Flutist and singer Emily Duncan is an electrifying, theatrical performer redefining what it means to be an artist in today’s musical landscape. Through innovative costuming, elements of drag performance, and music that blends the classical, pop, and electronic genres, Emily is creating new musical experiences that live at the intersection of music, technology, theater, and art.
As a contemporary classical musician, Emily has performed with The University of Iowa’s Center for New Music, The New Juilliard Ensemble, AXIOM, and the New York Summergarden Series and has worked with David Lang, Joel Sachs, Thomas Adés, and Kaija Saariaho. From 2013-2016, she toured across the United States, premiering new solo and ensemble works with the Center for New Music. In New York, she has performed in a wide array of venues such as The New York Transit Museum, MoMA, The New York Times Building, The Colony Club, and Alice Tully Hall. She was most recently heard performing alongside members of Tangent Winds at the American Friends of Blérancort Gala honoring actress Rita Wilson.
As a theater artist, Emily made her off-Broadway debut last March as the Train Conductor and beatbox flutist in Patrick Dunning’s The Signature Project. She also appeared as a corseted “Caveling” musician in the folk opera The Cave, collaborating with guitarists, bassists, fiddles, and more in an improvised score. Their band-wide improvisations created a new experience with each performance.
As a pop/beatbox flutist and electronic musician, Emily is currently working on her debut album and is a frequent collaborator with other New York artists. She has performed at North of History with Mario Spinetti and Sunnyvale with Matthew Forker’s jazz ensemble. She can also be heard on the band Spiraling’s new EP “Friends Forever.” This past fall, Emily returned to Juilliard to present during Beyond the Machine, a festival that highlights musicians and composers that use electronics in their performances.
Upcoming projects for Emily include SCUM (a burlesque experience on the lives of Valerie Solanas and Carolyn Sapp), Lil Red Riding Hood, and 70s Prom Night (a rock flute and drag show).
Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in music and a bachelor’s degree in English from The University of Iowa where she also completed her studies in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program. She holds a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School. She is currently based in NYC.