Emilie & Ogden
With a feathery, jazzy voice that blends well with her chosen instrument, the harp, Emilie Kahn crafts highly melodic indie folk as Emilie & Ogden, with a gentle yet agile, offbeat style inspired by the likes of Feist and St. Vincent. The Montreal-based "duo" is named after Kahn and her harp, Ogden, who are typically accompanied by a band.
A multi-instrumentalist, Kahn began studying music as a child, first on a hand-me-down flute, an instrument she continued until college, and eventually singing in local bands and taking up the harp. Her prior band, TEA (aka the Thanya, Emilie & Ali Band, with violinist/piano player Thanya Iyer and upright bassist Ali Levy), released a self-titled album in 2012. After self-releasing an eponymous EP as Emilie & Ogden in 2013, Kahn continued to perform live around Eastern Canada and New York, which included a slot at the 2015 Montreal Jazz Festival. She signed with Secret City Records, and her full-length debut, 10 000, was released in the fall of 2015. She followed it a year later with an EP of stripped-down versions of selections from the album called 10 000 Solo. ~ Marcy Donelson