SoCal Tour: House Concert in Rowland Heights

August 23rd, 2015

On Thursday of this week,  my music partner and collaborator Ryan Avery and I shoved off on our tour to Southern California.    This is a big deal for me because, while Weed & Wildflowers is my second solo album, this is my first official music tour.   I have to admit that, as excited as I am to be on the road, it’s a bit terrifying.

The decision to go on tour was made relatively recently so we had no time to waste with planning.   We spent the better part of the last few months cramming our calendar with as many gigs as we could and gratefully accepting the support and assistance of our friends and family whenever offered.

Ryan is a human encyclopedia when it comes to budgeting, planning and marketing for these kinds of things.  Being the main brain behind the Violin Electronic act Chance’s End, he has been doing this music thing far longer than I have.  In fact,  he’s sharing his knowledge in case any of you fine folks are considering a tour of your own.

Needless to say, I was put to work immediately with venue soliciting, contacting radio stations and local publications to see if they would add us to their event listing pages.   This kind of work is time consuming and generally met with a bunch of radio silence.  It would be entirely discouraging if we didn’t receive any feedback at all.  However,  it did make those instances that we received a genial ” Sure!  What are the deets?” all the more rewarding.

Our first stop on this trip was what Ryan calls a “Keystone Gig.”  This event is generally the reason for the tour as it tends to provide the heaviest turnout.  The rest of the tour is typically built around it along the way.

Our keystone gig on this trip was a house concert at the home of my aunt and uncle.  They are some of my (and the entire family’s) biggest supporters and are geniuses at creating a genuine buzz of excitement and joy wherever they go.  Needless to say, they put on a stellar party.

Because Ryan and I are still expanding our reach as an acoustic duo, opportunities like these are golden.   There were roughly 60 people in attendance, almost none of whom had ever seen us perform a live show.

I would say that, given the number of years Ryan and I have performed together and that house concerts are kind of our jam, we brought a very fine performance to our crowd.  We sold a number of CDs and collected a lovely set of contacts for our mailing list.  There was even talk of making this an annual event.  I would consider that a roaring success for our punchy little band.

I want to say that I am extraordinarily lucky.  I have a motivated and talented partner who believes in the music we make.  I have an exceptionally supportive family who goes out of their way to showcase us and provide a hub for our travels.  Without these people in my life, this journey would have a much bumpier road under it.

It is situations like these wherein I am reminded of how absolutely blessed I am.
Next stop on tour is house concert number 2!  Wish us luck!

2015 SoCal tour Aug 22-30!

August 8th, 2015

Guess what? I’m going on tour!

From August 22-30, we’ll be headed to Los Angeles with several stops along the way. I’ll be dragging my violinist Ryan Avery along with me, so come say hi to us. We’re looking forward to performing for all of you!

No shows listed at the moment.

Emily Zisman and The Day Is Done at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton

August 1st, 2015

Hey Folks!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted much on the site, but there is  a good reason!    Ryan and I have been busying ourselves with planning and rehearsing for our first Southern California tour about which I will share more very soon.

But FIRST! We’ve got a SUPER exciting gig just around the corner for which we’ve been making ourselves all bright and shiny.    This will be a chance to see the whole band in action!  If you’ve been meaning to make it out to one of my shows, this would be the show for you! 2015-08-08-Firehouse The Firehouse is an amazingly cozy venue with stellar sound nestled within a loving, supportive community.   We will be the featured act for the evening.  But be sure to come early for a good seat and to catch the opening acts, Maddy Hudson and Shanth Gopalswamy.

Maddy Hudson was a past contestant on American Idol and managed to make Jennifer Lopez cry with he voice (my kind of singer!)  check out the clip here.

No shows listed at the moment.

Mark your calendars and we hope to see you next week!


Interview with Marketplace Senior Tech Correspondent Molly Wood

June 10th, 2015

Hey folks! I was fortunate enough to catch Molly Wood in a rare moment of respite. We shared a glass of wine (I always wondered about that phrase…we each had our own glass, so did we truely share a glass? Meh…) and I picked her brain about her adventures in the world of tech journalism. Come on along!


June Gigs!

