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Emika crowdfunds her first symphony

By | Published on Wednesday 23 September 2015


Emika has announced a new crowdfunding campaign to raise money to record her first symphony.

The musician, whose work spans electronic and classical, plans to record with the Prague Metropolitan Orchestra and soprano Michaela Srumova next year. She will also release material documenting the whole creative process of the project, from initial writing to the project’s completion.

“I’ve wanted to compose a big piece for a symphony orchestra since I was a kid studying at music school”, says Emika. “It’s something that scares and excites me in equal measure, and something which I’ve been working towards for a very long time. I met Michaela in Prague when I was recording a string piece for my track ‘Dem Worlds’, which featured on my second album ‘DVA’. I fell in love with her voice and she became my first serious muse. I was so inspired by the experience that I promised myself I would compose something much bigger”.

Of the actual composition, she adds: “I have attempted to create a fresh sound for the orchestra and a new context beyond the constraints of traditional classical music. With traditional scores and orchestras, you never know exactly how it is going to sound. It can be affected the mood of the performers, or the sound of the space it’s being played in. It’s a huge risk. That’s why I’m so excited about it. I thrive on challenges”.

If she reaches her €20,000 goal, she hopes to begin recording in early 2016, with the release of the record pencilled in for September next year.

Find out more about the project and donate here.