"Bach & music from Out of the Blue” & “Into the Amazon”
Through employing modern sampling and looping technology, Emily has developed an exciting and innovative program of new music for the cello.
The instrument by nature is sonically linear, but with the looping pedals operated by her feet Emily can play the cello, record harmonies and create multi tracked compositions live.
Bach - the suites for unaccompanied ‘cello by JS Bach are considered the root of the cello repertoire and Emily’s journey in finding her interpretation and identity within them commenced while studying at the Royal College of Music with the late cellist Amerylis Flemming and further tuition with the highly esteemed late William Pleeth.
The concert program “Bach & Music from Out of the Blue” consists of a Bach suite and Emily’s own compositions for solo cello.
Some of which are featured on her acclaimed double CD release “Out of the Blue & Into the Amazon”
Reviews in The Musician described her music as "fascinating and unique" and in Europe - European Progressive Music "music that is deep, thoughtful and also lifts your spirits"
Emily pictured here with electric cello which is used for international touring
Live Example of Looping Cello
Live performance Chartres Cathedral 17th July 2016 of Emily’s concert program ‘Bach & music from Out of the Blue’ video excerpt features the composition ‘Andiamo’ from her ‘Out of the Blue’ series of pieces.
You'll hear her use of modern sampling technology which she utilises while she is playing the 'cello and which enables her to create multi tracked pieces during her solo performance production.
As artist in residence for the Amercian Ubiquity University Wisdom School at Chartres Cathederal, France. 'Prayer for the Rivers' is a recording of an improvised piece played during a live perfromance in the crypt of the cathederal.
The video below is the premier of 'Bach, Burridge & Into the Amazon' at the Brazillian Embassy in London. In conjucntion with a photographic exhibition by Sue Cunningham.
A master of her instrument and proficient technician, Emily creates all the samples during the live performance.
"Burridge & Into the Amazon"
Along with her solo compositions Emily adds the sounds and experiences brought back from her times living with the Xavante tribe in the Amazon
Singing is central to the Xavante culture and Emily was invited to record their songs.
With these recordings Emily has produced "Into the Amazon" and through this production takes the audience on a brief journey into an Indian village commencing with birds at dawn followed by recordings of songs sung by both groups and individuals which she accompanies with solo 'cello compositions.
75 projected images accompany the "Into the Amazon" performance. Including photos of fauna and flora of the Amazon by kind permission of the acclaimed photographer Sue Cunningham and photos of Xavante tribes people taken by Emily.
In the program "Bach, Burridge & into the Amazon" she performs Bach and "Out of the Blue" compositions in the the first half and "Into the Amazon " in the second half of the performance.
St Jame's Palace Main Stage, Clarence House, London
photograph by Xan
"The audience experienced an evening of ethereal, beautiful and an emotional combination of images and music, totally enjoyable evening."
Christine Pacey - Hinton Martel Church
"Emily Burridge's 'Out of the Blue and Into the Amazon' is nothing short of inspirational. The first half interweaves classical unaccompanied cello works drawn from the G major suite by JS Bach with her own compositions. Clever use of technology allows her to create multi-tracked pieces in a live setting which segue in and out of the familiar classical repertoire into her own dreamy creations.
A consummate musician, she also has a wonderful ability to communicate with her audience, rendering the whole performance as intimate as it is accomplished. The second half takes the audience on a fascinating journey into the world of the Xavante natives in the Amazon.
Striking photographic images and recordings of their prayers and songs are accompanied by Emily’s own haunting and lyrical cello music. It is peaceful, spiritual and atmospheric; a visual and aural wonderland into which the audience is gently drawn." Sarah Newitt (Rural tour concert promoted by Dorset Artsreach)
General Concert Information & Technical Requirements
Performance length : One hour and fifteen minutes
Technical information and requirements
Amplification - Emily supplies her own small PA which is suitable for small halls and churches. For bigger venues an in house PA is required
(Optional) Projected images can accompany the "Into the Amazon" performance. A projector and surface onto which images can be projected is required.
"Outreach performance" - "Into the Amazon" is an effective "outreach" project. Emily integrates a story telling approach to the performance as she relates her experiences of living with tribal people in the forests of Brazil.
Previous tours and locations
Over the last few years Emily Burridge has established a strong reputation with her unique solo performance:
Calne Festival of Music & Arts 2014 Chartres Cathedral 2014 (Bach & Burridge accompanying walkers on the labyrinth) St Mary's Church, Shroton 2014 St Peter's Church, Shaftesbury 2014
Barnard Castle international festival of music 2013 St Mary's Church Alvediston 2013 St Jame's Church Pilton 2013 Equator WOW Festival 2013, Women of the World, London.
St. IvesFestival 2012, Zennor Church, Cornwall UK Hayle - Rural tour venue Cornwall. Rural Tour - Various Venues Dorset. Promoted by Dorset Artsreach. Clarence House, London."Start - A Garden Party to make a difference" Organised by The Princes Foundation. Emily performed "Out of the Blue & Into the Amazon" on the main stage and the garden stage. Warneford Chapel, Oxford. Promoted by Oxford Contemporary Music, Emily gave a sell out performance. www.ocmevents.org Ashleywood Farm Music Festival, Dorset. McQueen's Club, London. Rivenstone Festival - Dartmoor. Main Stage. Brazilian Embassy in London. The first performance, "Into the Amazon" in collaboration with the photo exhibit "Heart of Brazil" by international photographer Sue Cunningham. Butley Priory Music Series, Suffolk. Hindon "Peace wins Japan" private concert. Warneford Hospital, Oxford. "Into the Amazon" proved to be an effective "out reach" project. Emily integrated within the performance a story telling approach to the performance as she related her experiences of living with tribal people in the forests of Brazil. Harcourt Arboretum, Oxford. Another fitting environment for this production. Event organised by OCM - Oxford Contemporary Music. Donhead St Mary Church, Dorset. Benefit concert for the Xavante Tree Nursery initiative. Shaftesbury Arts Centre Dorset.