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EmRiver Music

"Without music life would be a mistake."  Nietsche

Music has been how EmRiver processes and makes sense of the challenges and heartaches that come with being alive. She is able to connect to deep places and find courage and hope through the powerfully healing vibrations of music and loves to share that with others.


About EmRiver

Music to inspire deep connection

EmRiver brings earthy, tribal folk music and songs to inspire deep connection with all that lies beneath the surface. There is a wildness, an untamed energy, that is exhilarating to tap into. Music from the heart facilitates that dropping down into the deepest of places, helping us connect to the very fibre of existence.  


Music is powerful to lift, heal, cheer, inspire, bring people together, and provide a creative outlet. EmRiver is grateful to have music flowing through her veins. Her music touches the heart and facilitates a feeling of connection and hope in her listeners.  Part of what sets her music apart is the way it comes in authenticity straight from the heart. 


EmRIver has been performing, teaching, and creating music for decades. She writes, records, and performs her own folky tribal songs on a variety of instruments including keyboard, guitar, flute, piano and ngoni. She has also been teaching music for decades (see Emily's Music Studio) and leads vocal ensembles (see The Magic of Singing). She plays music for mindful movement workshops and takes listeners on deeply magical sound journeys (see Medicine Music). She has played in many different bands and ensembles over the years, and has spent time recording music and writing and performing songs either on her own or in collaboration with other musicians.


Songs and instrumentals pour out of her regularly as music is her main form of journaling and processing life.


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New Music Single Release

The mysterious sounds of Japanese koto and shakuhachi combine in this collaboration between Kelvin Falconer on shakuhachi and EmRiver on all other instruments.

There is so much range, breadth, width, reach, freedom, capacity, play, and possibility to the breath. It is full of life force, the might of the wind to bring dance and sway to flame and branch, yet it can be as gentle as the merest trickle of a whisper. Adding intention to the breath makes it a powerful tool to inspire love into being.

Released February 3, 2024 
Composed by Emily Macklow.
Shakuhachi played by Kelvin Falconer, all other instruments played by EmRiver.
Produced, mixed and mastered by Emily Macklow.
Album artwork by Emily Macklow.

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Divenire by Ludovico Einaudi Solo Piano
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Love Inspired Offical Music Video
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Love Inspired Offical Music Video

Wings Spread Official Music Video
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Wings Spread Official Music Video

"EmRiver has a distinct and recognisable sound, which comes from years of developing herself as an artist. Her breathy lyrics and harmonies are optimistic and dreamy. The production is creative, using the natural sounds of the outdoors to give colour and paint a picture."

Isla Norman of


Latest projects

What I'm up to and where you can find me

I have been busily creating and working on a lot of musical projects. I am currently working on an album of meditational instrumental music, soon to be released. (Stay tuned!) Through the challenges and struggles of life, the benefit of stillness and meditation has become increasingly invaluable to me. These musical works have emerged out of that place, with the intention of bringing the listener into deep tranquility.  I just released the first track Moonlit Tides as a single and the album will share the same name. I invite you to sit back and allow the sounds to take you on a journey of serenity. May you be swept away by moonlit tides into a shimmering universe of possibility. 

I released my first spoken word poem with music composed especially for it which you can listen to here:














I also created my first online course for Insight Timer called Music To Call Us Into Presence. You can access it here:




I played a set of my original music at the Hakea Gathering in Raglan, NZ from the 23rd - 26th February 2024.


I was one of the core teachers at a wonderful nine day singing camp in Devon, UK last year and will be returning again in 2024 from July 6th to August 4th 2024 .


I have accepted an offer to study for my Masters in Music at the University of Southampton for the year 2024/2025. I'm so excited about this opportunity and am busily crowdfunding to raise the tuition fees. The crowdfunding page can be accessed here:


On the web you can find me on all streaming platforms.