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Erica Corbo

Believing in music as a universal language, Erica Corbo approaches her playing from a strong melodic standpoint, while leaving room to experiment with dissonance and atonality.

Erica has been immersed in the joy of making music for her entire life. Beginning with the study of flute, voice, and dance in elementary school, she later found her true musical match, the piano, in her preteen years. Philadelphia jazz pianist and session musician Howie Gordon helped to foster Erica’s musical talent during her early years of playing.

While studying photography at Drexel University, Erica received a scholarship to perform in the Drexel Jazz Orchestra where she came under the tutelage of noted ethnomusicologist and jazz saxophonist George Starks. She began to strengthen and refine her solo and ensemble improvisational skills, as well as her approach to composing, while studying with Philadelphia pianist Farid Barron of Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Sun Ra Arkestra fame. At this time, Erica also began her love affair with the study and practice of free improvisation - a fascination that still continues to this day. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree, Erica polished and enhanced her skills and knowledge of classical music, technique, and ear training by receiving her teaching certification in the Suzuki Method for Piano.

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”Erica is an awesome mind and artist and we are excited to work with her again.” —Philadelphia Jazz Project

“Erica Corbo is a vivid woman with creative independence and...a soulful mindset. Killer player.” — Tim Price, Philly sax player and multi-instrumentalist

​”Part cabaret diva, part steampunk traveler through space and time.... with Corbo’s prancing jazzy piano and bright voice front and center.” —John Vettese for WXPN's The Key http://thekey.xpn.org/2017/02/26/items-tagged-philadelphia-music-chance-sounds- silence/

Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Philadelphia

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Piano and flute at Dreaming Tree Music in West Philly Piano and flute at Rockdale Music in Media Suzuki Piano levels 1 and 2 at the Philadelphia Suzuki Piano Academy