"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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“(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 VT). 

Avant-folk singer-songwriter violinist Emma Back uses a loop pedal to create lush layers of percussion and harmony, accomplishing a sonic and poetic lyricism that reaches deep into the past and far into the future simultaneously.  Back is known for her intimate concerts in living rooms, art studios and other “alternative” environments where she leads audiences to reflect on world issues and personal challenges while simultaneously celebrating the beauty and joy of being alive. Her dynamic, multi-dimensional performance features vocal percussion, haunting melodic storytelling, jazz and klezmer inspired violin riffs and harmonic influences ranging from Eastern-Europe to American Roots. 

In May 2018, Back released her debut record Little World, a ten-track album produced by Colin McCaffrey that investigates how to heal personal and global conflict through bearing witness to issues of feminine power, racial and religious oppression, war and ancestry. 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, The Times Argus). 

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 2018 Back released her debut full length record “Little World” produced by Colin Mcaffrey.  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. 

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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

“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 VT). 

Avant-folk, singer-songwriter, violinist Emma Back uses a loop pedal to create lush layers of rhythm and harmony, accomplishing a sonic and poetic lyricism that reaches deep into the past and far into the future simultaneously.  Back’s dynamic, multi-dimensional performance features vocal percussion, haunting melodic storytelling, jazz and klezmer inspired violin riffs and harmonic influences ranging from Eastern-Europe to American Roots. Back’s 2018 debut release “Little World” investigates how to heal personal and global conflict through bearing witness to issues of feminine power, racial and religious oppression, war and ancestry.

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.  

Music: Sample Tracks from "Little World"

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