erika may & Tom Byrne @ Kitchen Sink

coming attractions!

I’m looking forward to performing with Tom Byrne, Carol Eder, Aalim Dance Co, and Jamie Zane Smith during the coming month.

Friday, Feb 13th, 1:30pm – 3:30pm: Carol Eder and I will perform jazz / Latin standards and classical flute and guitar duets at the Stone Spiral Coffee and Curios

Saturday, Feb 14th, 5 – 9pm: Tom Byrne and I will perform jazz and blues at The Kitchen Sink to celebrate Mardi Gras. The Kitchen Sink has some great New Orleans styled cuisine to let “le bon temps roullez”!!

Saturday, Feb 21st, 8pm – ? Aalim Dance Company is hosting A Night at the Casbah, I’ll perform (vocals and guitar) some sultry jazz numbers between belly dance sets.

Friday, Feb 27, 1:30 – 3:30pm:  Carol and I will return to the Stone Spiral for another afternoon of flute and guitar ~ sit in the big sunny window and warm up with a coffee and lunch with us.

Thursday, March 12, 7-10pm: Jamie Zane Smith will join me at Evangeline’s for my originals, Spanish songs, and Jazz Standards using cello, flute, guitar and more! Check out their menu to choose what you want to eat from their New Orleans style offerings.

erika may & Carol Eder flute and Guitar

erika may & Carol Eder flute and Guitar

erika may & Tom Byrne @ Kitchen Sink

erika may & Tom Byrne @ Kitchen Sink

erika may @ Evangeline's

erika may @ Evangeline’s

Tonight @ Stone Spiral Coffee & Curios

Tonight, from 7 – 9pm,  Serene Leona and Pauline Kubelka Stark are going to come out and jam with me at the Stone Spiral Coffee & Curios, 25oo Sutton Ave. You ain’t heard nothing yet peeps till you’ve listened to these beautiful ladies play! I love them and so will you.

Serene has a rich, honest voice that brings her songs of real life alive. When she sings, you will get that gut felt feeling that she is singing about your life, because she is living it and her lyrics tell it like it is!

Pauline has been making sweet jazz on her piano for – let’s just say, a long time! she throws it down with the power and grace that comes from many years of loving all that is jazz. You do not want to miss an opportunity like this!

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Traveler’s Table End of Season Picnic

I’m so happy to tell you about this fun event, the Traveler’s Table is hosting a picnic on their grounds. On Sept 7th, from 1 – 6pm, they will prepare special picnic foods for sale, have musicians, and venders. I hope you can make it!!

Traveler's Table PicnicBliss Hippy is one of my favorite bands in the area. I performed with them last Friday, Aug. 22, at the Focal Point in St. Louis to an enthusiastic crowd. Check out their cd “Buddha Face“, my flute playing is featured on several tracks, I especially like track #5 “What’s this Desire”.

Chris Case and Tim Bond will each be playing old timey and bluesy originals, with their own special take on this classic sound.

Azaima Anderson brings her finely crafted songs. Azaima’s music is lyric-driven. Drawing from her country, pop, folk, rock, blues and jazz influences, she selects the style that will best serve the story.

I’ll be performing with the Ozark Gypsy Tribe. my family tribe including Jamie, on sax, mandolin, flute, and guitar, Colleen Smith, vocals and percussion, and their children adding a wonderful joie de vivre singing and dancing.  Plus, of course, there will be some special guests.

There will be cool and fantastic venders selling their artistic wares, look for Carney Dirt, the Ozark Wildstead, and others. Don’t forget to bring your hoop, Cara Snyder!!

Summer @ the Traveler’s Table and to worlds beyond

This summer has been a bounty of peaceful scenery, music making and listening, and lots of communing with friends and family. I’ve been performing only my original songs at the Traveler’s Table. This has helped me to delve deeper into my personal repertoire and has inspired me to continue writing new songs. It has been so exciting to add the cello to more songs.

erika may @ Traveler's Table

erika may performs @ the Traveler’s Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Kirlin and Chris Johansson continue to serve tasty home made creations at the Traveler’s Table. This week saw a batch of Gazpacho made with locally grown organic tomatoes, a multi-layered Greek Salad, Teriyaki bowls with chicken or steak, and a bountiful pork rib dinner!

