Bard Faculty

Erica Lindsay

Artist in Residence

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Music


B.A., New York University. Musician (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute); composer. Recipient of a 2017 Chamber Music of America New Jazz Works Commission and 2017 Composers Now Creative Residency. Has played at major jazz festivals in Europe and Asia, and at major venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Sweet Basil’s, The Bottom Line, and Merkin Hall. Performances and recordings with McCoy Tyner, Oliver Lake, Baikida Carroll, Howard Johnson, Clifford Jordan, others. Has composed and arranged for Hamburg Radio Big Band, Unique Munich Saxophone Choir, Melba Liston & Co., and theatrical productions (John Carter’s Feed the Beast; Carl Hancock Rux’s Song of Sad Young Men). Orchestral works read by American Composers Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Leads Erica Lindsay Quartet/Quintet. Selected discography: Dreamer (Candid Records), Initiation (w/Sumi Tonooka), Live in Europe (Jeff Siegel Quartet), and Further Explorations, Alchemy Sound Project, (ARC Records). At Bard since 2001.


2017 — Grant
Awarded a New Jazz Works commission by Chamber Music America.

2017 — Publication
CD Release: Jeff Siegel Quintet, King of Xhosa, as tenor saxophonist and featured composer.

2017 — Residency
Composers Now Creative Residency

2016 — Publication
CD Release: Alchemy Sound Project, Further Explorations. Named one of the best releases of 2016 by DownBeat Magazine.

2011-06-06 — Performance
The American Composers Orchestra performed a reading of Erica Lindsay's composition, "Inner Dialogue" June 6th, 7:30pm at The Miller Theatre. Sponsored by the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University.

2011-05-14 — Performance
Performed on tenor saxophone new works by composer Oliver Lake, at the Jazz Gallery, New York City.


Phone: 845-758-6822 x6826
Location: Avery Center for the Arts
Office: Center for Film, Electronic Arts, and Music, N208