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Tucson, Arizona, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010

Tucson, Arizona, United States
Established on Jan, 2010
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"Randolph to perform at Yankie Creek Coffee House"

“Erika is not only a skilled musician, but an artist,” says Zoe Wolfe, a dancer who will be performing with Randolph. “Be prepared to be engaged. Her sound is unique, inspiring and satisfying,”

SILVER CITY – Local musician Erika May Randolph will perform at 1 p.m. Sunday at Yankie Creek Coffee House, 112 W. Yankie Street in Silver City.

“For this performance, I’ve decided to play all original songs,” says Randolph. A musician since childhood, Randolph keeps audiences entertained with her unique combination of vocals, flute and cello.

“I’ll debut several new songs which feature looping the cello, and improvising with the flute,” she says. “As an added feature, Eileen Sullivan will join me to play some Irish fiddle tunes in honor of St Patrick’s Day.”

“Sunday’s performance is very personal to me,” Randolph notes. “Rather than my usual lighthearted romp through jazz standards, this concert will concentrate on original songs. I will be debuting several new songs that haven’t been heard in public before, as well as songs from the artist-in-residence program I completed in Steelville, Missouri, which have not been performed in Silver City.”

Randolph has been a Silver City resident since 2005. “I first performed at the Twisted Vine in a jazz trio with Michele Parlee and Byron Trammel,” she says. “This trio performed every Sunday for about 9 months.”

“Erika is an adventurous and fun singer, songwriter and performer,” says musician Azaima Anderson. “Her audience can’t help but enjoy the ride. Her over-the-top vocals channel Blossom Dearie and other jazz greats. When she’s playing jazz standards, she chooses the best of the American songbook. When she plays originals, her subjects take you around the world and back.”

Randolph has released several recordings, including “Cat in a Hat,” “Scenes in Dreams” and “La Luna Ladina,” which features songs from Sephardic, Renaissance and medieval sources. She was an ACLU song competition finalist for the song “Borderland,” and received an honorable mention from the Independent Singer-Songwriter Association for “A Scene in Your Show.”

“Erika M​a​y​ is a very gifted singer and songwriter whose music is soulful in the most delightful and unexpected ways,” says Jennifer Stroehmann of Silver City. “She combines playfulness with off-beat jazziness in a way that brings ‘cool’ to a whole new level.”

“Erika is not only a skilled musician, but an artist,” says Zoe Wolfe, a dancer who will be performing with Randolph at 2:30 p.m. March 20 at the Lotus Center in Silver City. “Be prepared to be engaged. Her sound is unique, inspiring and satisfying,”

Using her training, degrees and experience to teach others, Randolph has been an adjunct instructor with the Western New Mexico University Music Department, and also taught music appreciation and served as a vocal coach. She currently provides private cello and flute instruction.

In addition to being a professional musician, Randolph is also a therapist. “Music took a back seat while completing my studies and consequently landing the position of therapist at El Refugio,” she says. Further information about Randolph’s therapeutic work is available at the HeartSong Therapy website, heartsongtherapy.com. - Silver City Sun News


Discography

Cat in a Hat ~ a romp through jazz standards and three jazz originals by erika may. She is accompanied by Dave Black , guitar, Farshid Soltanshahi, guitar, Willem Von Hombracht, bass, Paul DeMarinis, sax, Billy Engel, both engineer and slide guitar

Erika May and friends, Scenes in Dreams ~ a cd of all original songs by erika may accompanied by Dave Black , guitar, Farshid Soltanshahi, guitar, Willem Von Hombracht, bass, Paul DeMarinis, sax, Billy Engel, both engineer and slide guitar

Double Trouble ~ erika may performs origina songs composed by looping her cello, singing and adding flute improvisations. 

La Luna Ladina ~ erika may takes you through the world singing Sephardic songs and Renaissance favorites accompanying herself on guitar 

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“Erika May combines playfulness with off-beat jazziness in a way that brings ‘cool’ to a whole new level.” says Jennifer Stroehmann of Silver City. “She is a very gifted singer and songwriter whose music is soulful in the most delightful and unexpected ways,”

erika may ~ is described as avant garde, jazzy, imbued with creativity like Bjork, 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 world influences. Her songs are described as having soaring, lyrical melodies in emotionally driven performance which creates a dynamic listening experience.


She is a formally trained singer, flautist, and cellist and performs as a solo artist using the cello to create loops over which she then sings, improvises with flute and fingerpicks guitar.

She also enjoys performing with jazz combos as both a leader and a sideman, classical duets with piano or guitar, in Americana/pop groups as a singer & flutist.

erika may's flute is on many recordings as a sought after sideman.

Her first gig ever was performing for the King of Norway!

A Highlight of her career was to performed Bachs Mass in B Minor with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra under Hans Vonk, and Goehrs Arrianna with the St. Louis Opera Theater directed by David Loebel.

She loves to perform with Farshid Etniko, who leads a middle-eastern latin jazz band and is a dear friend, Zambra, led by her wonderful friend, the Rabbi James Stone Goodman, The Speckled Band, a fun and danceable English Country Dance band fronted with the inimitable Paul Stammler, 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 having 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.

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

Awards: ACLU song competition finalist for the song Borderland

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

erika may 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.

She 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.



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