What a blessing, I get to be an artist in residence for the Steelville Arts Council, for three months. What this means is that I’m living in a cute little house in Steelville, Mo for the purpose of writing music and practicing like crazy to make a concert happen. The purpose is to promote the Steelville Arts Council!
I’m preparing a concert of originals using flute, cello, voice, and interpretive dance as well as finessing Astor Piazzolla’s TANGO-ETUDES pour flute seule (for solo flute). The concert will be on May 23rd at Gallery Zeke and will also be performed at the Tavern of Fine Arts in St. Louis on May 30th. I hope to see you at one of these performances!
Playing with some photos for a flyer!
Tomorrow it is the winter solstice, I am grateful for the support, love, and good vibes coming my way!
Today I begin to move in a new direction, pulling talents and skills into a cohesive whole. It is the dream of moon and stars!
Here is a song about the youngest princess who dreamed of the full moon, the star Diana, and three birds pecking at a golden bowl. The mother interprets this for the daughter explaining who the moon, star and bowl represent.
It was wonderful to reconnect with family and friends – old & new in St. Louis and in Canada!
Meeting my new granddaughter, Leonora brought joy and more joy, and loving on Oca and Violet is sweeter than honey!
playing music with my teacher Paul DeMarinis (sax), Farshid Etniko Soltanshahi (guitar), Willem von Hombracht (bass) Randy Bahr,(guitar) and Kyle Honeycutt, (drums) at the jazz club Robbie’s House of Jazz was certainly a highlight of my year! As well as playing with Farshid at Gallery Zeke for the Steelville Arts Council and with his band at the winery was sublime.
My ongoing musical relationship with Stephen Buhner reached new heights while performing with him at his conference at the Mountain Waters Retreat center in October. Plus I got to meet so many wonderfully interesting, talented, and heart-filled new friends!
Driving home, I had the opportunity to catch up with my cousin Mike who I’d not seen is many many years. He is now married and has a lovely wife and daughter!
You can hear a few tracks from the gig at Robbie’s House of Jazz and of Stephen singing with me accompanying him on flute and vocals at my reverbnation site, www.reverbnation.com/erikamay.
Halloween brought a fun time sitting in with Chapel Blues from New Orleans NOLA at the Buckhorn Saloon with Rudy (sax) and Danny (trumpet) sitting in too! Rudy is an incredible sax player who recently moved from Silver City but returns to visit friends and family. Danny Arturo is the new music instructor at WNMU. Both these gentlemen blow a mean ax!
Well, that’s the catch up post for now! keep safe and love on the music!
A wonderful example of growth and healing…
It’s been a while since I last posted as I trudge through long days of trauma and glory.
In spite of all, I’ve had some wonderful musical experiences, first playing at Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, VA on June 8th with Stephen Harrod Buhner. Then he brought me to Woodland Essences in Cold Brook, NY on June 21 for another exciting concert. Keep posted for musical clips, photos, and maybe some video footage!
Now I’m planning a trip to St. Louis to visit family and play some music. This is cause for celebration as I will be reunited for special performances (dates and times coming) with my compadres, Dave Black, Willem von Hombracht, and Paul DeMarinis, who performed on my cd “Miao Miao”. I hope to connect with more of my musical and “kitty club” friends…. you know who you are, smiles!
check a photo of Dave and Paul here: http://www.jazzstl.org/experience/artists/dave-blackpaul-demarinis-group/
I will update this blog with further dates of performances with both my wonderful friends and solo gigs. Maybe even I’ll get a chance to perform with Jamie Zane Smith during this time!