Emily Pinkerton, singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist from Pittsburgh, will present a guest recital at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall at Luther College. Pinkerton will perform with Luther ACM-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnomusicology Michael O'Brien and other guests.
The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission and is sponsored by the Lecture and Fine Arts committee.
The program includes music inspired by American and Chilean folk traditions with traditional South American songs, and her own compositions of North and South American sounds on both banjo and guitar. Pinkerton's songwriting heavily reflects her inspirations of Chilean songwriters from the 60s and 70s.
Pinkerton was born in the heart of the Midwest and has crafted her style to portray roots that range from Appalachia to the Andes.
Her latest project titled, "Ends of the Earth," is a collection of her powerful folk songs that are tributes to her teachers and musicians who have shaped her style. These pieces portray reflections of her travels between her hometown in Indiana and her second home in Chile.
Through her travels, Pinkerton learned fiddle traditions and studied with folk musicians.
She studied ethnomusicology for four years at the University of Texas at Austin where she was a part of the award-winning band, Divahn.
Pinkerton has generated a still-growing audience for her music. She won the City Paper readers' poll as one of the top acoustic acts in Pittsburgh, where she currently resides. She has toured both North and South America, sharing the stage with artists such as Stacy Phillips, Glen Velez, the Chieftains and Alejandro Escovedo.