Eric Taylor Escudero


Eric Escudero has collaborated as a research assistant with Dr. Marcia Ostashewski and The Centre for Sound Communities on various projects since 2020, including his role as project manager for the release and promotion of Bala, Lassana Diabaté’s CD of balafón music recorded and produced at The Centre for Sound Communities. As currrent Research, Engagement, and Education Lead, Eric’s responsibilities encompass research and asset creation, curation, and dedicated support of community-engaged projects and educational initiatives.

Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Eric attained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Multimedia from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. Subsequently, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Music and the Environment from the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland. Eric has just completed his M.A. in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University of Newfoundland where he is a Ph.D. candidate. His research delves into the rich tapestry of music and traditions within southeastern coastal communities in Brazil, with a particular focus on Fandango Caiçara music, exploring themes of cultural sustainability, identity, resistance, and belief in folk music. 

Beyond academia, Eric is an accomplished musician, having released two solo albums, We Were Young and It Was Morning (2016) and Mirrors (2020), along with three EPs. He recently collaborated with his duo, Ana & Eric, to release the album, Our House From Here, through the esteemed Newfoundland-based label, The Citadel House.