May 27th, 2015
  • Saturday, June 6th

Americano Social Club

Club Deluxe

1511 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

9:30pm- 1am

$5 Door



  • June 9th

Savvy Rest Natural Bedroom  Featuring Marty Atkinson!

6:30 – 9:30

Savvy Rest Natural Bedroom

3001 Telegraph Ave., unit C

Berkeley CA 94705

All Ages


  • Saturday, June 13th


Americano Social Club

8:30pm- 11pm

Dinner Show!


  • Sunday, June 14th

San Jose Farmer’s Market

All Day Special with Marty Atkinson

6910 Almaden Expressway, San Jose CA

10am- 3pm



  • Saturday, June 20th

EZ Band, Blood & Dust, Jennifer Hasegawa and Anna Forward

Octopus Literary Salon

7:30pm – 10:30pm

$5-$10 Sliding Scale at the Door


  • Sunday, June 21st

San Jose Farmer’s Market

All Day Special with Marty Atkinson

6910 Almaden Expressway, San Jose CA

10am- 3pm


  • Saturday 27th

Private Event with the Americano Social Club




Our Relationship To Time (a work in progress)

May 19th, 2015

Our relationship to time

Is an

emotional one

We long for the past

We fear the future

We are frustrated

with the present

Time moves around us at the frequency with which we emote to it

In our pain, it lingers

As if attempting to provide comfort.

In our glee, it flees as if it is a child accepting our challenge to outpace it.

In our impatience with it, it becomes


A petulant teenager, calling us out on our hypocrisy.

And we still cannot measure it


we rarely choose to recognize our emotions as

physical actors in our story lines.

We do not fully relate to ourselves.

And so

We cannot accurately measure the movement



April Gigs and other News!

April 1st, 2015

Howdy folks!  LOTS of great news to share this edition. I just spent a gloriously creative and energizing evening in the studio with Ryan Avery who is cooking up some groovy new num nums for your earholes.  So stay tuned!

In the news!

FIRST! My latest album Weeds & Wildflowers is now available for streaming liking and creating stations about on PANDORA!

Create a station in my name or in the name of one of my albums or songs and I will love you forever!
Aw, heck. I’ll love you anyway. But it would make me SUPER happy.  Click here in case you haven’t already!

SECOND!  My contribution to the Silicon Valley Tales blog is now up for perusal.  I’ve captured my personal thoughts about the creative process and shared them with the interworld.   Have a look, here!


Saturday, April 4th

Americano Social Club

Club Deluxe

1511 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117



CHP Evening with the Stars Performance

My Mentee, Billy Banks will be making his SF Jazz Debut!

Come out and help me support him and the members of this excellent community organization.

Wednesday April 22

Tickets and info:

5:45 PM – VIP Party Commences
6:45 PM – General Admission Doors Open
7:15 PM – Show Commences

SF Jazz

Thursday April 23rd

Rich and the Rhythm Roustabouts


1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley CA 94702



Friday, April 24th

Grand Avenue Soul

with The New Thoreaus and Glorious Irrelevant

The Legionnaire Saloon

2272 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612



As always, I miss you and can’t wait to see you again.  THANK YOU for supporting local music!

Much Luv,


Work in Progress: The Phoenix and the Albatross

February 27th, 2015

You, the Gestalt:


The Phoenix and the Albatross


You are a rusted relic of splendor and ruin.

A tarnished tine jutting from the roiled roots of your

Imperial past.

A Sepulchral Sun.


Rising and falling in Your perennial production.


To me

You shine

LED-like within Your bleak and pulsing nights that seem to stretch unparalleled into the continuum.

and I cannot flake myself from Your

tinder skin.


A clever thief, You are.

Humored and intrigued by my adolescent albatross

attempting flight and failing

and failing

and gloriously failing.

Clamoring over myself to





Painstakingly practicing the parts

of one simple act.


And You;

Effortlessly executing every element

fractured and flawless.

Each feather glowing.

Each wing a fortress.


Each death

a diamond.





This won’t last.

You’ll steal me just as You’d planned.


You’ll take all the parts You want

and leave the scaffolding scorched and barren.

You are a cruel game I play with myself.

It’s the only time I can predict who will win.

I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again.


