Erik Griswold is a composer and pianist working in contemporary classical, improvised, and experimental forms. Particular interests include prepared piano, percussion, environmental music, and music of Sichuan province. Originally from San Diego, and now residing in Brisbane, he composes for adventurous musicians, performs as a soloist and in Clocked Out, and collaborates with musicians, artists, dancers, and poets.
His music has been performed in Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Cafe Oto, Roulette, Super Deluxe, Chengdu Arts Centre, Melbourne Festival, OzAsia Festival, and Brisbane Festival, among many others. He is a recipient of an Australia Council Fellowship in Music, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, and numerous individual grants. He has collaborated with musicians Steven Schick, Margaret Leng Tan, Lisa Moore, the Australian Art Orchestra, Decibel Ensemble, Zephyr String Quartet, Ensemble Offspring, and many others. His music can be heard on Cold Blue, Immediata, Room40, Innova, Sonoluminus, Mode Records, Tall Poppies, Move, and Clocked Out.
Together with Vanessa Tomlinson, Griswold directs Clocked Out, creating original music for prepared piano, percussion, found objects, and toys. Their albums include Time Crystals, Foreign Objects, Water Pushes Sand, and Every night the same dream. Clocked Out also produces innovative concert series, events and tours, for which they have received two APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards (Excellence in Experimental Music, 2017, Excellence by an Organisation, 2011) and two Green Room Awards (2000).
Griswold holds a PhD from University of California, San Diego, where he studied with Roger Reynolds, Joji Yuasa, and George Lewis. He received a Bachelor of Music from University of Southern California, studying with Frederick Lesemann and Don Crockett.