Emma (Prophets Guild) Steen    Trainer
New York , NY
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  • Indie-folk originals and timeless traditional tunes.
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    Folk Alternative Celtic Indie Singer Songwriter
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    cafe bars restaurant corporate events Music Venues Concert Halls
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Biography

The Prophets Guild is the experimental folk outlet of singer-songwriter/instrumentalist Emma Steen. The project blends Steen’s love of folk revivalist material, protest songs, and madrigals with the numerous talents of her collaborators, namely bassist Greg Hunter. The Prophets Guild is also an ongoing experiment in ethnomusicology, as much of their music has its roots in Celtic and Appalachian folk. Between indie-flavoured originals, harmonium pieces, and rousing, half-improvised renditions of traditional songs, The Prophets Guild’s sound is timeless and forward-looking all at once. 

A NYC native, Steen was exposed at an early age to opera, jazz, hip hop, and musical theatre, but it wasn’t until high school that she gained any serious interest in writing music. While in college, she joined several bands, among them The Mops, Pandafan, Prosody, The Quaaludes, Green Tongue Twist, Heart’s Story, One Man Vibe Machine, and zack, and began doing session work as a bassist for solo artists such as Mia Stegner, Sarah Gross, Rachel Chevat, and Elise Noelle. Altogether, Steen’s work appears on over 40 albums, EPs, and singles. 

Steen has also contributed music to several films, including Alexzander Karlin’s movie-musical Rites of Passage, Dennis Chekanian’s Bionic Jack, and Helton Falavinha’s upcoming feature length debut, Ordinary People.

This past year, Steen brought The Prophets Guild to Make Music Day's 40th anniversary festival, PorchStomp, New Rochelle Jazz Fest, the Sleepy Hollow Cemetary, and to cafes and bars around NYC.

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