Bio

erika may, the jazzy hippie chick  / featuring – vocals, flute, & cello

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erika may ~ jazzy hippie chick / her music is described as avant garde, jazzy, with an emotionally strong voice that has been compared to Norah Jones. Her songs are imbued with creativity like Bjork and Florence and the Machine, compelling lyrics like Joni Mitchell, embodied with a fiery world-spirit.

erika may has an eclectic mix of edgy and deep music flecked with jazz, folk and various world influences. Her songs are described as having soaring, lyrical melodies in emotionally driven performance which creates a dynamic experience.

As a solo artist, erika may will set up a grounding bass line with her cello creating cello loops, fingerpick the guitar, sing and improvise with her flute on original songs and a variety of cover tunes and jazz standards.

Enjoy youtube videos, the strong Tell it Like it is, erika may’s original It’s No Accident, and erika’s rendition with flute and cello of the beautiful folk song, She Moved Through the Fair.

Whether it’s singing jazz standards, Spanish songs, or originals, and improvising on her flute as a solo act, accompanying herself on guitar and / or cello, or swinging with jazz combos as both a leader and a sideman, performing on flute in classical duets with piano or guitar, or being “in the band” with Americana/pop groups as a singer and flutist, erika may brings her personal flair, professionalism, and a loving joy of the music to each project.

erika may’s flute playing is sought after as an accompaniment on many recordings. Contact her to add flute, vocals, or cello to your recording project!

Click right here to for updates from erika may about upcoming performances, new projects, and free downloads

Musical Work Experience:

erika may’s first gig ever was performing for the King of Norway!

Most recent side project for erika may is performing with master herbalist and singer-songwriter Stephen Harrod Buhner (http://gaianstudies.org/Stephen.html) providing backup vocals and flute accompaniment. you can hear a sample at www.reverbnation.com/erikamay and listen to the track Summertime.

A highlight of her career was to performed Bach’s ‘Mass in B Minor’ with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra under Hans Vonk, and Goehr’s ‘Arrianna’ with the St. Louis Opera Theater directed by David Loebel.

She loves to perform with Farshid Etniko, a middle-eastern latin jazz band and a dear friend, Zambra, led by her wonderful friend Rabbi James Stone Goodman, The Speckled Band, an fun and danceable English Country Dance band fronted with the inimitable Paul Stammler, (Paul is playing the electric guitar in this clip) in a duo with classical guitarist Javier Padial, and romp through jazz standards with the Tina Jones Trio.  She regularly performs with Juliane Horvath in a classical flute – piano duo, and many solo and sideman gigs.

She uses her experiences and degrees to teach and taught as an Adjunct instructor at WNMU Music Department as Choir Master, taught Music Appreciation and individual voice coaching.

Discography:

Cat in a Hat:  erika may – vocals / flute, Dave Black – guitar, Willem von Hombracht – bass, Paul DeMarinis – saxophone. a romp of jazz songs including three original songs.

erika may and Friends:  erika may vocals / flute, Farshid Soltanshahi – guitar, Billy Engle – side guitar, a set of heartfelt original songs.

La Luna Ladina:  erika may – vocals / guitar, lovely songs from the Sephardic tradition, medieval Spanish, and the Renaissance sung in Spanish, ladino, and Latin.

erika may’s cds are on rotation at KOOT FM 88.1 in Silver City, NM.

Awards:

ACLU song competition finalist for the song “Borderland”

Independent Singer-Songwriter Association (ISSA) Honorable mention for “A Scene in your Show”

Education:

Attended Webster University of St. Louis Mo. and studied Jazz Studies with Paul DeMarinis, Flute performance with Jan Gippo and Janice Smith of the St. Louis Symphony, Voice with Pat Mankowitz of the St Louis Symphony Chorus, and obtained a Bachelors of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Flute Performance May of 2001. Obtained extensive knowledge of music theory, especially jazz theory, scoring and arranging, and music history.

Attended the Baroque Performance Institute and studied early music on recorder and voice.

She also studied with Robert Dick, the pre-eminent avant-guarde flutist, and Betsy Feldman, a noted contemporary classical flutist.

erika may studied voice with Jackie Eckgren, at the Musick Institute of Oslo while living for a year in Norway.

erika may studied cello with Mr. Gabriel Morales, former cellist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, while living in Las Cruces, NM. and with Eilif Gunstrum in Oslo Norway.

Press:
“erika may’s tone is warm and rich, her improvisations wild and free. I’ve worked with her in contexts ranging from Baroque music to vintage dance, to jazz to street bands, and I truly believe she can sing and play anything and give it class” Paul Stamler, radio programmer KDHX, St. Louis

“Thank you for your singing and playing at my wedding, it was so special for me” – KH St. Louis

“Your music brings beauty and blesses our Christmas and Easter services” Santa Clara Catholic Church, Santa Clara NM

“strong mature vocals – the exotic “searching for the silence” is my favourite” J. E.
“I love your soulful and jazzy vocals. Great work ! Much Love, K. :))”
“Great voice! Keep on doing what you’re doing!” B. A.
“Lovin’ what you’re doin’! Beautiful voice! “Highway one” grabbed me right off! Much success to you!” Z. B.
“Smooth, full-bodied, smart music loaded with style…I enjoyed listening and will be back for more! Latte love, AZW ;)” A.W.
“I love the freedom of your songs and lovely guitar and vocals. Your music creates a warm atmosphere in a class of its own. Best wishes” M-A. F.

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