Emily Wells

Upcoming shows

07.11.2022
Moth Club - London (uk)
08.11.2022
Prince Albert - Brighton (uk)
09.11.2022
Strange Brew - Bristol (uk)
10.11.2022
Brudenell Social Club - Leeds (uk)
12.11.2022
Deaf Institute - Manchester (uk)
14.11.2022
Witlof Bar @ Botanique - Brussels (be)
15.11.2022
Paard - Den Haag (nl)
16.11.2022
La Bulle Café - Lille (fr)
19.11.2022
Rotown - Rotterdam (nl)
20.11.2022
Tuinzaal - Amsterdam (nl)
21.11.2022
Point Éphémère - Paris (fr)
24.11.2022
Grabenhalle - St-Gallen (ch)
25.11.2022
Frauenraum Reitschule - Bern (ch)
26.11.2022
P8 - Karlsruhe (de)
29.11.2022
Cafe V Lese - Prague (cz)
01.12.2022
Trafo - Jena (de)
02.12.2022
Blechschloss - Dresden (de)
03.12.2022
Urban Spree - Berlin (de)
05.12.2022
Debaser / Bar Brooklyn - Stockholm (se)
06.12.2022
Plan B - Malmö (se)
07.12.2022
Ideal Bar - Copenhagen (dk)
10.12.2022
De Roma - Antwerpen (be) + Sylvie Kreusch
Click here to see past shows...

“Quietly transfixing” composer / producer Emily Wells is known for her varied use of classical and modern instrumentation, “a master of blending the worlds of classical and electronics” (NPR) and “dramatic, meticulous and gothic songs” (New York Times). On stage Wells’ builds a “new instrument” out of acoustic and electronic drums, synth, violin, and her evocative performances leave audiences equal parts dancing and grieving. Wells’ latest work, This World is Too _____ For You released in March has been hailed by NPR as “breathtaking” “mind-blowing” and “visionary”. The ten song album, arranged for chamber ensemble by composer Michi Wiancko, was commissioned by Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series and Metropolis Ensemble who performs on the album along with drummer / composer Shayna Dunkelman (Du Yun, Xiu Xiu).

“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. As a queer kid raised in the south and the midwest by a music minister and a preacher’s daughter I am interested in the reclamation of themes and ideas that have often been used to constrain me.” Of Wells’ video work, which accompanies her performances, she says, “the video and the songs are mirrors of one another: grace, the body, movement, and the natural world, beating against our windows, drunk with the answer.”

“My work bridges pop and chamber music and explores concepts around human relation to the natural world rooted in a love for both. I am interested in the ways performance and recordings influence one another and I work in both realms. My work also interacts with my video practice through projection at performances which intersects imagery of contemporary dance, extreme weather and effects of climate crisis, and protest footage from ACT UP.” – Emily Wells

Video's

Releases

In The Dark Moving
Thesis & Instinct(2020)
This World is Too ___ for You
Thesis & Instinct(2019)
In the Hot
Thesis & Instinct(2017)
Promise
Thesis & Instinct(2016)
Mama Acoustic Recordings
Partisan Records(2013)
Mama
Partisan Records(2012)
The Beautiful Sleepyhead & The Laughing Yaks
Unsigned(2006)