Erica Bramham is a critically acclaimed vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Melbourne, Australia. She has recently taken up the bass and has been studying with Anita Hustas. For her, playing the bass has been a uniquely challenging experience, and one that she has become deeply passionate about.
Erica has developed several interesting projects in recent years, including:
- The Song Chain Project – writing a song a day for 203 straight days
- The Dryad Project – bringing creativity and improvisation into her practice routine and letting the instrument direct her creative process, all while using composition to help solve technical challenges
We talk about these projects, the value of routines, reflections on her first year of playing double bass, and more, and we also feature excerpts from her singing and her partner Adam Speigl playing bass on A Low Heavy Sun.
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