Thistledown Productions has two main focuses in the music world: producing avant-garde electronic music, and publishing contemporary classical compositions.


Thistledown was created in 2017 by Emily Cardwell. A composer, singer, poet, and art-maker, Emily's passions are creating chamber works, installation pieces, and electronic music. She loves collaborating with other improvisers, visual artists, and choreographers. Her works are inspired by nature, politics, and the human condition, and express both traditional and experimental styles of music. She is a founding member, composer, singer, and flutist of the NYC-based Trilogy Ensemble, which created live and processed sound for dance and film. Her classical, folk, jazz, and improvisational vocal training have led her to perform with Mills College Graduate Improvisation & Contemporary Performance Ensembles, Sarah Lawrence Dance and Music Improv Ensemble, Texas State Mysterium for New Music, Canto Choir, and Strayaway Celtic Trio. She has been the assistant conductor of Sarah Lawrence Experimental Orchestra and Mills College ensembles.  She obtained a BA in experimental music composition from Sarah Lawrence College in 2016, and a MFA in electronic music at Mills College in Oakland, California in December of 2019.


Emily currently teaches voice, digital and classical composition, and electronic music performance in her home studio in Oakland, California.

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