Born on a small farm south of Boston to a musical instrument collecting father and accordion playing mother, Emilia was destined for a life of music. She started piano, formally, at the age of five and trained classically for the next thirteen years. It was Christmas day, 1996, when Emilia decided she wanted to play the guitar. She went up to the attic, pulled out a warped and worn guitar, that once belonged to her great grandfather, and started to play. She never stopped.
Now, wielding a voice that defies the size of her body and strong storytelling sensibilities, Emilia Dahlin has carved out her name as a unique songstress. She weaves mesmerizing tales (complete with Greek myths, robotic messiahs, epic floods, and tax evaders) with raw, rootsy folk and dynamic jazz vocals. Her well-crafted songs sound as if they've been left outside where time and weather have worn cracks for the wind to whip through. Her sky-rocketing energy is delivered with honesty.
Emilia performs in many permutations, from solo to quartet. Her longtime band-members are Adam Frederick or Justin Maxwell (upright bass), Max Cantlin (lead guitar), and Seth Kearns (drums and percussion).
Emilia's a performer-turned-community organizer. Returning from a pilgrimage of global service that took her to sustainable and intentional communities around the world, she returned to New England to co-found The Transcendence Project with Deb Bicknell, which uses music as medium for building community locally and globally.
Her next projects?
- songwriting workshops with 450 Ocean Ave Elementary School students in Cumberland County, Maine
- recording with Artist/Activist, Claudinho Mirhanda from a Sao Paulo, Brazil favela
- supporting a cross-cultural concert in the Middle East
Emilia still resides in Portland, Maine where she tends a homestead and is also an aspiring farmer.
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