Ten Thousand Hours and the Importance of Practice

Ten Thousand Hours and the Importance of Practice

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in News

Ten Thousand Hours and the Importance of Practice By Erica von Kleist   We all know that practice makes permanent, and that regular practice is essential to getting better at any endeavor one chooses. I recently saw a Facebook post that said if you spend ten thousand hours practicing something, you can then consider yourself […]

The MAC Band

The MAC Band

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in News

I’m excited to announce an exciting new project based here in Northwest Montana. The Montana Artist Collective, or MAC Band is a Top 40 wedding cover band specializing in private events, parties, ceremonies, cocktail hours, and anything that rocks the party. The project features the best musicians from the state, while also integrating NYC and […]

Deke

Deke

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in News

It’s been three years since I recorded “Alpine Clarity”, my third studio album. For this project I commissioned Darcy James Argue to write a piece for Gerald Clayton and I to record together. Working on “Deke” and manifesting its reality was one of my most memorable experiences as a musician. I share it here with you… […]

I Teach Music.

I Teach Music.

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in News

I Teach. I Teach Music. Music is the voice of history, the outlet for the oppressed, the story of the disenfranchised, and the legacy of those discriminated against. Music has been and always will be the conduit through which life’s chronicles are passed, regardless of time period, economy or political climate. As a Music Teacher […]

Advice for “Making it” in the Music Business, aka Things I wish people had told me ten years ago.

Advice for “Making it” in the Music Business, aka Things I wish people had told me ten years ago.

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in News

This weekend I’ll be embarking on a trip to North Carolina to teach and perform with the students at the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at UNC Greensboro. I’ve had the opportunity to be a guest clinician at several colleges in the last few years – I guess I’m reaching the age where my experience is […]

Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll

Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in News

I’m very honored to have been chosen as the “Rising Star” Flautist in this year’s Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll. I’ve been reading Downbeat since I was in high school, and have seen many prestigious names under various categories in the yearly polls. To be included among both my colleagues and idols is quite a privilege.

The Sincerest Form of Flattery…

The Sincerest Form of Flattery…

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in News

The Sincerest Form of Flattery… For twelve years I lived in New York City, hanging tough through the daily grind as a self-employed jazz musician, schlepping instruments to and from rehearsals, gigs, shows, and promoting myself as best as I could among the din of millions of other talented musicians. As I entered my twelfth […]

Alpine Clarity

Alpine Clarity

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in News

Alpine Clarity – Released June 25th, 2014 A New Musical Adventure The Transformation… Everyone who lives or has lived in New York City understands that it is a place for the dreamers, the driven, and the brave. Every aspect of life is a challenge, from dealing with neighbors, construction, the cost of living, the MTA, […]

Play it Sam!

Play it Sam!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in News

This is an article I wrote for Find It Montana, a new website about the wonderful happenings in Big Sky Country.   “Play it, Sam!” By Erica von Kleist, Published April 21, 2014 Food and music are kindred spirits. They nourish the soul, engage the mind, relax the body, and dually quell a desire for […]