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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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!

Rahsaan Roland Kirk performs “aint no sunshine”

The raw emotionality of Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s playing has been a huge influence on my flute playing. He has been an inspiration for many flutists including Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame. I wish I had the chance to hear him live in concert. At least we have recordings and videos such as this to continue to spread his legacy.

enjoy this clip: