Tim Eriksen, “one of the best singers in music” according to T-Bone Burnette, is a performer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and author who is best known for a hardcore Americana sound that unites a mastery of traditional American folk styles with innovative arrangement, original, and experimental music. Early trained in South Indian classical music, Mr. Eriksen holds in Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, cut his teeth playing punk, world, and indie rock in bands including the influential Cordelia’s Dad (post-punk and folk) and Žabe I Babe (Bosnian folk and rock). In 2018 Joan Baez chose his original song I Wish The Wars Were All Over as her final recorded musical statement. His collaborations have included the twice Grammy nominated Across the Divide with Afro Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, composer Evan Chambers’ symphonic song cycle
The Old Burying Ground, touring and recording with English traditional folk legend Eliza Carthy, a posthumous recording project with Esma Redžepova (“the queen of Gypsy music”), and extensive contributions as a performer and consultant to the Oscar-winning film Cold Mountain. With his longtime involvement in Sacred Harp or “shape-note” singing, Mr. Eriksen has helped spearhead an international revival of the music. As a professor he has taught at Amherst, Smith, Hampshire and Dartmouth Colleges, Wesleyan University, and the University of Minnesota. As an applied ethnomusicologist he worked with a team led by Target CEO Bob Ulrich to conceptualize the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Mr. Eriksen’s media appearances have included Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and the Academy Awards, and he is reputedly the only performer to have shared a stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson.