"Little World” soars on the strength of Back’s stunning vocals, sparse and compelling instrumentation, poetic lyrics and a captivating sound that conjures such singular artists as Andrew Bird, Rhiannon Giddens and Tori Amos while standing tall on its own unique merits...It’s an album that rewards repeated listens, a cohesive collection that grows in infectiousness with every spin.”

Tom Huntington, Times Argus

(Back's) charming sensibilities, excellent structuring and arranging, as well as her ability to confound emotionally will likely bring listeners back for repeat encounters.”

Jordan Adams, Seven Days

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Long Bio

“Raise up your eyes!” sings Emma Back. This is her cry for our “Little World.”  

Blending acoustic instrumentation with percussive loops, layers of vocal and string harmonies, and flourishes of Eastern-European tonalities, Back's debut 2018 release "Little World," investigates how to heal personal and global conflicts through bearing witness to issues of feminine power, racial and religious oppression, war and ancestry.  

In live performance, Back uses a loop pedal to re-create these layers live, accomplishing a sonic and poetic lyricism that reaches deep into the past and far into the future simultaneously. Whether she is creating percussion loops by tapping her violin bow on the mic stand, digging into a klezmer violin solo or whispering her haunting melodic stories, Back’s dynamic and passionate performance invokes in listeners a deep sense of intimacy and care.  

Produced by Colin McCaffrey, “Little World,” "soars on the strength of Back’s stunning vocals, sparse and compelling instrumentation, poetic lyrics and a captivating sound that conjures such singular artists as Andrew Bird, Rhiannon Giddens and Tori Amos while standing tall on its own unique merits." (Tom Huntington, Times Argus). "Little World" was written and recorded during a four-year period of immense transition in Back’s life that included a health crisis resulting in her return to Vermont where she was bedridden for 6 months after burning out from traveling in Israel and touring and teaching throughout the US. In her healing process, she found herself exploring aspects of inner-shadow and global issues of conflict, pondering the age-old question, ‘how do we connect beyond the differences that divide us and stand in compassion and solidarity?' This yearning to heal, both personally and collectively is at the heart of “Little World.” 

Back has a background in classical violin and voice and has been performing since the age of seven. She grew up in rural Vermont, falling in love early on with Balkan and African music through her exposure singing with teen world music choir, “Village Harmony.” After a brief time spent living in Paris, Back returned to the US to study Avant-Guard improvisation, composition and vocal performance at Naropa University, releasing her E.P “C’est Nous” as her BA thesis project in 2011. Back has toured throughout the US and has performed in England, Israel and France solo and as a guest with various music projects including the Cameron Powers Project (Greek & Turkish music), Planina (Balkan Choir), the Inquiry (Folk-Rock) and Neva Tehilla (Sacred Jewish Music). In addition to her performing life, Back is the founder of She Sings Out Loud, an organization that supports female-identifying singers, public speakers and performing artists in finding authentic expression onstage while healing from culturally inherited patterns and personal blocks around being seen and heard. Back currently resides in Vermont where she is active in supporting women in the Burlington music scene as well as teaching voice and violin to children and leading She Sings Out Loud workshops.

Short Bio

“Raise up your eyes!” sings Emma Back. This is her cry for our “Little World.”   

Blending acoustic instrumentation with percussive loops, layers of vocal and string harmonies, and flourishes of Eastern-European tonalities, Back's debut 2018 release "Little World," investigates how to heal personal and global conflicts through bearing witness to issues of feminine power, racial and religious oppression, war and ancestry.   

In live performance, Back uses a loop pedal to re-create these layers live, accomplishing a sonic and poetic lyricism that reaches deep into the past and far into the future simultaneously. Whether she is creating percussion loops by tapping her violin bow on the mic stand, digging into a klezmer violin solo or whispering her haunting melodic stories, Back’s dynamic and passionate performance invokes in listeners a deep sense of intimacy and care.  

Back has a background in classical violin and voice and has been performing since the age of seven. She grew up in rural Vermont, falling in love early on with Balkan and African music through her exposure singing with teen world music choir, Village Harmony. After a brief time spent living in Paris, Back returned to the US to study Avant-Guard improvisation, composition and vocal performance at Naropa University, releasing her E.P “C’est Nous” as her BA thesis project in 2011. In addition to her performing life, Back is the founder of She Sings Out Loud, an organization that supports female-identifying singers, public speakers and performing artists in finding authentic expression onstage while healing from culturally inherited patterns and personal blocks around being seen and heard.

Little World Elevator Statement

 Blending acoustic instrumentation with percussive loops, layers of vocal and string harmonies, and flourishes of Eastern-European tonalities, Little World investigates how to heal personal and global conflicts through bearing witness to issues of feminine power, racial and religious oppression, war and ancestry.  

Emma Back Elevator Statement

Avant-Folk Live-Looping. Bjork meets Andrew Bird.

Music: Sample Tracks from "Little World"

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Little World Album Cover
Photo by Jordan Douglas

Little World Album Cover Photo by Jordan Douglas

Little World Album Cover Art
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Little World Album Cover Art Photo By Jordan Douglas

Little World Press Photo
Photo by Jordan Douglas

Little World Press Photo Photo by Jordan Douglas

"Looping Layers" photo by Jordan Douglas

"Looping Layers" photo by Jordan Douglas

Live Performance, The Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington VT February 2018
Photo by Jasmine Douglas Hughes

Live Performance, The Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington VT February 2018 Photo by Jasmine Douglas Hughes

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