Emily is a harpist, vocalist, violinist and loop artist based in Launceston, Tasmania.
Emily is passionate about performance and the harp lends itself to this with its dramatic appearance and magical sound.
Emily plays a wide range of musical genres on the harp including classical, folk, jazz & blues, but her passion lies in creating contemporary arrangements, original compositions, improvisations and experimentation with percussion, electronic effects and looping.
Emily relishes any opportunity to depart from the type of music audiences expect to hear from a harp. With the use of her loopstation, Emily is able to combine harp, vocals, violin, percussion and pedal effects into her solo performance creating a complex, multi-layered sound. She is also able to present the harp as a solo acoustic instrument for a traditional sound when the occasion requires it. Emily will work professionally with you to provide the right style of performance to suit your needs.
Emily is a versatile performer, with experience in numerous solo and collaborative performance contexts. Emily has performed at Dark Mofo (2021, 2019, 2018, 2017 & 2016), MONA FOMA (2021, 2020 & 2019), Ten Days on the Island (2021), FARO Music Cluster @ MONA (2020 – present), MOFO Sessions (2019 & 2018), MONA JAM (2020, 2019 & 2018), Beaker Street Science Festival (2021, 2020 & 2019), Taste of Tasmania (2020 & 2019), ECHO Festival (2019), Junction Arts Festival (2021, 2020, 2019, 2017 & 2016) along with multiple live radio broadcasts with ABC radio. Emily has contributed as a sessional recording artist for Holy Holy and Jack McLaine.
Emily attended the Australian Art Orchestra ‘Creative Music Intensive’ in 2019 as a recipient of a MONA full scholarship and is an active member of Launceston’s ‘Composers’ Cage Collective’. Emily is soon to release her debut solo album of original contemporary music with the support of a grant from the Arts Tasmania ‘Contemporary Music Fund’.
Emily has a close working relationship with Tasdance, has performed on multiple occasions with the Launceston Philharmonic Orchestra and has served as president of the Harp Society of Tasmania. Emily is also a registered Occupational Therapist and works as a therapeutic harpist playing her small harp at the beside for palliative patients in the last stages of their life.
Emily is an avid bushwalker and takes her small harp into the Tasmanian wilderness whenever possible with her bespoke Macpac backpack.