Erik Norlander

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Erik Norlander
Erik Norlander in Indiana 2008.jpg
Background information
Born 1967
Origin United States
Genres Progressive rock, symphonic rock, electronic music, hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer, recording engineer, sound designer
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1993–present
Labels Think Tank Media
Associated acts Lana Lane
Rocket Scientists
Asia featuring John Payne

Erik Norlander (born 1967) is an American musician known for his work in the progressive rock genre. Since 2007 he has been the touring and recording keyboardist for Asia Featuring John Payne.


Starting in 1993, Norlander's earliest releases were with his band Rocket Scientists. He also collaborated in multiple roles on albums released by Lana Lane, his wife.

In November 2007, Eric was announced as the keyboard player for the Asia spin-off, Asia Featuring John Payne.[1]

In 2009 Norlander was involved in an group named Roswell Six, who record album accompaniments to the work of science-fiction writer and lyricist Kevin J. Anderson. Eric produced and composed the music for the group's album Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon.[2] The album featured a variety of guest vocalists including James LaBrie, John Payne, Michael Sadler of Saga and Lana Lane.[3]

Norlander also toured in Europe in 2009 with vocalist Joe Lynn Turner and the band Big Noize, featuring bassist Phil Soussan, guitarist Carlos Cavazo and drummer Simon Wright.[4] In 2011, Norlander again played with Big Noize, reformed with drummer Vinny Appice.[5]


Solo albums[edit]

  • Threshold (1997, re-released as a 2-CD package in 2003 as Threshold Special Edition)
  • Into the Sunset (2000)
  • Music Machine (2003, 2CD)
  • Stars Rain Down (2004)
  • Seas of Orion (2004)
  • Live in St. Petersburg (2006, CD and DVD)
  • Hommage Symphonique (2006)
  • The Galactic Collective (2010)

Rocket Scientists albums[edit]

  • Earthbound (1993)
  • Brutal Architecture (1995)
  • Earth Below and Sky Above: Live in Europe and America (1998)
  • Oblivion Days (1999)
  • Revolution Road (2006)
  • Looking Backward (2007)


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