Emily Wells – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – May 9th, 2019

Emily Wells

Night 2 of 2: Experimental art-pop from American multi-instrumentalist

Emily Wells

Sheers

Thursday, May 9, 2019

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

$13.00 - $16.00

This event is 21 and over

Separate tickets required for each night.

For tickets to the Wednesday 5/8 show, click here: bit.ly/EmilyWellsNight1

Emily Wells
Emily Wells
Emily Wells is a composer / producer / artist whose work bridges pop and chamber music and explores concepts around human relation to the natural world rooted in a love for both. She is interested in the ways performance and recordings influence one another and works in both realms. At times she performs solo utilizing multiple instruments on stage (violin, synth, acoustic/electronic drums, voice), and at other times she performs with small orchestral ensembles or a single cellist and drummer. Her work also interacts with her video art practice through projection at performances which intersects imagery of contemporary dance, extreme weather and effects of climate crisis as well as protest footage from ACT UP. She has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States and released several critically acclaimed recordings. Her work has appeared in both film and television and she is currently scoring her first feature length film.

Wells’ latest full length This World Is Too _____ For You is lush, melodic, and unafraid. It’s both neoclassical chamber music, and art pop, propelled by synths, strings, and beats, and held together through Wells’ un-wincing lyrics and vocals.

The songs began as a commission of new works from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s renowned Liquid Music Series (recent commissions include Philip Glass, Blood Orange, Bon Iver), with arrangements by violin virtuoso and composer Michi Wiancko for string quintet and french horn and premiered last year in Minneapolis. Wells developed the album through a commission from New York’s Metropolis Ensemble(grammy nominated chamber orchestra) who join Emily on the album along with drummer Shayna Dunkleman (Xiu Xiu, Peptalk). The new album is out March 22 on Wells’ label Thesis & Instinct.
Sheers
Sheers
Sheers’ music cuts in ways where expressive & ambitious pop vignettes become expansive songs.” (Impose Magazine) Melodicism and classical stylings converge in the brooding soundscapes of Portland’s experimental pop trio Sheers. Frontwoman and songwriter Lily Breshears grips tight the reins of her voice, bending the edges of melody to wrap unease in a veil of beauty. Breshears combines turn of millennium R&B with elements of French impressionism, an interplay of tension, texture and groove. Since jazz drummer Daniel Rossi and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Stern joined the project, Sheers has found a sound near triphop, but as Willamette Week writes, “it’s a real treat to hear a band that’s almost a genre unto themselves."