Soviet Union Polemicist On Jazz Music:

“The dry knock of an idiotic hammer penetrates the utter stillness. One, two, three, ten, twenty strikes, and afterwards a wild whistling and squeaking as if a ball of mud was falling into clear water; then follows a rattling, howling and screaming like the clamor of a metal pig, the cry of a donkey or the amorous croaking of a monstrous frog. The offensive chaos of this insanity combines into a pulsing rhythm. Listen to this screaming for only a few minutes, and one involuntarily pictures an orchestra of sexually wound-up madmen, conducted by a Stallion-like creature who is swinging his giant genitals.”

From ‘Vilified, Venerated, Forbidden: Jazz in the Stalinist Era’ by Martin Lücke.



The Impossible Will Take a Little While – Teaser!

The Impossible Will Take a Little While


The Impossible Will Take a Little While is a song cycle for mezzo-soprano, three ensemble voices (soprano, tenor, baritone), and a chamber orchestra comprised of traditional acoustic and electronic instruments by Eric Lemmon. The goal of the work is to celebrate the impact that ordinary people can achieve through small political acts. These acts mobilize and give hope to others, which is the ultimate tale of political power through democratic principles. The work does not expound upon a particular political issue or ideology, but aims to match the tenor of the texts it is based on –which describes that recognizing how political change in democratic society occurs is important to sustaining action in the face of systemic inertia. By melding this discursive idea to the emotional power of music, Eric’s desire is to offer the same inspiration he gained from the essays and poems in Loeb’s book.  

The Impossible Will Take a Little While has been written for Highline Chamber Ensemble, Kate Maroney, and three voices to be premiered September 8th, 2015 at 7:30PM at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Mary Flagler Cary Hall. The work is based on poetry from the collection of essays of the same title compiled and edited by Paul Rogat Loeb.

Tuesday | 9.8.15 | 7:30PM
The Dimenna Center for Classical Music
$25 General Admission
$20 students, veterans & seniors.
Doors open at 7:00PM, Performance at 7:30PM


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Love Story with Highline Chamber Ensemble

City of New York 2013

Totally forgot to boost this.  I was part of a really cool project all of 2013, where a jazz guitarist and composer Matt Davis would write a couple new tunes every month featuring a specific under-represented demographic in NYC.  Here is what he said:

This is music written about New York City. Every month of 2013 I spoke to different groups of people, recorded our conversations, wrote music based on the insights and stories they told me, and then rehearsed, recorded and performed the music with my group, Aerial Photograph. Here are the groups I spoke with:

Seniors/Elderly New Yorkers
Recovering Addicts/Alcoholics
Religious Believers
Community Builders
Homeless people
NYC Teachers
Incarcerated people
Artists and Musicians

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The Peace of Wild Things


To Be of Use



I’m really looking forward to working on the piece and ultimately the public component to this residency!

From the site:

Announcing Our 2014-15 EtM Con Edison Composers-in-Residence

David Johnston 

We are thrilled to announce the 2014-15 EtM Con Edison Resident Composers. Each composer will receive three months of residency space in a cultural facility in his/her borough of residence in addition to a $1250 stipend. The composer and host facility will also collaborate on presenting a public program for the community as the culmination of the residency.

Presenting the 2014-15 awardees and their host facilities:


Richard Carrick

Juan Pablo Contreras

Turtle Bay Music School

Eric Lemmon

Bloomingdale School of Music

Ian Ng

The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School 

at Lighthouse Guild International


Mary Kouyoumdjian

Matt McBane
Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy


Kento Iwasaki

Nina Siniakova

Flushing Town Hall

The International Double Reed Society and Circles and Lines Present New Music for Double Reeds


Composer collective Circles and Lines teams up with the International Double Reed Society for an evening of music featuring virtuosi of the double reed world. C + L celebrates five years of concerts with commissions for The New York Philharmonic’s Rob Botti, ICE’s Rebekah Heller, contemporary star soloist Jacqueline LeClaire, Ensemble ACJW’s Brad Balliet, Alarm Will Sound’s Gina Cuffari and Christa Robinson, and Talea’s Adrian Morejon at SubCulture New Music Venue and underground bar. The program features five world premieres of pieces by C + L composers Angélica Negrón, Conrad Winslow, Noam Faingold, Dylan Glatthorn and Eric Lemmon, fifteen minute-long world premieres written for Robert Botti, as well as works by Marcos Balter, Edgar Guzman, and Ernst Krenek.  The evening will present two sets of the composers’ pieces, plus a third, late ‘open’ set featuring improvisations, works for electronics and other works programmed by the performers.

SubCulture 45 Bleecker St. – Downstairs.
Wednesday August 6th, 2014

Set I (Door at 6:00, Concert at 6:30):
Sonatina by Ernst Krenek
All This Talk of Saving Souls by Eric Lemmon
Fifteen Minutes of Fame for Vox Novus
Breaking the Surface by Noam Faingold
Unearth by Dylan Glatthorn
Tone Riddles by Conrad Winslow
Stereogram by Angélica Negrón

Set II (Door at 8:00, Concert at 8:30):
∞¿? by Edgar Guzman
All This Talk of Saving Souls by Eric Lemmon
and also a fountain… by Marcos Balter
Tone Riddles by Conrad Winslow
Three Caprices by Brad Balliet
Unearth by Dylan Glatthorn
Breaking the Surface By Noam Faingold
Stereogram by Angélica Negrón

Set III (Door at 10:00, Concert at 10:30):
Following by Dai Fujikura for solo bassoon (world premiere)
Qualia II by Marcelo Toledo for bassoon and tape
On speaking a hundred names by Nathan Davis for bassoon and live processing
Press Release by David Lang
New Work by Sunny Knable for bassoon/voice
Three Caprices (solo bassoon) – written and performed by Brad Balliett
Matt Sullivan/Paul McCandless – oboe improv
Following by Dai Fujikura for solo Bassoon