ERICA MANCINI is a freelance multi-instrumentalist (accordion/vocals/percussion/keys) based in NYC. Mancini plays in dozens of different projects, ranging in style from avant-garde, experimental, noise, jazz and free improvisation to Bavarian polka, county, classical, klezmer, folk/Americana, pop, cumbia, rock, and metal. She has performed at venues ranging from Lincoln Center, The Museum of Natural History, The Whitney Museum of Modern Art, The Rainbow Room, World Trade Center One, Bryant Park Metropolitan Club and The New School, to DIY art parties in Brooklyn warehouses, to shows in cemeteries (Into The Veil, performing both suspended from trees and also inside of catacombs and mausoleums), on boats, and in metal working factories (Mecha Sonic, flaming accordion performance). Mancini has worked for private agencies and high-end clients (Hermes of Paris, Delta Airlines, Gwenyth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, Vueve Cliquot, Carven,) and has performed at events at iconic New York locations such as The Whitney Museum of Art, World Trade Center One, and The Rainbow Room. She has been featured in various productions, ranging from recording for commercial work, performing on-screen, (HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Troma Films, NBC5, commercial work), to composing original themes for stop-motion animation (Mira).
She has played in various opera productions (Il Postino, Happy End), musicals, off-Broadway, and regional theater productions (Evita). She also finds herself at home in experimental theater shows (Irondale Ensemble), immersive theater productions (Speakeasy Dollhouse) and in circus and burlesque variety shows (The Slipper Room). She is constantly expanding her use of electronics with the accordion and improvisation to create original sounds and explore new musical territory, and also has created original compositions that have been performed at the Tenri Cultural Institute, The NYPL Center for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Shapeshifter Lab and Last Frontier/Mothership Arts. Erica also has developed a unique performance art act where she is suspended in the air on aerial silks with her accordion, resulting in a mesmerizing and one-of-a-kind live performance.