Clio Em (Clio Montrey) is a composer, writer, opera singer, multi-instrumentalist and gamedev who weaves imaginary worlds. Her genre-defying works blur the borders between folk, classical, electronica, and science fiction.
“The songs are very well written… intelligent and inspired… if you’re curious about what type of music a child of the 21st-century can create, follow her, step by step.”
– Maurice Du Berger, reviewing Gravity Wing for I Care if You Listen
Clio is a quintessential indie creator and often carries out every step of the musical creative process, from writing the music and text to sampling, recording, producing, and live performance. She has brought her Gravity Wing novel and soundtrack around the world, including Comiccons Montréal and Ottawa, as well as Brisbane’s 2High Festival 2016. In addition to her own compositions, Clio has sung on many of the world’s great stages as well as for film and television, most recently in the choir for Bear McCreary’s soundtrack for the new Prime Video series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
Clio has received numerous awards for her creative work, including several competitive composition grants from the Austrian Ministry of Arts and Culture, as well as the Alice and Betty Schultz Scholarship for her AIRSHIPS project from The Banff Centre. She is an alumna of McGill University, MUK (the Vienna Conservatory, and MDW (the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Clio was on the research team of Barbara Lüneburg’s project TransCoding/What if?, based at the Kunstuni Graz (KUG).
As a member of the award winning Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Clio has sung in staged operas at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna since 2018, including Beethoven’s Fidelio, directed in a filmed production by Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz. She has worked with such renowned stage directors as Amélie Niermayer, Calixto Bieito, Lotte de Beer, Andrea Breth, Torsten Fischer, Claus Guth, and Christof Loy, among others.
Clio’s portfolio can be found here: creative work
[ p a t r e o n ] Sci-fi and steampunk stories, songs, and soundscapes, exclusively for subscribers, and a platform for my online-only livestream microconcerts.
[ i t c h . i o ] My own story-games.
[ b a n d c a m p ] Digital releases of my indie music.
[ s o u n d c l o u d ] My experimental aesthetic combining operatic, classical concert, folk, and electronic impulses. I also have a second soundcloud with past works that followed a more traditionally “contemporary classical” approach.
[ i n s t a g r a m ] composing live, behind-the-scenes.
[ y o u t u b e ] livestreams of my performances.
[ t w i t t er ] usually tweets focused on music, outreach, science…
[ f b ] Focus on events and musical news.
[ t i k t o k ] art in bite-sized pieces.