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Emily

Emily was raised in a small town about 50 miles south of Chicago. She was very involved in music in school, and took piano lessons and oboe lessons throughout her childhood. Emily was always a singer and started writing music at 16, with the coaxing of her older sister after her first heart-break. She didn’t write another song until she heard a piece written by her high-school friend, igniting the flame of competition…

Neil

Neil never intended to be a musician. He was supposed to draw comic books. Although he flirted with guitar since childhood, it wasn’t until Neil’s final days studying Fine Art at Northern Illinois University that he was asked to join his first band. He believes his inclusion was the direct result of every other real guitar player in town being taken and that he owned a single distortion pedal…

Trever

Growing up listening to Faith No More, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Tool, Trever started playing drums early in his adolescence. His style has landed him many gigs as a drummer for various rock bands over the years and he has even had the pleasure of touring the country multiple times from New York City to Los Angeles…

Hobbes

A half-hearted piano student and casual guitar player through high school, Hobbes didn’t develop an appreciation for the craft of music writing and performance until he got to college, where he spent a lot of time marveling over transcriptions of Billy Corgan guitar solos and sheet music for Rachmaninoff piano concertos…

George

Starting life as a shy kid, George found out early that playing music was his ticket to connecting with people. His logical mind combined with restrained spiritedness drew him into the rhythm section. Restless fingers assured he would play bass guitar. He has always listened to a diverse set of players from the straight rock, prog rock, pop, and jazz fusion worlds…

Candice

Candice has been making things her whole life but has only recently become comfortable calling herself an artist, since making things and teaching people how to make things has, over time, become the only way she earns a living. Her relationship to music is very similar to her relationship to art in general…

The Story Thus Far

Emily Anderson, a singer/songwriter with a diverse background in oboe, bassoon, saxophone, piano/keyboard, and accordion, moved to Chicago looking for adventure.  How lucky was she, after placing a Craigslist ad searching for a group of musicians to support her endeavors, to receive an inquiry from guitarist/keyboardist Hobbes Pirakitti and guitarist Neil Klemz.  Hobbes and Neil – friends, songwriters and collaborators since high school – happened to be looking for a female singer to front their new rock project.

Emily had never been a rock singer before, being more inclined to sing lyrical folk style melodies. She was, however, up for anything in this new Chicago experience.  So despite an initial conflict of interest, they threw their work together to see what would happen.  After adding drummer Trever Hawley and bassist George Tsiones through another series of Craigslist ads, they began seeing the potential of their collaboration.

Adjustment and creativity have been integral elements to Dramaglider’s success.  While getting used to the new setup, Emily has found her voice in the context of a full band, Trever’s experimented with a softer, more jazz-influenced style of playing, George has found ways to incorporate his funk stylings into the mix, and Neil, Emily and Hobbes have explored methods of rearranging music that would test the boundaries of all their musical comfort zones.  And to their surprise and pleasure, George and Trever also had songs up their sleeves.

Shortly after, Emily introduced the band to vocalist Candice Latimer, a Chicago artist and friend of Emily’s since middle school, who’d sung together back in high-school chorus and school musicals.  Her addition has solidified a band born out of long time friendships and the success of online classifieds.

Dramaglider continues to write, collaborate, and perform throughout the Chicagoland area, relishing the rare gift of having such a friendly bunch of musical artists who enjoy the challenges of creating music that they love, and sharing that music with others.