Local Music Monday: Emily Hagihara

Sep 22, 2014

For this week’s installment of Local Music Monday DeBraun Thomas features a musician with a long career ahead of her.

Emily Hagihara
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Emily Hagihara is a multi-instrumentalist Lexington native. Hagihara began playing piano at age 10 and began playing percussion in middle school. Hagihara says music was always around her growing up and as she matured her attachment to music matured as well.

“I think I was also just really into sound in general so, what started out as just hearing records became producing sound on an instrument and I was really, really drawn to that and then later down the line was really into creating, so I just loved playing around for hours on the piano.”

In addition to playing piano and percussion, Hagihara also plays bass and guitar. These talents have led her to be in multiple bands including Chico Felini and Ancient Warfare. Hagihara is also a session musician and has collaborated musicians such as Rock and Roots artist Jim James. When it comes to her own songwriting Hagihara says it is where she brings all her talents together.

“I’ll try and finish a music idea on the instrument first before I really get into vocals cause I like for the, obviously the marriage of that to be really fluid but I like the idea of constructing the song in parts and really focusing on those parts individually.

Emily Hagihara performs with Chico Fellini and Ancient Warfare in addition performing her own material. Ancient Warfare’s album The Pale Horse will be released later in 2014. More information about Emily Hagihara and  Ancient Warfare can be found here.