Eric is incredibly talented piper as well as a consummate professional. He went above and beyond throughout the entire process. He made himself readily available in the pre-planning stage, shared his years of experience, offered insight that made our ceremony better. Above all, his musicianship is spectacular! He played pipes and low whistle for us, his mastery of both was evident by the emotion he evoked in every person. We could not have been happier. It's rare to have a talent such as Eric available at will. Book Mr Rigler early, book him often, the best.
With a list of credits unparalleled in the genre of Celtic music, Eric's sounds have touched people worldwide. Unforgettable are his solos on one of the best-selling original motion picture soundtracks of all time, TITANIC, or the musical spirit of William Wallace in Mel Gibson's BRAVEHEART. Movie-goers saw Eric pipe Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank into the boxing ring in MILLION DOLLAR BABY, and laughed at the bagpipe sounds of Mike Myers' "Fat Bastard" in AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME. The lyrical sounds of Eric's uilleann pipes still grace the radio waves on the mega-hits "You Raise Me Up" by JOSH GROBAN and "True Colors" by PHIL COLLINS.
Eric's diverse range of gigs spans the globe: from playing a private family party for STEVEN SPIELBERG to performing in Tokyo with Japan's most famous guitarist, KAZUMI WATANABE, to Scotland for a concert with PAUL MCCARTNEY, a Grammy-winning album and touring the Americas with Salsa legend & Hollywood actor, RUBÉN BLADES, to New York City for an appearance on THE VIEW with JOSH GROBAN, and back home to Los Angeles for everything "Hollywood" and playing for the LAPD and LA County Sheriff's Department police funerals.
Eric's investment in mastering his instruments took him to Scotland & Ireland for 10 years where he studied under these country's finest players to became a top prizewinner in solo competitions in Scotland. Being a full-time musician, Eric has played hundreds of weddings, funerals, parties and other events due to his flexibility of schedule. Short-notice gigs are welcome! As a testament to his character, Eric's success has come from not only being one of the world's top pipers but also from his friendly nature and ease to work with—he really loves his job! Having performed around the world for many years Eric has opened his schedule for private and public availability, returning to his love of connecting with people to help make their event totally special. Contact him for a reasonable quote and to assist in planning your event. Why use the rest when you can afford the best!
Scottish and Irish music…solo piper to several pipers…piper & drummer…Scottish & Irish dancers…Irish traditional music ensembles…Celtic rock band...and more.