CONTEMPORARY New Music, Rock/Pop, Musical Theatre, Indie, Singer-Songwriter

 

 As a contemporary cellist, Erika ROCKS. 

She has performed with Grammy-winning artist Kanye West for both MTV Canada's Live at the Masonic Temple series, and with Juno-winning artist Johnny Reid for Canada's Walk of Fame. Erika is a Dora-nominated music theatre musician and has recorded for a breadth of artists, and recently performed the music of Stevie Wonder & Prince at Koerner Hall and George Weston Recital Hall as part of The Musical Stage Company's 2019 UNcovered series. Scroll down for contemporary collaborations, click for Rock & Contemporary videos.

Erika is in high demand for Rock/Pop concerts and recording sessions, performing regularly with CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE

  • Pink Floyd: The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon
  • The Beatles: White Album, Abbey Road, Let it Be
  • The Eagles: Greatest Hits
  • Billy Joel: The Stranger
  • Led Zeppelin: various

Erika also performs with Toronto's 25 piece Motown band THE BIG SOUNDand with ELO tribute Strange Magic, who was featured live on The World's Greatest Tribute Bands for AXS TV at Whisky a Go-Go in Los Angeles, CA. Performances have taken Erika across North America in venues such as Koerner Hall, Roy Thompson Hall, George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto; and The Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston TX. 

In Musical Theatre, Erika recently performed the music of Prince and Stevie Wonder as part of The Musical Stage Company's UNcovered concert series at Koerner Hall and George Weston Recital Hall. She also performed as part of the Dora-nominated music ensemble with Onegin: The Musical (The Musical Stage Co.) in Toronto and on tour at The National Arts Centre, Ottawa. Erika has also performed The Last Five Years musical by Jason Robert Brown five times. 

In New Music, Erika recently collaborated with Tapestry Opera in a Covid-19 distance recording project of excerpts from contemporary opera The Rocking Horse Winner. Erika has performed in Toronto New Music series’ such as Soundstreams, Spectrum Music, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Bicycle Opera Project, and was a member of minimalist sextet Muskox.   

As a recording artist, Erika can be heard on albums by Canadian artists such as The Weather Station, Jennifer Castle, The Trews, Megan Bonnell, Jeffery Straker, composer Frank Horvat, and on a 2014 JUNO-nominated album by Splash 'n Boots, among many others. 

Erika performs on both her gorgeous 1885 JB Collin-Mézin cello for acoustic, and her Luis & Clarke carbon fibre cello, outfitted with a Realist pickup and L.R. Baggs DI for electric and contemporary playing.

CONTEMPORARY COLLABORATIONS
New Music, Musical Theatre, Rock/Pop, Motown, Indie, Singer-Songwriter. Click for Classical and Baroque.

  • CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE, 2014-PRESENT
  • ELO tribute: Strange Magic: The ELO Experience, 2013-PRESENT
  • THE BIG SOUND 25 piece Motown Band, Toronto, 2013-PRESENT
  • Tapestry Opera, contemporary opera, 2020
  • The Weather Station, 2016-20
  • Maya Killtron, R&B artist, 2020
  • Peter Graham, album, 2020
  • The Musical Stage Company: UNCovered Series: Stevie Wonder & Prince, Koerner Hall, George Weston Recital Hall, 2019
  • Tonia Evans Cianciulli, 2019
  • TV Soundtrack: CBC's My Farmland, 2019
  • Every Silver Lining the Musical: Next Stage Fringe Festival, 2019
  • Compulsion the Musical: Next Stage Fringe Festival, 2018
  • The Musical Stage Company: ONEGIN the Musical (Dora Award nomination) Toronto and Ottawa, 2017
  • Jennifer Castle, 2013, 2017 
  • Jeffrey Straker, 2010-17 
  • LOVING IN THE NAME OF, 2015-Present 
  • Frank Horvat, 2016-17 
  • ViVA Trio, 2016
  • Ruthann Clayton, 2016 
  •  Jennifer Castle, 2016 
  • ARKANA, improvising quartet with Ali Berkok, pianist, 2016 
  • Ali Berkok, jazz pianist, 2016 
  • Maylee Todd, LaNai Gabriel, 2016 
  • Christian James Band, 2016 
  • YES Theatre Company: The Last Five Years, 2016 
  • Johnny Reid, Canada's Walk of Fame, 2015​ 
  • Jay Malinowski, 2015 
  • Bicycle Opera Project, contemporary opera, Nova Scotia and Ontario, 2015 
  • With Sina Bathaie, Persian santur, 2013-15
  • AHI, indie soul artist, 2014 
  • Thin Edge New Music Collective, Toronto, 2014 
  • Kandle; Patrizia, 2014 
  • On the Other Side of the World, Next Stage Fringe Festival, Toronto, 2014 
  • Shawn Gingrich, NARIA, 2013 
  • Spectrum New Music Series, Toronto, 2013 
  • Soundstreams Toronto, 2013 
  • Shawn Hitchins; Splash 'n Boots, 2012 
  • Allie Hughes, Megan Bonnell; Michael Holt, 2011 
  • Muskox, minimalist instrumental sextet, 2008-11  
  • Bruce Peninsula with Muskox, 2010 
  • Danielle Duval, 2010  
  • Kanye West, Late Registration Tour: former Air Canada Centre, and MTV Canada, Toronto
  • Film Composers Guild, 2008-09 
  • The Trews, 2009-10 
  • The Roaring Girl Cabaret with Miranda Mulholland, 2008  
  • Klezfactor, 2008 
  • Mark Wilson, 2008 
  • Queen's Musical Theatre Company, 2003-07