Emily Ritz is a musician and visual artist newly based in Los Angeles. After several years of touring in Bay Area bands Yesway and Honeycomb, Emily began her solo project in upstate NY releasing her album ‘Pattern Recess’ in 2018. While classic elements of jazz and R&B can be heard, Ritz’s sound is enticingly off-kilter due to her subtly unusual melodic choices and inventive use of electronic manipulation. She uses her voice to weave complex harmonies and avant-garde patterns while delivering poignant and romantic lyrics. Emily released her sophomore album ‘In Love Alone’ in 2021. The record explores the fundamental duality of existence, playing loneliness against catharsis, longing against healing, and solitude against love itself. Arranged and produced in Northern CA by Luke Temple, this is a record of roomy and expansive neo-soul with a psychedelic pop twist. She has since released two self-produced singles and is working on her next album.
Leon’s music programming is sponsored in part through a generous donation from Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and The National Endowment for the Artis.