Born, raised, and steeped in the arts of New York City, Emma Alabaster began her formal study of upright bass and voice at Fiorello H. Laguardia High School for the Arts. She went on to receive her B.A. in Music from Bard College, where she studied jazz composition and performance under Erica Lindsay, John Esposito, Ira Coleman and Kenny Davis.
A Brooklyn native, Alabaster tells stories of home through a surprising communing of cacophonous and catchy sounds. The result is a bluesy, chaotic protest cabaret delivered with Betty Carter-esque phrasing.
Though Emma’s creative focus is musical, she is also a published poet, a teaching artist in NYC’s public, charter and private schools and works in Women’s Health.