Emily Wells – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – October 28th, 2015

Emily Wells

Mind-blowing melding of hip-hop and classical from one woman powerhouse

Emily Wells

Lorna Dune

October, 28th, 2015

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

$14.00

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.”
Lorna Dune
Lorna Dune
Lorna Krier is one of the most versatile young keyboardists in New York performing music from experimental to pop on anything from analog synthesizers to toy pianos to Steinways. Ms. Krier has been described as "a pianist specializing in contemporary music, who has become an expert synthesizer player and is helping break down the boundary between new classical and indie rock" (Lukas Ligeti). Acting as an advocate for new music, she has worked with some of the nation's finest young composers and performers to create exciting new works.

Since arriving in New York in 2006, she has been a founding member of many ensembles including the chamber-rock ensemble, Victoire, founded by composer Missy Mazzoli, which has been dubbed the "all-star, all-female quintet" (Time Out NY). They released their debut EP, A Door Into the Dark, on eMusic.com in 2009 and their first full-length album, Cathedral City with New Amsterdam Records Fall 2010 to critical acclaim. Lorna Krier has also co-founded the synthesizer project Love Like Deloreans, which released their self-titled EP on Friendly Ghost Recordings in 2009 and have performed throughout New York, Montreal, San Francisco, and Boston at festivals such as the Rooftop Films Festival, Knitting Factory's NY Eye & Ear, City Sol, Brooklyn Arts Council's "Glitch Generation", Z-Arts! Festival in Zion, Utah, among others. Finally, the most recent project in which Ms. Krier has been initiated as a member is the genre-bending experimental improv group, Kaleidoscope Point, founded by composer-percussionist Lukas Ligeti.

Some highlights for this and recent seasons include the Philip Glass and JoAnne Akalaitis production of "The Bacchae" Shakespeare in the Park 2009, Victoire performance at the Bang on a Can Marathon 2009, a silent film sound exhibit with Victoire and a Composer Showcase featuring Lukas Ligeti both at the Whitney Art Museum, an appearance on the "Wordless Music Series", two live performances on WNYC's New Sounds and Soundcheck, MATA Festival 2010 and MATA Interval Series 2009 performances featuring composer Tristan Perich, guest keyboardist for the award-winnning Present Music Ensemble in Milwaukee, WI, Western Vinyl Release party with composer Christopher Tignor, the New Albion Festival at Bard's Summerscape Series 2008 with the experimental rock group Slow Six, two performances for Rooftop Films Festival, City Sol, and Imagine Science Films Festival. Lorna Krier has also appeared in features in the New York Times, Time Out New York, eMusic, Arthur Magazine, Impose Magazine, Village Voice, Tiny Mix Tapes, Matrixsynth, Opening Ceremony, The Daily Contributor and Brooklyn Vegan.