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Emilie Conway

Emilie is an award winning vocal jazz artist, composer and lyricist. Her music is informed and complemented by her love of literature, poetry, sound and silence. She blends her own compositions, spoken word/poetry, with improvised or composed music.

Emilie's arts practice is multi-disciplinary as Emilie creates work through a process of singing, writing, dancing and painting. Her music focuses on 3 areas: jazz and art/literature, jazz and disability and jazz and children As an accredited art psychotherapist, Emilie also believes in the healing power of art and multi-disciplinary creative expression.

She was awarded a commission with the National Gallery to respond to the recent exhibition of the legendary modern artist, Piet Mondrian for which she has created two podcasts and is in the final stages of music production of original compositions.

She is also working on a commission from the Project Arts Centre to respond to their new policy: Towards Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. During lockdown Emilie produced a music video in collaboration with children from St. Colmcille's Senior School, Knocklyon, called It All Works Out, which was launched as part of Cruinniu na nOg festival in 2020

She is recipient of a New Work Award from Arts Disability Ireland Connect Scheme, 2020 and most recently a practice based Agility Award from the Arts Council of Ireland.

A passionate activist for equal and equitable participation of disabled people in arts and culture, Emilie is frequently sought as a speaker and EDI consultant for many arts organisations including The Ark, Creative Schools, The Arts Council, and Google. Emilie also creates audio-described and sensory art tours for the RHA and the National Gallery. Emilie is the founder of DADA, Disabled Artists, Disabled Academics Campaign for Cultural and Human Rights.

Her own vocalese to Coltrane’s solo demonstrating her abilities to their fullest, flitting through the lyrics at a tempo most rappers would be envious of, while maintaining a bouncing melody and clarity of diction throughout.

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