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Emily Wells

Inventive and dynamic multi-instrumentalist

Emily Wells

Like a Villain

Sun, January 7

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$14.00 - $16.00

This event is 21 and over

Emily Wells
Emily Wells
“Quietly transfixing” violinist, singer, producer and composer Emily Wells is known for her varied use of classical and modern instrumentation, deft approach to live sampling, and “dramatic, meticulous and gothic songs” (New York Times) that blend “traditionalism with electronic ambiance” (NPR).
Fresh off the premiere of Emily Wells’ new work “This World is Too _____ For You”, commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series and masterfully arranged for strings, horn and percussion by Michi Wiancko, Wells is reimagining these and other new songs for a few select solo performances before taking them into the recording studio. She aims to learn more about the songs from live performance and engagement with familiar audiences.
“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.” Wells’ new video work will accompany the performances of which she says, “the video and the songs are mirrors of one another: human failing, desire, grace, the body, movement, muted gutting, and the natural world, beating against our windows, drunk with the answer.”
Like a Villain
Like a Villain
Holland Andrews (AKA Like a Villain) is an American extended technique vocalist, composer, and performer based in and Portland, Oregon. By weaving a multitude of dense vocal layers and textures, Andrews forms sprawling emotional tapestries to foster a space for self-examination and exploration through beauty and dissonance.