Chance's End blends solo violin melds with soulful female vocals in a bed of downtempo electronic music.
The group was founded by Ryan Avery in 2001, who first studied classical violin before branching into other styles, mixing in electronica to add a unique element to his early productions. Vocalist Emily Zisman joined in 2010, whose experience with folk music, soul, and swing now also figure prominently in the group’s music. With a laid-back downtempo sound reminiscent of Groove Armada crossed with Lindsey Stirling, the group is helping redefine the role of the violin in popular music
Ryan and Emily’s passion for blues and tango dancing have made them a popular draw in the dance community. “Learning to dance tango, I was captivated by nuevo-tango electronic music from groups like Gotan Project and Bajofondo Tango Club, which showed me that the violin could feature in modern music of all styles.”
The 2010’s have been very kind to the violin’s appeal. Though trailblazers such as Vanessa-Mae and Jean-Luc Ponty have been used violin in electronic music for decades, it's only recently that the instrument has exploded in mainstream interest. Chance’s End has experienced this renewal first-hand, with their albums of violin-fronted electronic music receiving over 30 million streams on online radio alone. “When I first started experimenting with mixing my violin playing into electronica, I never imagined that this sort of music would achieve such mainstream popularity”.