Emily Wells: Avant-Garde Pop Musician at the Triple Door
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The last date listed for Emily Wells was Thursday September 22, 2011 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm).
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Cassandra Wilson is best known as a jazz singer and instrumentalist, but she has broken out of the traditional confines of the genre to include elements of blues, country and folk into her music. She draws on influences ranging from Miles Davis and Hank Williams to Joni Mitchell and Robert Johnson. In addition to her two Grammys, Wilson has won the Django D'Or and The Edison Music Award, and been recognized with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis' Blood on the Fields, the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize. Learn More
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Hear Emily’s music at her website.
“Ms. Wells’ latest album, _The Symphonies: Dreams Memories & Parties _(creative control), is a warm, intriguing slice of avant-garde pop, and on stage she’s a delight.”—Wall Street Journal
“On her album The Symphonies: Dreams Memories and Parties, from 2008, the multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Wells layered her elfin voice over spectral string arrangements and brushstroked hip-hop percussion. The ten songs were symphonies only in the broadest sense of the term: the album is a highly theatrical labyrinth of rap, gothic folk, classical, and electronica songs.” —_The New Yorker _
“Emily Wells is a classical phenom with a cutting ear.” —Village Voice
“Layering eerie strings, bleeping synths, and electronic beats under Biggie’s rags-to-riches lyrics, she sings and raps like a feral, streetwise Nina Simone.” —Spin