From traditional to modern and from bluegrass to jazz, classical, and beyond Erik Alvar has studied and performed with some of the most revered musicians in their respected genres. After earning a master’s degree from the University of Florida, where he was fully funded working as a jazz graduate assistant, Alvar made the move to Brooklyn, NY where he is swiftly finding his way into the local music scene.
Alvar grew up in Florida studying bass and mandolin while performing around the state with his father and brother in a band called the Surf Road Project. Continuing on this path Alvar went on to the Florida State University to earn a degree in commercial music where he studied recording technology, music engineering, and producing as well as business, jazz, and classical bass.
The next move took him to Nashville, TN where within two weeks of arriving he was on a tour bus and travelling the country. Alvar quickly became a first call bluegrass bassist working with bands such as Billy Strings, the Jim Hurst Trio, and Rebecca Frazier. While there he also performed on the second national tour of A Christmas Story, a Musical out of New York City along with other theater productions such as Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes and Classic Nashville Roadshow.
In addition to performing and recording, Alvar keeps up a busy schedule teaching with a private studio that includes upright bass, electric bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele students both online and in person.