I just want

so badly

to be gracious in my ruin

and humble in my splendor.

Seamless as the sunrise.


I will never stop.

I will come back.

Even after it destroys me.


March Gigs!

February 25th, 2015

Hey Folks!  2015 promises to be a year of musical growth and exciting new ventures.

I’ll wax all dreamy about it in an upcoming post.  For now, come out to any of the following gigs and I’ll be happy to splain it to you.

Much love and see you soon!


  • Sat February 28

Chance’s End

DanzHaus / The Gingerbread House

1275 Connecticut St, San Francisco, California 94107

FB invite


Tickets $13-$20


  • Friday, Mar 6th

GVO at NPE CLIF Bar Party

Grand Plaza Main Stage at the Anaheim Convention Center

6:00pm-6:30pm CLIF Bar Band: GVO

6:30pm-8:00pm Nahko & Medicine for the People


  • Sat, Mar 7th

Americano Social Club

Family Rucks!

Club Deluxe:

1511 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117


$5 at the door



  • Fri, Mar 13th

Americano Social Club

Café Stritch

374 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113



  • Sat, Mar 21st

Chance’s End

Mission Fusion

St. Gregory’s Church

500 De Haro Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Lesson/ Dance lab from 8:30-9:30 Dancing from 9:30 to 1:00 am


  • Fri, Mar 27th

Americano Social Club



2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda, CA

No Cover but I HIGHLY recommend the Potato Pancakes


  • Sat, Mar 28

Emily Zisman plays a private party.





Gigging and Radio and Recording OH MY!

January 22nd, 2015

Music Num Nums!

~Next Wednesday, I will be assisting Michelle Richter in a Blues Dance elective at Cat’s Corner in the Mission District for the final week of the blues elective series!

If you’ve ever been interested in learning how to dance to the Blues, here is an excellent way to start! Also, swing dance classes happening that same evening if you want to round out your repertoire.  Classes start at 7pm after which there will be much dancing to live music until midnight.

More information click HERE

~Sunday, January 25th Ryan and I return to KUSF in Exile 10am-11am for a live performance on the radio waves. We had such a great time hanging with DJ Webbles that we decided to do it again. He’s invited us back for another session! Tune in on Sunday to mellow through the morning and work off the remnants of Saturday night’s debauchery.   Tune in here: and consider donating to this wonderful community radio program.

~Saturday, January 31st Emily Zisman Band at Awaken Café!

Didja hear THAT?!  We will be a full band for the 2nd time EVER!  I’m stoked to be joined by some of the most talented people in the Bay Area and can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on.

1429 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

Doors at 7pm

Show at 8 pm



~Friday, Feb 6th

Americano Social Club



No cover AND there is BEER and Bratwurst!


~Saturday, Feb 7th

Americano Social Club

Club Deluxe


~Feb 9-10

In the Studio! (Wheeeeeeeeee!)

Exciting new musics for your earholes coming soon.


~Wednesday, Feb 18th


I’m SUPER excited to be partnering with the Community Housing Partnership to bring a talented guitar player to the stage at SF Jazz for a Night with the Stars!

“Each performer has experienced homelessness and been selected through an audition process. These talented individuals are paired with local artists who mentor them during months of preparation leading up to April’s performance at the SFJAZZ Center.” -CHP

“The Community Housing Partnership is the only San Francisco nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to providing supportive housing to formerly homeless individuals and families. Community Housing Partnership pairs affordable housing with support services, employment preparation, job training, a transitional employment social enterprise, and community organizing activities.” -CHP

Check out a Night With the Stars and I’ll be bringing you more information as we get closer to the Performance Date.

On the 18th, I’ll be demonstrating my skills for the community to start building momentum towards the main event on April 22nd.
The Hall

1028 Market Street btween 6th and Jones


Come out to support the CHP and I’ll send more information about the main event as it draws near.


I sign off by including a treat for you: My Friend Randy recorded this on the sly at Last Thursday’s Blush gathering with the Americano Social Club.  To Quote Randy: “notice how noisy the bar is at the beginning of the song. By the end, she totally pwned the place – you could have heard a pin drop.”  Please enjoy with my love! (Thanks Randy! <3)