Behind the Music

Erica MacLeod is a British composer based in the San Francisco bay area. She employs vividly florid gestures, and fervent minimalistic motives with an array of instruments and digital media, working frequently with dancers and film makers to create a more immersive and inclusive art form. 

Her portfolio of work has included composition, conducting and arranging, as well as much piano playing. She is a graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she gained a Bachelor of Music in Composition studying with John Ashton Thomas, Stephen Montague and Deirdre Gribbin, as well as conducting with Gregory Rose and Alexander Walker. She was awarded the Trinity College of Music Trust Silver Medal for Composition in 2016/17 and 2017/18.

She recently received a Master of Music degree in Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the studio of Grammy award-winning composer Mason Bates. During her first year at SFCM, Erica became one of the founding members of Mouthscape, a contemporary choir that reads and performs works by faculty, alumni and current students of the Conservatory.

She is also a founding member and composer for Figure+Phrase, a dance film collective which aims to create groundbreaking new work through the combination of live action animation film making, music and dance.

Her work has been performed across the UK and internationally, including venues such as the Southbank Centre and the artsdepot (London). As an orchestrator, Erica assisted composer and curator Dominic Murcott in his work transcribing Nancarrow's studies for player piano. These were performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York by Alarm Will Sound as part of the Anywhere in Time: Nancarrow festival.​

Erica is also a Certified Piano Technician, offering tuning and minor repairs across the San Francisco Bay area. Click here to make an enquiry.

©2018 by Erica MacLeod