She may be from down under EmZ is headed for the top!
EmZ aka Emma Zakarevicius is an international woman of mystery. Born in the lush tropical heat of Northern Australia, her youth was spent frolicking in the untamed wilderness underneath the warm glow of the sun.
A modern day renaissance woman, EmZ is an accomplished visual artist and musician. She travelled to New York in 2003 to pursue her talents in the fine arts, receiving project development grants from Carclew Youth Arts (South Australia) and The Ian Potter Foundation to study painting at the New York Studio School. Fast forward eleven years and she holds two masters degrees in Fine Art with a focus on painting and filmmaking. She currently lives and works in New York.
EmZ began her musical debut in the now forgotten crimson-lit basement of a downtown Soho Café. Singing voodoo and crooning to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Billy Holiday, EmZ found her voice and never looked back. She has been the lead singer of psychedelic rock and roll band Crazy Mary since 2007 and is no stranger to the New York stage.
In 2012 EmZ formed punk-soul cabaret group “Big Sexy Music” where he Big Sexy personality can really shine. Taking Manhattan by storm, her debut self-produced album “Postcards” (2013) has been described as “a brand of jazz sought for in all the dark caverns of NYC, an opium den for your clean livin times”. She has an unself-conscious gift for capturing stunning images, and transmuting them into a journey through song.
Accompanied by the Big Sexy Crew, a hip New York rat pack of musicians, EmZ’s hip jazz sound is both unconventional and punchy. Her influences are eclectic as her music: the cool voices of jazz, echoes of Motown soul, not to mention the raucous, rebellious shout of Rock and Roll. She is currently working on her second album, “In Your Garden”, seriously funky endeavor and it’s getting bigger and sexier by the minute.
EmZ has performed all over the big apple – from the lower east side to the blues haunts of Harlem. She has featured at the 54 Below call Back Series, The Bitter End singer songwriter sessions, The legendary Don’t Tell Mama, The Gershwin Hotel, The Highline Ballroom, The Sidewalk Café, The Parkside Lounge, and is a member of the New Amsterdam Music Association where she sings regularly to her adoring fans in Harlem.