EMIT series 2017-18

For the past twenty-one years, over 400 events involving new music, jazz, world music, interactive electronics, improvisation and interdisciplinary art forms that incorporate sound have been featured in the EMIT series.  EMIT (a registered nonprofit arts organization) brings adventurous music and educational activities to the Tampa Bay area.  EMIT is presenter of the annual St. Petersburg Jazz Festival and supporter of the18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra.

EMIT is a recipient of programming awards from from Chamber Music America, ASCAP and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  It is supported by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, City of St. Petersburg, Pinellas Community Foundation, Gobioff Foundation, private donors and audience members.  

EMIT events:
Free Workshop with Chiara Izzi & Diego Figueiredo
Thursday, March 15 at 5:30 PM
St. Petersburg College

On Thursday, March 15th, 2018, MIRA at St. Petersburg College and EMIT, Inc welcome two international touring musicians for a free music workshop open to all students and the public. Italian singer, Chiara Izzi and Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo will perform together and talk about their experiences as traveling and recording artists within many styles under the Jazz umbrella. Both Chiara and Diego recently performed at the Sarasota Jazz Festival and will be joined by SPC Professors Alejandro Arenas (bass) & Mark Feinman (drums) in this interactive workshop.

This free event will be at St. Petersburg College (Gibbs Campus) in HS-117. 5:30-6:30pm


Award winning Italian singer, songwriter Chiara Izzi has been described by Jazz Times as “a

talent to be heard, admired and anticipated” after the release of her debut album “Motifs.”

She developed a versatility thanks to a multitude of performances in Italy and abroad in Belgium,

Switzerland, France, the United States, Finland and Germany, which led to her vocal mastery of

traditional jazz alongside contemporary styles. 

Chiara’s sound is based on her own unique interpretation of a fusion of different genres, including jazz, pop and Mediterranean sounds. Chiara’s International debut took place at the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2011, where she was awarded first prize by the living musical legend Quincy Jones. She is currently living in New York and performs regularly around the city.

Diego Figueiredo is a new star of the guitar world. He is only 35, and he has release 23 CDs, 3 DVDs, and he has playing in more than 60 countries around the world. He is winner of several important competitions like Montreux Jazz Competition, VISA Prize and some others. Diego is presenting now his new concert “From the Classical to the Jazz”. It is a fusion between Jazz, Bossa Nova and Classical music. Diego has a unique interpretation, with a lot of technique, much emotion, and his show has been a great success about to the audience.

St. Petersburg Jazz Festival
Feb. 21 - 25
see www.stpetejazzfest.com



Badi Assad
Tuesday, January 2 at 7:30 PM

“Badi Assad redefines solo (guitar) performance!" - L.A. Times

Brazil’s Badi Assad is one of the most innovative, passionate and talented artists of all times. She transcends traditional styles of her native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and world/ethnic sounds from around the world. As a result, the extraordinary singer, guitarist, and percussionist is successfully forging an exhilarating genre of music that quite literally defies categorization

Enjoy a solo performance with Badi Assad in the intimate setting of Studio@620!   Admission is $20, only available at the door on January 2nd. The Studio@620 is located at 620 First Ave. South in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Whim Ensemble with Preston Beebe, Ofer Pelz & Elizabeth Baker
Thursday, January 11 at 7:30 PM

Music Center at SPC

This free concert of new music by young composers, is presented by EMIT, the New Music Conflagration & the MIRA program at St. Petersburg College.

On the verge of composed and improvised music, Whim (Ofer Pelz, prepared piano & Preston Beebe, percussion) creates percussive landscapes by inventing instrument modifications and techniques to build an unusually rich sound world. The ensemble has performed and broadcasted in Canada, US, France, and Israel.

From free jazz to contemporary experimental music, Whim is a genre bending ensemble. Their experience as composers and improvisers are fused into an ensemble that seeks to spark imagination and curiosity. Elizabeth Baker also joins the group for spirited music making. The Music Center at St. Petersburg College is located at 6605 Fifth Ave. North in St. Petersburg.


Ongoing Recording Arts Program with Boys & Girls Club students at the Royal Theater

This is a educational collaboration with EMIT, the Boys & Girls Club and the MIRA program at St. Petersburg College.  Pro Tools is the industry standard for professional recording. This program is supported by the Pinellas Community Foundation.

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