January 10, 7:00 PM
Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House, 2475 18 St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Emily Henry has been writing and performing folk-pop music for over ten years. Her unique picking style and strong lyrical background underlay the real showstopper: her powerful, sweet voice, which has been compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, and Alison Krauss. A DC-area local, she has played shows all over the East Coast, in Europe, and in Asia. In 2016 Emily released her debut EP, “Matchsticks”, to a packed house at IOTA, followed by a performance at The Birchmere opening for Australian chart-toppers Boy & Bear.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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