Emily sings in and between several musical genres, adding new to the old and old to the new:
Emily studied contemporary and early music in the Netherlands, and moved to New York in 2007 to pursue a career in singing. Emily's contemporary music experience includes touring performances of Steel Hammer by Julia Wolfe with Bang on a Can. Emily is a member of The M6, an ensemble dedicated to exploring and performing the works of composer Meredith Monk. She has also been a guest performer with the Meredith Monk Ensemble, including a performance at TedxMet:
She also toured for several years as the lead singer in the folk/old time band The Whistling Wolves, described by Time Out NY as a "rollicking bluegrass outfit, replete with pretty harmonies, and, of course, whistling." Click below for The Whistling Wolves' version of "Sweet Fern" by the Carter Family:
Emily's folk music experience includes several years as a singer, whistler, and ukulele player with the LA-based avant-folk trio folk Moira Smiley and VOCO, which performs traditional Balkan and American folk music with inventive twists, such as Moira's version of Leadbelly's "Bring Me Little Water, Silvy":
Emily is a long-time faculty member at the Amherst Early Music Festival, where she performs solo and ensemble vocal music, and had a dramatic role as the narrator in a recent performance of John Gay's Beggar's Opera. Her performing experience also includes her work with the Hesperus Ensemble where she sang Sephardic and renaissance music for a live-film performance of the 1920s horror film The Golem, and as a soloist with the mediterranean medieval ensemble Sendebar.
She is a co-founder of Moving Star, an in-residence ensemble at Carnegie Hall that explores the borders between composition and improvisation, and she is currently working with artist Russell Perkins on Resorts World Transcriptions, helping envision how to adapt the music of slot machines for voice. Emily was a member of the eight-voice women's chorus on singer-songwriter Sufjan Steven's 2010 EP All Delighted People.