Emer Mayock is a traditional musician and composer from Co. Mayo. She began to play traditional music during her childhood on a range of instruments including the Flute, Whistles, Fiddle and Uilleann Pipes. She has recorded two CDs: 'Merry Bits of Timber' and 'Playground', the latter continuing her interest in writing new music and containing mostly her own compositions. Emer's love of the Flute in particular has lead her to bring it to centre stage on her recordings and at live concerts.
She has worked with numerous Irish traditional musicians, orchestras, choirs and artists from other musical genres and traditions including Donal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, Cormac Breathnach, French music producer Hughes de Courson, Breton harpist Alan Stivell, The National Chamber Choir, Italian baroque ensemble il Giardino Armonico, Greek singer Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Breton flautist Jean-Michel Veillon and the Grammy nominated Afro Celts.
Emer has travelled widely both with her own music and as a collaborative musician including concerts in China where she performed a new work by Chinese composer Jia Daqun and in Ireland collaborating with British musician Nitin Sawhney and the Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan. She has also collaborated with renowned Bulgarian Kaval player Theodossii Spassov.
Emer has written and recorded arrangements for traditional and jazz musicians as part of the 'Translations' programme on RTE Radio One and presented a nine-week series on Radio One entitled 'The Wider Embrace', a non genre-specific programme exploring music from a range of diverse sources. Emer also composed the music for 'Winter Pictures', a play for children, it has toured Wales and completed a run at The Ark in Dublin and Glór Irish Music Centre, Ennis.
In 2009 Emer performed as part of Dublin Electronic Arts Festival in Donal Siggins' Pastures New involving live computer improvisation and traditional music.
A more recent collaboration is with jazz musicians Francesco Turrisi (Piano, Accordion, Percussion), Nick Roth (Saxophone), Cellist Kate Ellis and Percussionist Robbie Harris. The band known as Tarab has emerged where the repertoire includes many of Emer's compositions as well as traditional music from Ireland, Turkey, North Africa, Bulgaria and the Middle East. Tarab launched their debut recording in April 2011. Also in 2011 Emer composed and performed music for Rough Magic's production of Peer Gynt with the ensemble Tarab. The play ran as part of Dublin Theatre Festival.
Emer is currently working with Uilleann Piper Mick O'Brien and Fiddle player Aoife Ní Bhriain exploring and recording music from the Goodman Manuscripts collected in Munster in the 1860s. 'Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts' was released in early 2013.