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
Occupations 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 who describes himself as a 'keyboardist, composer, producer and engineer'. Norlander has produced albums for Rocket Scientists and his wife, Lana Lane. He also has a progressive rock solo project titled simply Erik Norlander, and has toured and recorded with many singers and musicians.

In November 2007, he was announced as the keyboard player for the Asia spin-off, Asia Featuring John Payne, joining guitarist Guthrie Govan and drummer Jay Schellen.[1] Norlander toured and recorded with the band from 2007 through 2011 with plans to continue into 2012.[2]

In 2009 Norlander, in collaboration with science-fiction writer and lyricist Kevin J. Anderson, composed the music and produced the recording for the CD Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon by Roswell Six, featuring the singers James LaBrie, John Payne, Michael Sadler and Norlander's wife Lana Lane.[3][4][5]

In 2009 Norlander also toured in Europe with vocalist Joe Lynn Turner and the band Big Noize featuring bassist Phil Soussan, guitarist Carlos Cavazo and drummer Simon Wright.[6] In 2011, Norlander played several more dates with Big Noize, this time with drummer Vinny Appice.[7]


Erik attended UCLA[8] and California Lutheran University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature in 1989.[9]


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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