Eric Archer is a multi-instrumentalist musician, visual artist, and poet drawing inspiration from nature and its bounty. Exploring collaborations as diverse as americana, trip-hop, kirtan, folk, meditative, celtic, ambient, and Indian-classical, Eric aims to continually expand his own sounds and tastes to offer a unique feel to the universal language. Eric continues to collaborate with Prema Mayi and Radharani on their mantra music fusions, and accompany Biff Mithoefer in his Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings -- pairing music with these deeply meditative and educational settings. Eric is a tabla student of Sri Suryaksha Desphande of the Farrukhabad Gharana, and a bansuri flute student of Grammy-Award winner Steve Gorn. Eric synthesizes these eclectic musical threads into a sound that is at once both traditional and modern. Eric has taught and played music at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies as the Bard/Musician-in-Residence, and as a staff-instructor. He was also one of the Innkeepers of the historic Sunnybank Inn in Hot Springs, NC -- a focal point within the tradition of Southern balladry, Appalachian roots music, and Scotch-Irish folk songs.
Eric has been core faculty at the Omega Institute teaching meditation since 2016, and has piloted programs in mindfulness and music at the Millbrook School and the Finger Lakes School of Massage. He has also co-produced and hosted the lecture and storytelling series Everyday Expert, a platform for localized education and community enrichment in the Hudson Valley of New York.
Eric's visual art is a hybrid of natural, found, and recycled materials channeled into wall sculpture through the human touch. His woodcarved-paintings allow natural and organic shapes and processes to guide his work, where these patterns speak first, drawing the viewer into a sense of curiosity and wonder.
Eric's spoken word poetry is a linguistic expression of his musical and artistic passions, and has flowered from his love of teaching meditation, exploring the question, "Where does guided meditation end, and spoken word poetry begin?" Through the use of imagery, self-inquiry, visualization, and metaphor, Eric guides listeners through an experience of collective in-sights, heartbeats, and felt breaths.