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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Eric St. Godard has been establishing himself as a bandleader and an active member of the Manitoba music scene. 

 

Eric began taking piano lessons at the age of five, and later received his Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 8 Certificate. However his interest in jazz music grew exponentially during his time in high school. Eric graduated from the Brandon University School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of the widely-acclaimed pianist, Micheal Cain. In addition, Eric also studied under the intelligent and well-known Canadian musician and composer, Jeff Presslaff. 

 

Eric’s musical influences are quite diverse, but can mostly be credited to the blues/post-bop language and virtuosity of Oscar Peterson, the harmonic textures of Bill Evans, as well as the exploratory natures of Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett, just to name a few. Eric has also been influenced by genres outside of the jazz realm — from The Meters, Billy Joel, and The Beatles. Ultimately, Eric strives to use elements from his influences to tell a story through his compositions and improvisations, and aims to bring an invigorating, thought-provoking, and individual sound to the Canadian music scene. 

Eric has also been able to work with some of Manitoba’s finest jazz musicians for his recording projects and numerous live events in Manitoba.  He currently leads two ensembles - The E3 (trio) and The E4 (quartet), which have played at the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, and at one of Canada's longest running and most prominent jazz venue, Yardbird Suite in Edmonton, Alberta. 

In addition to performing, Eric is an active music educator, most notably as an instructor at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he teaches Jazz, Classical and General piano. Eric also has a busy private instruction schedule with a growing number of students, ranging from the ages of 4 all the way to adults, and is a certified Royal Conservatory of Music piano teacher. 

 

His latest recording projects Perspectives (2021), and Look Here (2022), are available on all streaming platforms, and released two solo piano EPs in the winter of 2023. 

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