Concierto: Tthe not knowing + Christy & Emily
Christy learned to play guitar from a Metallica Ride The Lightning tablature book, and started playing in bands during her stay at the Rhode Island School of Design. She got exposed to a lot of good and noisy bands going to shows at the now extinct Fort Thunder. Upon moving to New York she started a band called the Lil’ Fighters, who self released two works: the vinyl only Boys & Girls and the CD Freedom School. The band’s original keyboardist, Walter Martin,eventually left to tour with his other project, The Walkmen. He was replaced by Emily Manzo, and this was the beginning of the current C&E.
Christy also plays guitar and sings in a punk band called the Totallys that gigs regularly in NYC. She mentors in an after school program called the Vibe Songmakers, helping students to write their own songs. In addition she was the drummer for a psych rock band called the Sumerians, and much of the drumming on the Lil’ Fighters recordings is she. Her animated video for the C&E song “105& Rising” was premiered on the TheFader.com, and her drawings have been shown and sold at the Scope Art Fair in New York.
Emily is a classically trained pianist who has studied at the New England
Conservatory, the Oberlin Conservatory and Columbia University. In
September 2009 her recording of the entire works of Anton Webern for
soprano and piano with Jody Pou was released on the Shsk’h label to
international acclaim. Her collaboration with filmmaker Paul Rowley has
blossomed into a feature-length film entitled The Rooms, which will have its premiere in 2010.
The New York Times has called Emily’s playing “superb” and Time Out New York has commented on her role as a “protean force with the ability to move two scenes at once.” She has contributed to the recordings and live performances of Brooklyn rock bands Oneida (Jagjaguar) and Oakley Hall (Merge) and has premiered the music of Elliott Sharp, Susie Ibarra, Matt Welch and many others. She is a founding member of Till by Turning, a chamber ensemble dedicated to creating educational resources for new music and is also a mentor for the Vibe Songmakers after-school program.