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About Emily Carmen

Emily began to pursue her love of music from the very early age of five, when she played her first violin. Since then, she has added piano, guitar and synthesizers to her musical talents. Inspired by her father, a pioneer in the field of electronic music synthesizers, by her early teens Emily was using computer music technology, synthesizers and music software to create original songs in a variety of genres, including classical, jazz and pop.

When not composing in her studio, Emily can often be seen playing electric violin as a session musician in and around New York City and LA. She has composed for and performed with the Manhattanville Jazz ensemble and also composed, performed, arranged and recorded the music score for the NY City play “The First Woman” by Joshua Pangborn, in addition to composing, arranging and recording a CD of her original material. Emily is a member of the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) and was chosen as a participant in the 2009 ASCAP film composer's competition.

Emily was awarded scholarships to the Berklee College of Music and Manhattanville College and has a music degree from the Music Conservatory of SUNY Purchase. She has studied jazz theory and composition, song writing, studio composition, music theory, orchestration and film scoring.

Emily has worked with acclaimed film and TV composers Ira Newborn (Ace Ventura, Naked Gun, Blues Brothers, Caddyshack, Dragnet, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Wise Guys), Steve Sandberg (Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego! Go!) Sonny Kompanek (The Big Lebowski, Intolerable Cruelty, Family Business, Miller's Crossing), composer/conductor, Grammy Award recipient and Pulitzer Prize nominee Joel Thome and renowned jazz guitarist Jay Azzolina.

Emily credits much of her musical inspiration to her close friend and mentor, the legendary jazz tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet and has been interviewed on a soon to be released Jazz Documentary about the life of Mr. Jacquet.


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