She showed great potential and was selected to be one of five students taught by an accomplished classical pianist in Seattle. She expanded to jazz for a collaborative experience, and its synchronization between the fingers, voice, and ear helped her explore singing. Upon hearing Emi’s distinctive imagery and style, fellow musicians and friends encouraged her to further develop her voice. Emi initially composes for piano and voice, but is pleased with the results of adding bass and drums on her latest demo, Magnolias.
While studying Ethnomusicology at college in California, Emi has been performing at premiere venues in Hollywood, including: The Hotel Café, The Tangier, and Room 5. When in Seattle, she performs at The Pink Door, Tula’s, and Dimitrio’s Jazz Alley, and in New York, she is showcased at the Sidewalk Café. She has performed at the Kahoutek Music Festival, Kobe Jazz Festival, and Northwest Folklife Festival. Recently, "Sunrise" premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival with West 32nd, a film by Michael Kang.
The range of venues and audience attests to her ability to abridge folk, anti-folk, jazz, rock, and pop. Songs from Magnolias and Live @ The Hotel Café are broadcasted on KEXP 90.3 and The End 107.7 in Seattle, KSPC 88.7 in Los Angeles, and on KGRL.fm alongside Ani DiFranco and India Arie. She was the only solo and singer-songwriter semi-finalist in the Experience Music Project’s 2007 Sound Off! Competition and is the winner of the 2007 Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Competition's adult division. Emi sends CDs nationally and internationally to those who request them via MySpace.
Throughout the process of performing, Emi is the tree in the urban street: she grows steadily and true to herself, despite efforts to box her in. "Armed with a piano and all-embracing musical training, Emi Meyer showcases her distinct vocals, personal lyrics and soaring compositions with a sound spanning folk, jazz, rock, and pop." –Experience Music Project Sound Off! 2007 “With today’s lack of appreciation in Jazz, Emi comes to bring back some loving to the genre. Her EP Magnolias is a sure sign that we are to expect something big from this emerging artist.” –“KGRL’s Top Ten Artists to Watch Out for In 2007,” Metroblogging Los Angeles “She’s only 19, but Meyer’s strong and creamy voice has already landed the jazz siren gigs at Tula’s and the Pink Door.” –The Stranger Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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