Emma Smith

Emma Smith studied double bass at the Royal College of Music where she was trained in classical double bass technique and repertoire. Building on the language of classical music, and exploring the story-telling aspect of folk music from different parts of the world, Emma has forged a career as a composer and improviser which has seen her headlining Glastonbury and playing Madison Square Gardens with the Gorillaz on the Plastic Beach World Tour, as well as touring extensively with Eliza Carthy. Emma now produces Bitches Brew, where she showcases the best in female instrumental improvising talent, runs the highly creative band of improvisers Kikazaru and composes, performs and improvises with her duo ma. In 2016 Emma joined Musicians without Borders, using music in post-conflict areas to “bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war”.

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