Erica Boschiero was born in 1983 in a little mountain village next to Austria. Eleven years later she moved in the countryside around Venice.
She studied piano for four years but ended up playing the guitar, teaching herself to sing. In 2002, she recorded “Piccole storie d’Africa”, her first album together with other artists. The realisation was guided by Pio Giusto, franco Battiato’s arranger. In 2003 she realised 3 children albums titled “ Parole da fare”.
She is either a songwriter, a storyteller and lover of traditional music from the Veneto area too. She won the 2008 d’Aponte’s Price (women songs writers’ national award. The winner gets awarded, for the best lyrics, by the SIAE, Italian Society of Authors and Publishers). She won the 2009 Botteghe d’Autore’s Prize; she was finalist in other songwriters’ awards. In 2007 she recorded “Dietro ogni crepa di muro” her first solo album. She played life on various different national channels as Rai 2, Rai News 24, Radio 1, Radio 3 and very many others national and local radios. She’s playing and she’s been playing both in important theatres and in various different venues in Italy, and played concerts in Iceland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Germany. She ‘s always been trying to use music for telling people’s stories and rising up social problematic: she played for Emergency, Amnesty International and for the Movimento Popolare in order to defend and use the Constitution and in many others socially relevant events.
Erica she’s been working also in the primary and secondary schools leading music’s workshops. She always aimed to let students discover the author’s songs as a literature kind of experience, as a tool allowing them to discover their more emotional and creative world. She sees the author’s kind of music as a way to discover the value of an active participation into society.
A woman Minstrel: Erica brings out with her folk guitar some kind of sounds that remind us of a middle age court. Both her worm and evocative voice together with a slow rhythm seem to stop and suspend time…
(lieta Zanatta- Treviso, Italy)
She won, playing on her own with her voice that is driving you right into the emotional field. She brought a beautiful light on the stage. She reminds me of Joni Mitchell when she started off and people was shocked and unprepared to see such simple intensity all together.
( Sandro Perone- TG2, after the 2009 Botteghe d’Autore’s award)
Even if she is coming from a Veneto that is opening up to the world, Erica’s music reminds me both of Ireland and of some very good Italian songwriters (…). She looks, in a very open minded way, to the world and to its moving about humanity. (…) All Erica’s songs are worth to be listen to. Her music is rocking us with lightness up and down on the Winds lady’s swing, which is a very poetic representation of a mother looking at her son who is growing up, or it could actually be the contrary of it… (Carmen Attardi- Opera Incerta).
It is difficult to find the right definition for Erica’s music. We could surely take in consideration the land, her land, and therefore we could speck about the characteristic Italian sounds that we are encountering in some of her pieces. We could also say we feel a bit of the South of America that she has explored and she loved so much (her music remind us of bossanova). We could also say that make us think of Fabrizio de Andrè, and of many other Italian and foreign songs writers, who thought her how to tell story through the music.
Erica is mainly telling stories of people who are deeply part of their own countries. She is telling us about walls built up in order to divide. They are forgotten walls that allowed us to look through, over the cracks the time has drawn on them, and they surely want to be overcome.
The pentagram represents therefore the path where people dance and it leads towards the unknown. It always embraces little pieces of intuition and truth.
“Dietro ogni crepa di muro” ‘s album got actually started to narrate about stories and places, as the ancient story tellers were doing, as a real minstrel gathering together people who were keen to listen to new distance places’ stories. It’s for such a reason that in this record we finds even buskers from different countries playing. Erica met them when she was trying out the experience of playing on the road, in Venice.
As every respectable storyteller, Erica is often playing by herself, just with her guitar, alternating her songs with poems and short stories. She loves though even playing with good musicians either in a duo with Enrico Pagnin (clarinet and Saxophone) or in quintet with drums, base, accordion, piano or guitar. Her repertoire is developing as a journey, in between close and far away figures, scenery and postcards, ladybirds and souvenir: no one who is travelling with her can ever forget such a journey.