Eric Walton, better known by the stage name Skerik, is an American saxophonist from Seattle, Washington. Performing on the tenor and baritone saxophone, often with electronics and loops, he is a pioneer in a playing style that has been called saxophonics.
He is a founding member of Critters Buggin, Garage a Trois, Tuatara, and Skerik’s Syncopated Taint Septet. He is also an original member of both Les Claypool’s Fancy Band and Frog Brigade. Skerik also worked with grunge band Mad Season.
The Royal We first started as the informal late-night group at the Royal Room lounge. The music is vastly improvised and culminates from motifs and compositions by Wayne Horvitz as well as inspirations from African pop music, 60’s modal jazz and open improvisational forms. With a rapport of weekly sessions, the group members share a long time standing with each other and the in-formalness of their culmination makes for spontaneous music and a unique openness.
Wayne Horvitz – piano & keyboards
Geoff Harper – bass
Alex Guy – violin
Skerik – saxophone
Andy Roth – drums
Iván Galvez- percussion