Eliot Krimsky is an American vocalist, instrumentalist, songwriter, and artist based in New York City. Best known as the frontman of Glass Ghost, in 2014 he released the solo album Radiant Veil, which includes nine solo piano pieces written by Krimsky. Krimsky has also worked on a variety of film soundtracks, and his compositions have been included on films premiering at festivals such as Sundance, South By Southwest, Anthology Film Archives, and the Walter Reade Theater.
Eliot Krimsky graduated with a BA from Tufts University in American studies. He also earned a BA in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and afterwards moved to New York. From 2004 to 2008 he was active with the art-pop band Flying, which he co-founded.
2000s: Early bands
In the late 2000s Krimsky and drummer Mike Johnson "met at a wedding gig," and shortly after the began performing together in the jazz band Best of Boston. After the band dissolved Krimsky moved to New York City, where he co-founded the band Flying in 2005, which disbanded in 2008. Krimsky and Johnson continued to collaborate afterwards, forming the electro and indie rock duo Glass Ghost. Johnson contributed drums, while as frontman Krimsky handled both keyboards and vocals.
2009: Idol Omen
Glass Ghost began recording their debut album Idol Omen in the summer of 2008. Krimsky "sings about everyday mysteries in a relaxed, uncanny falsetto, tending to keyboards that dryly flicker and drone." Released on October 27, 2009 through the label Western Vinyl, Idol Omen was largely well-received by critics. Wrote Pitchfork in a positive review about the release, "Eliot Krimsky sings about everyday mysteries in a relaxed, uncanny falsetto, tending to keyboards that dryly flicker and drone. Instruments from the classical world, as well as various junk percussion and vocal harmonies, meld unobtrusively, with the same laconic drift."
Glass Ghost traveled across the United States in support of the album, touring with White Rabbits and playing shows with Deerhoof, Dirty Projectors, and Here We Go Magic. Also, the album's single "Like a Diamond" was featured on the soundtrack of Bored to Death, a show on HBO. Sharon Van Etten also covered "Like a Diamond." About her choice of cover material, she was quoted saying "Eliot Krimsky is one of my favorite writers. His left hand is hip hop, his right hand is jazz and his lyrics are beat."
In 2013, Krimsky helped contribute keyboards and arrangements to the Luke Temple album Good Mood Fool, and as of 2014, Krimsky continued to collaborate to the band Here We Go Magic as a keyboardist. Krimsky performed with Steven Reker and the band Pearls in 2014, for the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center.
Krimsky has worked on a variety of film soundtracks, and his compositions have been included on films premiering at festivals such as Sundance, South By Southwest, Anthology Film Archives, and the Walter Reade Theater. In 2014 he also released the album Radiant Veil, which includes nine solo piano pieces written by Krimsky. He has also announced a collaboration that debuted on April 15, 2015 with Ryan Seaton, where he composed a live dance score for Portrait Study by choreographer Beth Gill. The show debuted at the Live Ideas Festival curated by Laurie Anderson.
After Idol Omen, Tyler Wood was added to Glass Ghost on keyboards and percussion. Their sophomore album LYFE was released on September 16, 2014. From March 17 to March 29 in 2014, the four-member band held a performance residency of LYFE™,http://www.ps122.org/glass-ghost/ as part of the Performance Space 122 residency called RAMP.www.ps122.org For the RAMP series, they explore "the convergence of technological mediation and music through live conceptual, participatory concerts." Krimsky is artistic director of the new media performance, which premiered in May 2015 at Lincoln Center.