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Lindsay, Erica

Lindsay, Erica, tenor sax, soprano, flute, composer; b. San Francisco, CA, 5 June 1955. At the age of five her family moved to Europe where her parents were educators for the American School system. They lived in various places in France and Germany.

She began playing piano, clarinet and then saxophone in high school as well as private studies with Mal Waldron. After studying at Berklee School of Music in Boston she returned to Europe to begin working professionally as a composer, arranger and soloist. She lived in Munich, Germany, until she moved to NYC in 1980, and eventually settled in the Woodstock area. Since that time she has performed with leaders such as Melba Liston, Clifford Jordon, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, Baikida Carroll, Sumi Tonooka, Pheeraon akLaff and Oliver Lake.

She has been active composing for theatre, television, dance, as well as performing with poets and performance artists Carl Hancock-Rux, Janice King, Janine Vega, Mikail Horowitz and Nancy Ostrowsky.

She is presently on the music faculty at Bard College.

As sideperson:
Baikida Carroll: Marionettes on a High Wire; Oliver Lake Big Band recording

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