San & Emily Slomovits
lovers. San, who's also an Observer contributor, has recently been sharing the stage with his daughter, Emily, in a varied program of acoustic music showcasing their harmonious collaboration. These performances precede the release of the duo's debut album, Innocent When You Dream.
Emily, nineteen and a recent Rudolf Steiner High School graduate, began playing violin at age seven. By eight, still young enough to blend into the effervescent crowd that attends a Gemini concert, she was joining her father and uncle onstage, melodiously adorning their performance. Over the years she became adept at classical violin, while learning folk and jazz fiddle and guitar and polishing her vocals. Like San and Laz, Emily has the Slomovits gift for filling a space with beautiful music brimming with cheer and warmth. At a recent show, father and daughter glided between popular songs, anecdotes, and jokes, displaying ease and grace towards each other, their music, and their listeners. Theirs is an inclusive music making that diminishes the boundary between performers and audience, like having friends sitting down to sing and play guitar in your living room.