Emilie Conway

I am a jazz performance artist.  Music comes first in my practice but it is complemented and informed by my love literature, poetry, sound and silence.  I blend my own compositions, spoken word / poetry, with improvised or composed music and my interpretation of familiar and less familiar jazz standards.  Lyrically and musically, my set has its own narrative, literally or metaphorically. Working in a traditional jazz setting - piano/guitar, bass, drums with some of Ireland's leading jazz musicians - and also contemporary settings - e.g. duo with double bass / tabla. Singing in many languages.  

Special concentrations
Jazz Mara: Irish and Brazilian music through shared mythology.
Jazz for children: The Smashing Red Kite’s Blues
It All Works Out: advocacy talks and performances for children about being an artist with a disability.

Emilie sings Billie, 2010  Dear World, Emilie Conway sings Alec Wilder 2014 
Blas, Irish World Academy, 2018 (ADI training grant) 
Afro-Brazilian rhythms, 2019 (ADI training grant)
Artist in the Community research grant supported by the RHA 2018 for “Surpr-eyes” to explore collaborative arts practice with artists who are fully sighted and participants who are blind and visually impaired.

The Secret of a Rose
Dear World, Emilie Conway Sings Alec Wilde

Festival highlights
Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2011, Vermont Jazz Centre 2010,  
Dominican Republic: International Jazz Day, 2015.  
Celebrating Maeve Brennan @ American Writers' Museum,  American Irish Historical Society, Cornelia St. Cafe, NYC 2017,
Carnegie Hall Migrations Festival: Yeats & Tagore, NYPL for the Performing Arts @ the Lincoln Ctr, NYC 2019