As a 4th generation musician Erik-Peter Mortensen (aka Erik or EP) started singing professionally since the age of 9, first at the Metropolitan & New York City Opera Children’s Choruses, and then in many professional choirs through the present (most recently with the Schola of St. Agnes Church, in midtown Manhattan. Having naturally developed a passionate love for Early, Baroque, and Classical music, he wishes to make the beauty of these earlier styles appeal to much wider audiences, either through fusing it with other musical styles, creating new styles, or promulgating it through his own music scoring for films, video games, and other multimedia formats. EP holds a Music B.A. from Columbia University, NY and a Master Certificate for Orchestration for FIlm and TV from Berklee Music, MA.
Likes: Courtesy, compassion, kindness, beauty, music (listening to and creating most types!), Use of technology for the enhancement and preservation of humanity, Exploration of the Spirit (within) and Cosmos (without), Tennis, Volleyball, Chess, Billiards, Romance, friendship, games, art, movies. moderate temperatures and weather, food, sleep, teaching, driving, renewable energy, sustainable development, a Roddenberry like future technocracy where resources are never scares due to technological advances, economy and commerce are no longer necessary, and each person is afforded the opportunity to evolve into their full potential, humility (actual not false)
Dislikes: Discourtesy, arrogance, self righteousness, foul or obscene language in music (or anywhere else for that matter), cruelty, ugliness, the suppression of human rights to basic necessities, the rejection of scientific thought and processes, the denial of the spirit and innate knowledge of right and wrong, extreme temperatures, physical labor (as opposed to exercise!), lack of sleep, lack of shelter, lack of basic necessities, waiting too long for success or achieving goals, violence, aggression, oppression of government(s) to the common person (in the form of excessive or disproportionate taxes, fines, penalties and restrictions to the pursuit of happiness), dependence on fossil fuel, lack of transportation options, unsustainable development, lack of future vision, not embracing all people as brothers and sisters.
Favorite food: 0 calorie shirataki miracle noodles (Discovered it last year as a pasta replacement and lost 75 pounds switching)
Regular pasta too – but now limited!
Steak and other beef, chicken, pork proteins
(Styles) Chinese, Italian, Ukranian, Polish, German, French, American
Favorite Quote: “Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. […] If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.”
― Gene Roddenberry