Traveler's Table sign copy

Traveler’s Table cafe sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traveling across the country to Eugene for the Faerieworlds Festival, I saw and heard many wonderful musicians. here are some photos of the bands I heard. The inimitable Jessica Star and Woodland. Woodland is responsible for starting and continuing with many successful years of Faerieworlds. This year’s headliners were the Pagan folk band Omnia. Unfortunately my photos didn’t do them justice. Brother is a highly contagious band that features the bagpipes and didgeridoo. Plus I had to get a special braid in my hair to be in the spirit.

Jessica Star and Joseph Blackfeather

Jessica Star and Joseph Blackfeather at Fairieworlds july 2014

fairieworlds Woodland

Woodland at Fairieworlds July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faerieworlds my braid

My hair is braided at Faerieworlds

 

Brother from Australia at Faerieworlds

Brother from Australia at Faerieworlds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting into a car and driving to Seattle to re-connect with friends and extended family meant a lot to me. I met cousins I haven’t seen for a gadzillion years! and dear sweet friends!

Karen Jensencousins Karl Rsisters Chris and Anna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy May Day!

erika may music - happy lily

erika may music – happy lily

 

Good Morning Spring! it is wet and warming up. The early spring blooms are here, lily, trillium, spring beauties, buttercups, Blue bonnets,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trillium were especially potent harbingers of spring, the May Apples are blooming, but I have yet to see any morels!! and the Dogwoods and Redbuds are in full bloom!!

 

erika may music - trillium

erika may music – trillium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dogwoods with their iconographic death and rebirth theme!

erika may music - dogwood blooms

erika may music – dogwood blooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and I can get lost in contemplating the beauty of nature while forest bathing under these trees!

erika may music - spring forest

erika may music – spring forest

Bliss Hippy @ the Public House Brewing Company

Last night was so special as I had the opportunity to sit in on the flute with some very musically talented and kind hearted people, Bliss Hippy! They performed at the Public House Brewing Company. Bliss Hippie is fronted by Maureen and Richard Hall. they write most of their own material which can sometimes be called a little controversial and have a lovely selection of cover tunes. They call it “Psychadelic Folk”! Two Bliss Hippy songs placed in the top-five category of the Great American Song Contest.

Maureen has a strong alto voice and puts elemental feelings into the songs she sings – no one is immune to her rich, captivating and soulful singing! Richard has won awards for his songwriting! His songs are direct statements of what he believes told in bold, sometimes funny, and always entertaining style. Joe adds his love of musical styles as he plays groovy and intelligent guitar. His solos rock out!

Maureen, Richard, and Joe

Maureen, Richard, and Joe

Bliss Hippie - Maureen Hall

Maureen Hall blissing out!

Bliss Hippie - Maureen and Richard

Maureen and Richard Hall perform @ the Public House Brewing Company in Rolla, MO

erika may ~ jazzy hippie chick

erika may w/flute and cello

erika may w/flute and cello

 vocals, flute, & cello

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, Blossom Dearie, and Ricki Lee Jones. Her songs are imbued with stunning creativity like Bjork and Florence and the Machine, she writes compelling lyrics like Joni Mitchell, and her music is 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.

Whether it’s singing jazz standards, Spanish songs, & originals, improvising on her flute, accompanying herself on guitar and/or cello as a solo act, or swinging with jazz combos as both a leader and a sideman, or 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 performance.

listen to recordings by clicking on reverbnation.com/erikamay

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!

She brings this experience and exuberance to teaching students, inspiring them to fall in love with their instrument. Call for lessons or look for her at City Music StL.

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September & October – Travel & Gigs

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!

Wow, a link to my albums on itunes!

Wow, a link to my albums on itunes!

Sweet, here is a link to the song “Twisted” from my album “cat in a hat” on itunes. Go check it out and write a little blurb for me! also if you buy some songs I’ll love you forever!

I recorded this album with Dave Black, Willem von Hombracht, Paul DeMarinis, and Farshid Soltanshahi at Billy Engel’s studio. It was such a wonderful experience to connect musically with these incredible musicians.

It looks like this fall we might have a performance or two! Yay!