Eric Kaye - '92

Eric was a music major at Williams and is now the Executive Creative Director/Partner of the Lodge, a music production company with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, and Dallas. He is also a comproser, producer, and musician and sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Music Producers.

Eric has written music for over 100 television commercials for clients such as Mercedes, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Fila, and Doritos. Two of his compositions made the prestigious Shoot Magazine’s ‘Madison Avenue Top Ten’. He has written music for shows such as Dawson’s Creek, Joan of Arcadia, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, VH1’s Ambushed!, and several indie films, including Ralph Macchio’s Sundance hit, ‘Love thy Brother’. Eric has scored television programs for VH1, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, the Learning Channel, Noggin, and PBS.

As a composer/producer/musician, musicians he has worked with include Luther Vandross, Tito Nieves, Will Lee, The English Beat’s Dave Wakeling, and The Prodigals among others.

Eric oversees a staff of 20 composers, as well as acting as the liaison between the composers and clients, usually advertising agencies, directors, and producers. He is an accomplished instrumentalist and has performed in numerous bands and orchestras over the years, playing keyboards, guitar, mandolin, and bass. Other instruments Eric has been known to play are the drums, banjo, charango, zampoña, cavaquinho, oud, saz, harmonica, ocarina, various percussion instruments, and the Balinese Gamelan.

Eric is a third generation professional musician. His grandfather played in the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. His father, an accomplished jazz pianist, performed with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey, among others. He continues the family tradition as one of the hottest composers on the scene today. He received a degree in Composition with Honors at Williams College and won the Berkshire Symphony Student Composer Competition for his ‘The Descent – An Orchestral Fantasy’, a four movement work inspired by Dante’s Inferno.