"A crystalline voice of unique timbre and emotional intelligence..." - Alain Brunet, La Presse
When Emma Frank moved to Montreal in 2006 to study Literature at McGill University, she found herself drawn to its rich musical community of improvisers and songwriters. It's there that she began performing regularly, releasing two critically acclaimed albums under her own name on the Montreal-based label, The 270 Sessions. After coming to New York in August of 2015 to perform in Franky Rousseau and Dominic Mekky’s chamber opera "April", Emma decided to move to Brooklyn. It's there that she penned the songs on her release, "Ocean Av". The music was realized by collaborating and working with the pianist Aaron Parks, and features Rick Rosato on bass, Jim Black on drums, Franky Rousseau on guitar. The album was released on February 16th, 2017 on Susan Records.
Depending on when you walk in on a song, Emma’s music might sound like folk, jazz, even R&B. It's music that never stays put, full of moving parts, shifting tempos, and winding melodies. Her songs are journeys of self-discovery, framed by insightful lyrics and her warm, gossamer voice that songwriter Leif Vollebekk described as "like leather on silk."
Emma Frank has performed at Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, NXNE, Pop Montreal, and the Toronto Jazz Festival, as well as regular performances in New York. She has appeared on the "Blindfold Test" EP by She’s Got a Habit (Frank, Martin Rodriguez, Andy Bauer), "Songs for Voice and Brass" by Malcolm Sailor, and the 2016 Songlines release of "Lessons and Fairytales" by Simon Millerd featuring Pablo Held, Robert Landfermann, and Jonas Burgwinkel.
Check out "Ocean Av" on Bandcamp