We continue our daily profiles of the musicians involved in the making of the Brooklyn Babylon recording with a look at saxophonist and flutist Erica von Kleist.
Erica has made her mark as one of the most in-demand young musicians in New York, performing and recording with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Chris Potter, Sean Jones, and Nicholas Payton. She was named a Rising Star on flute in the DownBeat Critics' Poll, and has proven herself a prolific and gifted composer, drawing on influences such as Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington, and Stevie Wonder. Erica has released two albums under her own name — Project E and No Exceptions — and published a jazz theory book for kids, A Cool Approach to Jazz Theory, whose convivial title masks Erica's true intent: to take a torch to the current jazz-educational complex and burn it to ashes.
If you had to guess "who is the most horsey amongst the Society's co-conspirators?" would you have guessed Erica? Really? But it turns out that Ms. Von Kleist was an accomplished teenage equestrienne. Once we have completed the Brooklyn Babylon recoring, she is Montanna-bound, where she will be spending the summer doing this:
When asked whether this Tom Robbins novel was a formative influence, Erica remains steadfastly, uncharacteristically coy.
As part of our fundraising efforts for our upcoming recording, Brooklyn Babylon, we are offering you the opportunity to sponsor a Secret Society musician. If you would like to sponsor Erica's appearance on our new album, or lend your support at any level, you have five days left to be part of our Kickstarter campaign.
MUSICIANS AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP: Erica von Kleist • Rob Wilkerson • Sam Sadigursky • John Ellis • Josh Sinton • Seneca Black • Tom Goehring • Matt Holman • Nadje Noordhuis • Ryan Keberle• James Hirschfeld • Sebastian Noelle • Gordon Webster • Matt Clohesy • Jon Wikan