erika may “jazzy gypsy mama”
jazzy ~ vocals and flutist ; gypsy ~ eternal wanderlust ; mama ~ a woman of heart and soul
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. Her music is embodied with a fiery world-spirit.
The Jazzy Gypsy Mama, sets up a bass line with her cello creating loops and beats over which she fingerpicks the guitar, sings and improvises with her flute on original songs and a variety of cover tunes and jazz standards.
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.
- singing jazz standards, Spanish songs, & originals, improvising on her flute, accompanying herself on guitar and/or cello as a solo act,
- swinging with jazz combos as both a leader and a sideman,
- performing on flute in classical duets with piano or guitar,
- 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.
erika may’s flute playing is sought after as an accompaniment on many recordings. Check out Bliss Hippie’s Buddha Face track #5. 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!
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