EMI AT HOME
It's been a crazy few months for all of us. I was performing the Brandenburg concerti with Handel and Haydn in the Dominican Republic on March 12th when shutdown orders and concert cancellations started flooding in. Since then, all of my performances until September have been canceled, but...I've had a lot of fun isolating and performing for a wide variety of audiences online. You can see a few of the things I've been up to below. Right now, the arts, like so many industries, are struggling, yet also are finding new ways to share. If you can, please consider donating to your local arts organisations, or, to one of the following amazing groups I am lucky to be involved with...
EMI loves to make music. That's pretty much it, but if you want a little more proof look no further than the hours of cassette tapes she burned through as a five-year-old, performing her heart out for no one but her younger sister.
Since then, she's brought her love of music and performing to wider audiences around the globe, sharing the stage as a flute player, singer, and composer with performers including Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, James Taylor, and four U.S. Presidents, (though her inner teenager will tell you her career highlight was being called on stage to sing Oops I Did It Again at a Britney Spears concert.) You can catch one of EMI's future performances by checking out the LIVE link.
EMI loves to collaborate with other artists and learn about and absorb new kinds of music from around the world - she was born in Japan and raised in London and Boston, but moved to New York to study at The Juilliard School where she was hired upon graduation to the Ear Training faculty, where she makes faces like this (Britney taught EMI a lot), while torturing willing students in their quest for the best ears ever.
For a complete bio with all of the serious bells and whistles included, click here.
To listen to 5 year old EMI do dramatic readings about animals click here.
The debut album from Emi Ferguson. Released in September, 2017 the album spent four weeks on the Billboard Classical Albums, Classical Crossover, and World Albums charts and has been met with acclaim from critics and listeners.
"...it's an entirely unique listening experience that redefines the idea of Baroque Pop..."
- Peter Jurew, All About Jazz
Taking Bach out of the museum and infusing his music with equal parts tradition, funk, whimsy, and fun, Emi Ferguson and Ruckus take you on a wild romp through some of Bach’s most playful and transcendent works.
"Wit, panache, and the jubilant, virtuosic verve of a bebop-Baroque jam session electrified and illuminated..."
- Boston Musical Intelligencer