Emilý Æyer

Houston, TX

Æyer is a vocalist, composer, and organizer who lives and creates in Houston, Texas. In their vocal practice, they mesh a powerful and harrowing multi-octave voice with stark electronic soundscapes made of vocal loops and found sounds, they create a portrait of their queer life and body striving to survive and thrive within an often-hostile Southern cultural landscape. Their original compositions and performances have been featured in several short films with collaborators Traci Lavois Thiebaud of Houston, TX and Maria Bang Espersen of Copenhagen, Denmark. Their film with Maria Bang Espersen, "A messy story about oak and," has been screened at Glassell CORE shorts at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, QFest Houston 2019, and the Danish National Autumn Exhibition: Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling (KE19) at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning in Copenhagen, and was selected to screen at the 58th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival. 

Performances include Sitting on a Man’s Head in collaboration with MacArthur Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili, Stonewall 50 Texas Noise & Ambience (2019) and Cell Lust | a body (2018) at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Queering the Wheel at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Eternal 30, Everyone at Blaffer Museum, and many others.

Organizational work includes Mystic Stylez — a platform merging performance, fashion, and music in raves and club nights showcasing the artistic vibrancy of the underground scene in Houston.  Æyer has been w0rking in collaboration with Nathan Kennard of Mystic Stylez since 2018. WEEDS, in collaboration with Maria Bang Espersen for 3 consecutive days in May of 2019 -- they created a functional public workspace at 4108 Caroline St., funded in part by the Houston Arts Alliance and City of Houston in response to the gentrifying "Innovation District" funded by Rice University in 3rd Ward. Bayou City Be All with Diverseworks -- a night of queer performance, music, and fashion celebrating queer voices all over Houston. Creatives for Asylum Seekers & Migrants, a silent art auction and poetry performances benefiting Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative.  Æyer joined Common Field in 2019 as a Houston Partner, and was contracted as the Convening Events Manager for the 2020 Online Convening.  They then joined the University of Texas Liberal Arts college, and Mellon Foundation fellow, Christine Capetola in hosting a series of online music events featuring all QTPOC musicians from Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas to discuss issues of race and racism in practice in the South during the Black Lives Matter movement in the summer of 2020. 

Æyer is currently contracted with Houston Arts Alliance performing a cultural audit, and community building with grantees and artists in Houston.