Emily-Rose Sarkova is one of Australia’s most vivacious musical chameleons. Her songs and soundscapes are a kaleidoscope dream of contemporary folk, where songwriting meets world jazz and electro-acoustic experiments.
Most recently a finalist in the prestigious Art Music Awards Best Jazz Work for her album ‘Upon These Open Skins’ with ‘Emily-Rose & The Wild Things’, Emily-Rose’s music is always highly crafted and boundary pushing. She graduated from Sydney Conservatorium in classical piano (2010) having studied in Germany on a Baden-Wurtenburg scholarship, and in France with renowned professor John Paul Sevilla. In expanding her instrumental palette to include accordion, bandoneon, synthesisers and voice, her co-creation and management of several musical groups have included: Tango group ‘Tángalo’, who received a 2014 Australia Council for the Arts JUMP mentorship, allowing Emily-Rose to study in Argentina, and tour with Latin Grammy nominated “Duo Ramirez-Satorre”, and world-music project ‘Chaika’, whose third studio album ‘Arrow’ was nominated for the 2019 ARIA Best World Music Album.
She performed in Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and CIRCA’s Helpmann Award winning ‘French Baroque’; toured Poland with the Klezmer Divas (resulting in the award-winning documentary ‘Pockets of Hope’); produced, funded and performed in The Australian Tango Festival 2017 – the largest tango festival to date in Australia; and toured with UK’s acclaimed singer-songwriter ‘The Magic Lantern’.
Her latest escapades find her collaborating with award winning Canadian producer and multi-instrumentalist Jaron Freeman-Fox in their project ‘Shark & Fox’, developing a string project with her quintet ‘Emily-Rose and The Wild Things’, releasing an album with singer-songwriter duo ‘Little Clouds,’ and releasing ambient improvisations under ‘Slow Streams’. She is also working on duo ‘Szináta’ with award winning wind instrument virtuoso Trevor Brown; a duo album with leading Australian double-bassist Holly Downes; a new group with Turkish-Kurdish kaval player Metin Yilmaz; and an album tour with chamber-folk group ‘The Good Behaviours’.
During the 2020-22 pandemic, Emily-Rose built a professional recording studio at home, established a co-run independent record label ‘Peppermint Grove Records’ and began co-producing albums.
Check out her main projects here…
Emily-Rose and the Wild Things
Shark & Fox | Emily-Rose Sarkova & Jaron Freeman-Fox
The Good Behaviours
Blue & Sentimental