• 721 Lounge (map)
  • 721 Sutter Street
  • San Francisco, CA, 94109
  • United States

AT AN EARLY AGE, ERIC SHIFRIN FELL IN LOVE WITH THE PIANO.  THE CHEAP PARLOR TRICKS, BOOGIE WOOGIE, THE PRETTY STUFF TOO. 

HIS MOTHER HELPED HIM TO LEARN TO READ MUSIC  BY PLACING HIM ON HER LAP WITH HIS HANDS ON HER FINGERS AS SHE PLAYED THROUGH MANY CLASSICAL FAVORITES.

TRADITIONAL PIANO LESSONS FOLLOWED, AND BY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION SHIFRIN WAS DEEPLY INVOLVED IN MUSIC AND IMPROVISATION.

ALTO SAX BECAME THE INSTRUMENT OF CHOICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS, AND DOUBLING ON THE KEYS HELPED KEEP HIM IN DEMAND AS A SIDEMAN.  AT THE SAME TIME, COMPOSING AND RECORDING BECAME A PERSONAL PASSION FOR HIM.

DURING AN EARLY STAY IN THE BAY AREA, SHIFRIN PICKED UP A FEW PIANO GIGS AND GRADUALLY DRIFTED BACK TO FULL TIME PIANIST, OCCASIONALLY BARKING OUT A VOCAL FOR FUN.

MOVING FIRST BACK TO LOS ANGELES, HE EVENTUALLY LANDED A GIG ON THE CRUISE SHIPS IN HAWAII.  FOR SEVERAL YEARS HE SERVED AN APPRENTICESHIP THERE, BUFFING UP HIS REPERTOIRE AND HIS SOLO PERFORMANCE CHOPS.

SINCE RELOCATING BACK TO SAN FRANCISCO IN THE EARLY NINETIES, SHIFRIN HAS BEEN GIGGING NON-STOP.  AT FIRST, HE BACKED VOCALISTS. LATER, HE BRANCHED OFF ON HIS OWN WITH HIS TRIO : ERIC & THE IN CROWD FEATURING HIS PIANO AND VOICE.  THIS BAND PERFORMED HUNDREDS OF TIMES AT  NEARLY EVERY VENUE IN THE CITY. 

SHIFRIN HAS ALSO TRAVELED TO BRAZIL, SWITZERLAND AND JAPAN FOR PERFORMANCES.
 

FROM 1999 TILL 2013: HOUSE PIANIST AT LOCAL HISTORICAL LANDMARK:
THE FAIRMONT SAN FRANCISCO. 

ERIC IS A COMPOSER, INSTRUCTOR AND INVENTOR IN ADDITION TO HIS FULL TIME PIANO DUTIES.   A FANATIC FOR RECORDINGS AND SHEET MUSIC,  HIS REPERTOIRE IS VAST AND STILL GROWING, AND HE IS ALWAYS HAPPY TO SHARE!