Eric Alabaster is a drummer, composer, Tabla player and music educator based in New York where he was born. He has played on Broadway on Cruises and traveled throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and South Asia. He has composed and arranged for theater radio and T.V.
Some of the artists Eric has worked with in Jazz and Desi music on drums, percussion and tabla: the guitarist Marc Ribot; trombonist Roswell Rudd; Pakistani vocalists: Fariha Pervez; Tahira Syed; Muni Begum; Fidah Hussain ; Nazakit Ali; the Benjamin Sisters; Taranum Naz; Nooran Lal; the husband and wife team of Salamatali and Azra Riaz. He has recorded and performed with saxophonist Roy Nathanson and trumpeter Duane Eubanks.
Eric studied composition with the legendary Jimmy Heath; drumming with Elliot Zigmund, Desi (South Asian) Rhythms and Tabla with Ustad Mulazim Hussain, Radio / T.V. Islamabad, Pakistani; Eric has an M.A. in Music from Queens College, N.Y.
Eric continues improving his reading writing and speaking skills in Yiddish, Urdu, Hindi, and Spanish.
Eric’s involvement and close relationships with the Pakistani community has enabled him to curate and consult for various organizations at festivals, functions and events. He has received grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council and Citizens Committee of New York City.