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San Francisco's Unwoman, also known as Erica Mulkey, creates darkly beautiful music. Her repertoire is a powerful collage of vocals, cello, and electronics. Matthew Heilman of writes, "Her style ranges from a kind of experimental trip hop to swirling darkwave atmosphere with just enough static and noise to give it that extra technical punch."

In July 2005 Unwoman published Wildness & Artifice, a wholly original double-CD featuring a full disc of material in a similar vein to her debut Knowledge Scars, plus a bonus acoustic piano-vocal CD. At the end of 2007 Unwoman released Blossoms, an utterly gorgeous album featuring one half with original electro-acoustic works, and one half with acoustic (mostly cello-vocal) compositions based on poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay. In the summer of 2008 Unwoman was struck with a rush of inspiration and composed the six-song Trouble EP, which was released in a limited hardcopy fashion but is still available from any major digital store. Unwoman is currently working on a full-length album tentatively titled Casualties. It will include brand new songs and updated versions of several from the Trouble EP.

In April 2009 Erica toured with Voltaire as part of his Skeletal Orchestra. She performed in Rasputina at Convergence 12 in New Orleans and in part of their June 2006 US tour, in which she also opened solo. She currently plays cello with Stripmall Architecture (formerly Halou), Vernian Process, and Jill Tracy, and has also shared the stage with HUMANWINE, Falling You, and improvised aural alchemy with Paul Mercer's The Ghosts Project. She often performs solo, with or without laptop accompaniment, in the Bay Area, and will be featured in several festivals/conventions in Fall of 2009.