Stephen Emmer is a deliberate genre-defying composer/ artist from Amsterdam, Holland, who believes that limiting yourself to one musical genre is an undesirable restraint on artistic self-development and should not be the main representation or objective in search of a personal musical identity.
Stephen's inspiration for Maison Melody originates in the music of silence by Federico Mompou.
SE: "It is with pride and joy that I here like to offer to you my new album called Maison Melody, an instrumental music-project performed on piano and strings and indie-released on a non-profit basis."
Maison Melody heet het album, als een eerbetoon aan zijn huis, of preciezer zijn werkkamer, waar hij schrijft en componeert. Dit geheel in vrijwillige afzondering, aldus Emmer (62), zoon van de in december overleden oud-Journaal-presentator Fred Emmer.
He wrote music for both the NOS Journaal and RTL Nieuws, composed RTL Boulevard's leader tune and was responsible for the opening tune of EditieNL. Now composer Stephen Emmer is rewarded for his work with the Buma Oeuvre Award Multimedia. He'll receive the prize on Monday 9 March 2020.
Dutch composer, arranger and artist Stephen Emmer has been busy collaborating with Canadian artist Wilroy, remixing tracks from his award-winning album Home Ground, originally released in 2017 and featuring the likes of Chaka Khan, Patti Austin and Leon Ware.
“The presence of an album is shorter nowadays than ever before,” he says, “so to extend its lifecycle you can update it with modifications as part of an extended artistic development. I think Kanye started that idea and today you see lots of people doing it, from Radiohead to Drake.”
The Wilroy remix EP came about after Emmer was listening in to Mary Anne Hobbs radio show on 6 music, where she played an abstract soul track by a talented Canadian born artist called Wilroy. The experimental music made such a wonderful and everlasting impression on Stephen, that he decided to reach out and ask Wilroy if he would be interested in re-working six tracks from his Home Ground album.
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This easter-weekend Dutch renowned music-composer/artist Stephen Emmer received both the voxpop as the professionally judged award in the category Best Spoken Word Song for his song called Soil featuring Ursula Rucker (The Roots, King Britt a.o.) at the 16th annual anniversary of the Independent Music Awards (the IMA's) at an event being held in the Lincoln Center in New York City.
Stephen Emmer among this year's most exceptional music projects nominated twice In the 16th annual Independent Music Awards. Emmer is nominated for ‘Home Ground’ in the R&B/Soul Album category and for ’Soil’ featuring Ursula Rucker in the Spoken Word Song category.
Each year Global Music Awards honors a composer/artist/musician with its annual Humanitarian Award for music dedicated to social justice, humanitarian causes or environmental issues. The 2018 award goes to Stephen Emmer for his contribution to peace and justice for displaced people from around the world. Stephen would herewith like to dedicate the award to War Child, for their relentless dedication in trying to make this world a better place by helping ‘our’ children – the best cornerstone imaginable for a future world at peace.
The original is a dreamy, lush and soulful affair. Chaka’s distinctive voice is draped in funky bass guitar, horns, strings and rhythm guitar, evoking Chaka’s ’70s heyday while giving over to a modern sheen. The remixes rightfully capitalize on this and send the song spinning in different directions.
Stephen Emmer is your music-host in the sky on all international flights of KLM during the last quarter of 2017. In an onboard entertainment special feature called KLM Spotlight he will tell about his life and career and a carefully chosen selection of his entire musical repertoire will be, literally, aired to travellers worldwide.
Noted composer and performer Stephen Emmer -- who scored a hit with SoulTracks readers earlier this year -- has won the prestigious golden Global Music Award for his latest album, Home Ground. With this he becomes the first Dutch composer who has won this international award.
On Monday 17 July at 22.00, Stephen Emmer presents his new Home Ground album through a special listening session. The event will take place at the small hall of the legendary venue Paradiso in Amsterdam, right after Chaka Khan performed Live in the main room.
If you happen to be in New York City tomorrow, June 15th, the official album release party begins at 9:00pm at the Bowery Electric with a Special Performance by Ursula Rucker, hosted by Stephen Emmer. This is a free event and part of the venue’s Mobile Mondays series.
Stephen Emmer’s latest musical offering Home Ground combines the eloquence of contemporary orchestral soul music with socially conscious lyrics. It addresses contemporary concerns within the timeless musical excellence of classic soul combined with the sonic impact of the 21st century. The Home Ground songs are vocally performed by a careful selection of musical icons from the last 5 decades.
Stephen is proud to announce an impressive line up, consisting of some of the best soul voices this world has on offer. Featured artists include Chaka Khan, Patti Austin, Leon Ware, Kendra Foster, Frank McComb, Mary Griffin, Ursula Rucker, Andy Bey and Dwight Trible.
Limited edition (20 only) of the Stephen Emmer Deluxe Collection out now.
The Stephen Emmer Deluxe Collection consists of his latest album, International Blue on CD and (sealed) Blue Vinyl as well as his previous (spoken word) album 'Recitement' on CD topped with the Time To Face The Music 4CD Box Set. The TTFTM box set spans over 3 decades (1984-2008) of music as composed for a variety of media.
Vogue Estate, as originally released on Idiot Records back in 1982, recently got re-mastered by Stephen Emmer at Zownd Studios (Leiden), resulting in a fresh and now sounding timeless masterpiece of new wave.
The idea behind the mini album was to create a soundtrack for an imaginary film, featuring Dirk Bogarde. The late Billy Mackenzie (The Associates) appears on ‘Wish on’, where the legendary Michael Dempsey (The Cure) and Martha Ladly (Martha and The Muffins) also appear.
We’ll soon announce the availability of only 10 exclusive limited edition Stephen Emmer album packages. Package consists of a signed copy of each of these 3 albums;
-Vogue Estate, featuring Martha Ladley & Billy McKenzie (mini album on vinyl),
-Recitement, featuring Lou Reed, Richard Burton, Benjamin Herman, a.o. (album on cd)
-International Blue, featuring Midge Ure, Glenn Gregory, Neil Crossley and Liam McKahey (album on blue vinyl).
Read more to find out how to win one of these 10 exlusive packages...