February 4, 2016 / 8pm
Bowery Ballroom / 6 Delancey Street NYC
About the Concert
Join members of Metropolis Ensemble as we perform alongside Emily Wells and present the world premiere of all-new arrangements of Wells' music by composer Ryan Francis. Emily Wells, praised by NPR as a "one woman with the force of a band," is a classically trained violinist, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who builds a cocoon of layered and looped sounds live and on record completely analog--no computers in sight. In addition to violin she plays viola, drums, synth, guitar and bass on the album alongside friends who guest on everything from vibraphone to French horn.
Over a 6 month period, Metropolis Ensemble composer Ryan Francis collaborated with Wells to compose live string arrangements for her new LP "Promise" in anticipation of her forthcoming national tour. The resulting 11 original songs, out January 29 on her newly minted label Thesis & Instinct, are a meditation on Wells' life and world view deeply nourished by art and literature. A soul record in baroque clothing, 'Promise' reflects on friendship, risk and desire. The cover and title are derived from the installation "Promesa" by Cabella/Carceller, an interdisciplinary collaborative pair of Spanish artists, who lent Wells the work after she discovered it in the book Art and Queer Culture by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer.