Emily Burridge solo cello performance productions
Combining classical with contemporary through utilising sampling and looping technology, Emily has developed an exciting and innovative program of new music for the cello.
In 2019 a reviewer wrote ‘Emily Burridge lifts the subtle art of cello to new dimensions with her inspirational, moody, soulful and joyous musicianship. This is cello to lift the spirit, harmonise with the emotions and take you on a journey’
Out of the Blue & Into the Amazon
alternatively with a suite for unaccompanied cello by JS Bach integrated into the program:
From Bach to the Amazon
Virtuoso cellist Emily Burridge with her extraordinary ability to incorporate looping technology whilst performing recreates her multi tracked compositions from the acclaimed double album production “Out of the Blue and into the Amazon” and in 2022 she will integrate music from her new releases.
This is not just a concert to entertain, this is a performance which aims to inspire both young and old alike with a unique approach of performing and talking with wit and pathos about what it is that inspires Emily as a composer. In the second half of the performance ‘Into the Amazon’ with field recordings of the natural environment and traditional singing of tribal people integrated within her musical compositions she transmits to the audience through the vehicle of a concert an experience of a day from dawn to dusk in an Indian village in the Amazon forest of Brazil.
“Fascinating and unique” – The Musician
Out of the Blue is a series of solo cello pieces in which Emily Burridge utilises looping pedals operated with her feet to multi-track her exciting and innovative compositions.The cello becomes a voice for her personal experiences, and emotions. Similarly At the turning of the World 2020 release
“Spellbinding innovative performance” – Nexus
“Out of the Blue” This first video is an excerpt of her concert performance in Chartres Cathedral and features her composition ‘Andiamo’ from her ‘Out of the Blue’ album and performance production.
Into the Amazon is an innovative solo cello production inspired and initiated by Emily’s personal experience of living and working with the Xavante, a tribal community in the Amazon of Brazil who have a tradition of singing at the core of their culture.
In November 2021 Emily was selected to present her “Into the Amazon” production at COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. The full stream of this performance is available on the COP official channel: Emily live stream in full COP26 (45 minutes) edited extracts from this performance are included below.
This first 4 minute extract video from the COP26 live stream of “Into the Amazon” includes the opening tracks “Dawn” and “Morning Song”. Images of the Xavante indian community taken by Emily when she was living and working with the Xavante indians of Brazil.
Through integrating within her solo ‘cello composition her field recordings of both the Xavante songs and recordings from their forest and community environment she successfully takes the audience on a musical adventure into an Amazonian Indian village.
Into the Amazon is the second CD on Emily’s double CD release ‘Out of the Blue & Into the Amazon’ and you can listen to extracts of the music here: Into the Amazon
Program length: Into the Amazon full production 25 minutes and combined within the ‘Out of the Blue’ /’Bach to the Amazon’ concert program : 1hr 20 minutes.
(Optional) Seventy five 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. (Some of the images can be seen in the following stills video which features one of the songs from the production.
Review “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)
A desire to further an awareness of tribal peoples through her musical productions she has added to the ‘Into the Amazon’ production ‘Sisters in the Forest’ – (single release available on all digital platforms) coinciding with her COP26 performance 08/11/2021. The musical composition was originally inspired by a Survival international moving account of two sisters – last surviving members of an Awa tribal community in Brazil who having been cured of TB ran away from the reservation where they were told that they could now live and disappeared back into the Amazon forest.
See Emily performing “Sisters in the Forest” accompanied by projected video at COP 26 with this edit from the full live stream:
“The audience experienced an evening of ethereal, beautiful and an emotional combination of images and music, totally enjoyable evening.”
“Emily Burridge’s ‘From Bach to 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 from her solo cello series ‘Out of the Blue’ Bach & Out of the Blue
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.
Christine Pacey – Dorset Artsreach tour
“Into the Amazon” available as a 25-minute ‘Outreach performance and presentation’ – bringing an Amazonian village to schools and hospitals in the form of a musical performance. Program length: (25 mins)
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)
Feed back concerts in schools
Milton Abbey School Thank you to Emily Burridge – cello who gave a stunning recital last night in the Kings Room. She impressed and inspired guests and pupils with her wide ranging repertoire as she took us from Bach’s third suite in C major cello to the heart of the Amazon, which has inspired much of her own compositions. In a multimedia production, and using modern sampling technology to integrate field recordings from the Amazon and singing by the Xavante tribe, we were shown the full range of her talents and left with a greater understanding of the difficulties facing tribal communities today in Brazil.
