Depending on when you walk in on a song, the Emma Frank Quartet might sound like folk or jazz, even R&B. It’s music that never stays put, full of moving parts, shifting tempos, winding melodies. The lyrics are honest, open conversations on love and life-journeys that aim for insight, not easy answers. Lately people have compared Emma’s voice and song writing to a young Joni Mitchell. It has a breathy somersaulting quality that tumbles into warm, dark valleys, a voice that Leif Vollebeck described as “leather on silk.”
Emma has performed with her band at the International Festival du Jazz de Montreal, at North by Northeast and at Pop Montreal. Her album, For Being Apart, which was released in 2014, has garnered attention from Canadian critics and fans of folk and jazz. The album was released by The 270 Sessions in June 2014, and features Isis Giraldo on piano, Phil Melanson on drums, Hans Bernard on bass and production by Martin Rodriguez.
The bands latest line up – Simon Millerd on trumpet, Marc Béland on drums, Isis Giraldo on piano and Gabriel Drolet on bass – brilliantly interprets her compositions with delicacy, and warmth. They are currently preparing to record a full album for release in spring, 2015 and for upcoming shows throughout Canada.
The People We’re Becoming