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Carol Emanuel: Bio

Carol Emanuel - Harpist, Singer, Songwriter

Carol Emanuel is one of New York's leading contemporary harpists. Her music encompasses Western Classical, New Music, and Afro-Brazilian idioms, all of which she combines in her improvisations. After earning degrees from the University of Rochester and the California Institute of the Arts, she studied and performed with Gunther Schuller and Ran Blake at the New England Conservatory Of Music.

 

In the new music field, she has performed with Anthony Braxton, Earl Howard, Bobby Previte, Arto Lindsay, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, and John Zorn.

 

Ms. Emanuel was a featured artist in Women In Improvisation at Symphony Space, and her group Verde performed her compositions at the Kitchen. Her theatrical credits include Martha Clarke's Vienna: Lusthaus and Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. She performed in John Zorn's Track and Field at the Kool Jazz Festival and she has appeared at jazz festivals in Germany, Holland, and Austria.

 

In the classical field, Ms. Emanuel has performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and toured with the Goldovsky Opera Company, and has played with the Springfield, MA and Albany, NY Symphonies. She was a featured soloist with the Gregg Smith Singers at Alice Tully Hall,  and at contemporary music festivals in San Diego, Las Vegas, and Los  Angeles, and has given chamber recitals at the Brooklyn Museum, Wave Hill, and the Bloomingdale School of Music.

 

In Las Vegas, she has performed in shows headlined by Juliet Prowse, Neil Sedaka, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Tony Orlando, and Peter Allen, among others. Ms. Emanuel's playing is featured on over 25 recordings, including Leo Smith's critically acclaimed "Spirit Catcher" (Nessa Records) with her two sisters, Ruth and Irene, also harpists.

 

 Working with the composer John Zorn for over 20 years, Carol is the harpist on the groundbreaking Spillane and Godard as well as Filmworks, the recent Femina and many other recorded scores. In 2008-2009 Carol performed Zorn's Shir Hashirim at the Guggenheim Museum, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, and in Paris at the Jazz a la Villette Festival and at the new La Scala in Milan.

 

 Carol's first CD, Tops of Trees on Koch Jazz was an adventurous exploration of harp in unusual new settings created by many of the top composers of the downtown scene in New York City -- Bobby Previte, Butch Morris, Bill Frisell, Marty Ehrlich, Guy Klucevek and John Zorn. 

 

Carol Emanuel is also on recordings by Bobby Previte, Danny Elfman's Oingo Boingo, Seigen Ono and Hal Willner and Cyndi Lauper.