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. Projected images accompany the ‘Into the Amazon’ performance. A projector and surface onto which images can be projected is required.
For international bookings Emily has an electric cello which travels in the hold of a plane and this helps with budgets for international travel with a cello. It is also used for festival bookings.
To make contact regarding your concert/tour enquiry please send an e mail to:
Other Solo Cello Productions Include:
Over the last few years Emily has established a strong reputation with her unique solo production also listed as ‘Bach, Burridge & Into the Amazon’ (with movements from a Bach suite integrated into the concert program)
- COP 26 Glasgow Climate Conference 08/11/2021 “Into the Amazon” performance & video presentation
- From Bach to the Amazon’ St Peter’s Church, Shaftesbury Dorset
- ‘From Bach & to the Amazon’ Live & Local rural tour Warwickshire
- ‘Music from Out of the Blue’ Sculpture by the Lakes Festival Dorset
- ‘From Bach & to the Amazon’ Festival of Chichester St John’s Chapel
- ‘Out of the Blue & Into the Amazon’ Survival International 50 years celebratory performance Museum of the order of St John, London. May 2019
- ‘Bach & music from Out of the Blue’ Kino Teatr St Leonard’s on Sea June 2018
- ‘From Bach to the Amazon’ Milton Abbey School concert series June 2018
- ‘Bach & music from Out of the Blue’ Winterborne Tomson Church Dorset May 2018
- ‘Out of the Blue & Into the Amazon’ ‘Unplugged’ East Bridgford Hill April 2018
- ‘Bach & music from Out of the Blue’ The Silk Mill Frome ‘Outside insight concert series’ October 2017
- “Bach & music from Out of the Blue” in Chartres Cathedral, France for their summer concert series 2016
- “Bach, Burridge & Into the Amazon” Calne Festival of Music & Arts
- “Bach & Music from out of the Blue” St Mary’s Church, Shroton & St Peter’s Church, Shaftesbury
- “Bach, Burridge & Into the Amazon” Barnard Castle international festival of music 2013
- “Bach, Burridge & Into the Amazon” St Mary’s Church Alvediston 2013 & St James’s Church Pilton 2013
- “Music from Out of the Blue” Equator WOW Festival, Women of the World, London.
- “Bach, Burridge & Into the Amazon” St. Ives Festival , Zennor Church, Cornwall UK
- “Bach, Burridge & Into the Amazon” Hayle – Rural tour venue Cornwall.
- “Bach, Burridge & Into the Amazon” Rural Tour – Various Venues Dorset. Promoted by Dorset Artsreach.
- “Music from Out of the Blue & Into the Amazon” Clarence House, London.” Start – A Garden Party to make a difference” Organised by The Princes Foundation.
- “Bach, Burridge & Into the Amazon” Warneford Chapel, Oxford. Promoted by Oxford Contemporary Music, ” Into the Amazon” Ashleywood Farm Music Festival, Dorset.
- “Bach & music from Out of the Blue” McQueen’s Club, London.
- “Out of the Blue & Into the Amazon” Rivenstone Festival – Dartmoor. Main Stage.
- “Into the Amazon” in collaboration with the photo exhibit “Heart of Brazil” by international photographer Sue Cunningham. Brazilian Embassy in London. The first performance “Bach, Burridge & Into the Amazon” Butley Priory Music Series, Suffolk.
- “Music from Out of the Blue” Hindon “Peace wins Japan” private concert.
- “Into the Amazon” ‘out reach” performance. Warneford Hospital, Oxford. Emily integrated within the performance a storytelling approach to the performance as she related her experiences of living with tribal people in the forests of Brazil.
- “Bach, Burridge & Into the Amazon” Harcourt Arboretum, Oxford. Production – Oxford Contemporary Music.
- Donhead St Mary Church, Dorset. Benefit concert for the Xavante Tree Nursery initiative.
- Shaftesbury Arts Centre Dorset.