with Christina Courtin (w/ Allison Miller, Jesse Hume & Maeve Gilchrist) & Julia Easterlin
Sat January 14th, 2017
Minimum Age: 21+
Doors Open: 7:00PM
Show Time: 8:00PM
Event Ticket: $20 (all access pass)
ROUSE is a monthly concert series featuring all-women curated line ups. Each month, 50% or more of the concert’s ticket sales will be donated to a select charity which supports women. ROUSE will rotate through venues throughout New York City, and will select charities to support based on the demographics of the venue’s neighborhood.
This event will take place during Knockdown Center’s NASTY WOMEN Exhibition weekend. For a full schedule and list of events, please click here.
As a follow up to her critically acclaimed album “Promise”, Emily Wells will release an EP of B sides, remixes / live arrangements March 3, 2017. With a belief in the sovereignty of melody to hold a song to itself, Wells consistently bends and re-renders her original works to almost entirely new forms in her live performances. Not wanting her months of touring to fall away entirely to the ephemeral Wells has recorded a few of the arrangements in their new forms. There are also the songs written and recorded during the creation of “Promise” that were not made for the record. This release seeks to give all of these works a home. She will tour in support of the EP in select US and European cities.
Praise for Wells’ latest full length “Promise” + Live performances:
• “Quietly transfixing…Ms. Wells works in the manner of what Walt Whitman called “a noiseless, patient spider,” sending out filament after filament until a structure begins to form.” –NEW YORK TIMES
•”The shape-shifting string virtuoso ignores genre boundaries while conjuring a uniquely affecting session of atmospheric folk…” – RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY
• “Extraordinary, presenting a sort of ambient gospel-folk music that’s immersed in secular desires and experiences.” – NPR
• “…unconventional and rather moving..” – NOISEY
• “‘Promise’ is a record like few others – both tangible and smoky, guttural and delicate, it treads atop a thin sheet of ice throughout, yet remains unafraid to bask in the warmth of its creator.” – DIY
Christina Courtin (w/ Allison Miller, Jesse Hume & Maeve Gilchrist)
Christina Courtin is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter living in Brooklyn, New York. She has released two solo recordings of original genre-bending music, one self-titled on Nonesuch (2009) and the other entitled ‘Varsity’ on Hundred Pockets Records (2013).
As a member of the neo-classical NYC ensemble The Knight’s, she has been a part of the release of 6 of their albums on Sony Classical records and shared a 2011 Juno award A Juilliard graduate in Violin Performance, she has written and performed music for national television and radio audiences, has strong regional followings in sophisticated hotbeds of music worldwide and has a dedicated NYC following for her work in voice, violin, viola, and guitar.
When Christina isn’t writing and singing her own material, she performs regularly as a side man and session musician in and around NYC. She has teamed up with Fun., Dirty Projectors, Sara Watkins, The Knights, Nick Cave, Paul McCartney, Breastfist, Nick Thune, Marianne Faithful, Yo-Yo Ma, Sufjan Stevens, Antony and the Johnsons, Marc Ribot, Iron and Wine, Sara Bareillas, and Teddy Thompson.
I’m from Georgia. My family is made up of educators, community organizers, artists and travelers from many different places – Japan, Sri Lanka, France, peanut fields in the south. My grandmother is AH-mazingly awesome. My two sisters are smart and funny. My mother and father are generous and hard working people who love their home, eat good food, drink cheap wine and read great books.
My mother sings, and so when I was young I sang with her. My grandfathers gave me an orchard and a piano; I started harvesting nuts from trees and playing music. My older sister took ballet classes, so I started, too. My father made bows and arrows in our back yard, so I learned to hunt. My cousins tied me to trees and put frogs on my head, so I learned to be tolerant of slimy green things.
When I was about 6, we moved to the BIG CITY (!) of Augusta, GA (I’m sure you’ve heard all about it). All the wonders of the world were contained in this one place – a huge library! multiple stoplights! playgrounds galore! AND a truly excellent school of fine arts, where I learned about West African dance, American Jazz, Spanish literature, and traditional Afro-Cuban music, among billions of other things I don’t have space to list.
From the doors of that school, I was thrust out into the world and landed in several new places performing, giving clinics, and recording music. In L.A., I performed at a TED conference and recorded at Capitol Records. In Chicago, I took the stage with my band at Lollapalooza 2011. In New York, I worked the circuit at CMJ and again in Austin at SXSW. In Miami, I was recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. In Boston, someone convinced me to go to college and study music technology. In Cannes, I rented a flat and sang at the MIDEM conference. In Havana, I collaborated with Cuban performers to premier a piece at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. In Tibet, I climbed mountains in the Himalayas, until I got so sick and stranded that the American Embassy in Kathmandu had to send an emergency rescue helicopter to save me. I would like a redo!
I made it out alive, and now I’m living in New York, playing with sound loops and gadgets, singing loudly, excited to present new music when it’s ready. I’ve also been watching a lot of Björk interviews from the 90s and burying my head in historical fiction.
Anyone who tells you I’m some kind of magically gifted, irresponsibly talented, shockingly beautiful, unearthly creature bound for the stars probably just owes me a favor. BUT I hope they say it loudly.