Emily Wells – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – March 19th, 2017

Emily Wells

Two nights with the amazing producer/composer/multi-instrumentalist/generally all around greatness

Emily Wells

Sama Dams

March, 19th, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Emily Wells
Emily Wells
“Quietly transfixing” violinist, singer, producer and composer Emily Wells is known for her varied use of classical and modern instrumentation, deft approach to live sampling, and “dramatic, meticulous and gothic songs” (New York Times) that blend “traditionalism with electronic ambiance” (NPR).
Fresh off the premiere of Emily Wells’ new work “This World is Too _____ For You”, commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series and masterfully arranged for strings, horn and percussion by Michi Wiancko, Wells is reimagining these and other new songs for a few select solo performances before taking them into the recording studio. She aims to learn more about the songs from live performance and engagement with familiar audiences.
“The new songs are the rub between desire for, and desire to strip oneself of all wanting” Wells says of the new material, which clamors around all the edges, and sometimes into the center of our collective uncertainties. “I grew up with hymns and I often find myself drawn to a form that seeks redemption, even for transgressions unknown… they are an offering, an oath.” Wells’ new video work will accompany the performances of which she says, “the video and the songs are mirrors of one another: human failing, desire, grace, the body, movement, muted gutting, and the natural world, beating against our windows, drunk with the answer.”
Sama Dams
Sama Dams
Sama Dams may have started as an internal exploration for frontman Sam Adams to challenge his traditional music education with avant-garde compositions and unexpected instrumentations, but the now three-piece has built the band into a beast of its own. Since 2014’s “Comfort in Doubt” release, the band has been writing more collaboratively, and Sam has been joined by frontwoman Lisa Adams. While Sam's storytelling is more subdued, depicting the kind of bruised idealism that fractures from one moment to the next, Lisa's songwriting inhabits a more confident Annie Clark-like approach to darkness, often gleefully taking the predator's role in her narratives.

In this evolution since the band’s first EP in 2011, the dynamic has become more experimental and complex with each release. You’ll hear Wurlitzer electric organ playing an active role in their sound, but the multi-instrumentalists will often highlight this with a passionate guitar riff, distorted bass, dirty synth or bright ukulele. Alongside, drummer and percussionist Chris Hermsen employs electric drum techniques playing acoustic drums, pulling inspiration from James Blake or Ian Chang.

Overall, the trio’s brilliance is the vital interdependency between the vocals and the music; in each song, they create an energy which builds slowly from a hum to a howl, that lingers even in the silence.