Vitamin Em is a collective of some of the top musicians in the Bay Area - creators and performers with well-established careers, drawn to collaborate with each other in new and exciting ways. The goal - to create joyful, uplifting, and moving performances of original and diverse music.
The band, founded in 2016 by violist Emily Onderdonk, includes Grammy®-nominees and award-winners who bring a wealth of experience, creativity and fearless improvisation to each performance. Members are steeped in an abundance of musical traditions – jazz, funk, blues, Klezmer, indie, rock, Balkan, fiddle, classical - and it shows. This band of strings, bassoon and accordion delivers its wonderfully eclectic body of first-class music with a fun-loving spontaneity and infectious enthusiasm.
Vitamin Em has appeared around the Bay Area as featured artists with Mason Bates and Mercury Soul, Berkeley Symphony & Friends, Crowden Music Center’s Sundays @ 4, Epworth Community Concerts, NPR's Says YOU! and at the Piedmont Piano Company, Throckmorton Theater, Pt. Richmond Jazz, The Back Room, Piedmont Center for the Arts.
Vitamin Em musicians can also be found performing, recording or touring with artists like Jon Batiste, The Who, Beyoncé, Santana, Bob Weir, Hot Club of San Francisco, Brothers Comatose, Wayne Shorter, the Klezmatics…or with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras, at SF Jazz, and recording movie soundtracks at Skywalker Sound. Composers in their own right, Vitamin Emmers have contributed works to the SF Symphony, the SF Chamber Orchestra, Turtle Island Quartet, Cirque du Soleil, and many others.