San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Native New Yorker Rachelle Garniez has been described as "a certified free spirit" (The New Yorker) and a "diva with a difference" (Billboard Magazine).
She has produced and released 5 cds on her own label, Real Cool Records, as well as a vinyl single produced by Jack White on his label, Third Man Records. KinderAngst, a collection of punk rock children's songs, co-written and co-produced by Palmyra Delran, featuring Debby Harry. Most recently, a compilation album of songs chosen from her catalog of recordings has been released by JARO Records.
In the 1980's she began busking in parks and subways and performing in clubs, galleries and bars; playing solo and in a wide variety of bands ranging from bar-band roots to club-kid art-funk; samba fierce-showgirl revue to klezmer and old-time jazz, each of which have contributed significantly to her writing style.
Rachelle's songs have been recorded by Catherine Russell, Karen Elson, and The Flying Neutrinos and can be heard on television soundtracks including the Chris Isaac Show, Real Sex, Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, and Sex and the City.
She has performed several times at the TED conference as a featured member of Thomas Dolby's house band both in Monterey California and in Oxford, UK.
Since spring of 2013, Rachelle has been a member of the acclaimed Roots-World band Hazmat Modine. She continues to collaborate perform and record with diverse artists including violinist Jenny Scheinman, sonic wizard Sxip Shirey, neo-soul-jazz guitarist Marvin Sewell, glam cabaret troupe The Citizens Band, choreographer Keely Garfied. family music superstar Dan Zanes, and legendary garage band The Friggs.
Over the years, Rachelle has been commissioned to compose music for theater. In 2009 she composed the music for Taylor Mac's Obie Award winning epic theater piece "The Lily's Revenge", which premiered at HERE Arts Center in NYC and was most recently presented by American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. That same year, The Franklin Stage Company located in Delaware County, NY commissioned and premiered the original musical "American Fairy Tales", based on little-known stories by L. Frank Baum, for which she wrote all of the songs and music and was cast as the principal character. She has composed and performed music for NYU's Experimental Theater Wing's productions of The Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet, and wrote songs for the award-winning Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children's Theaters' production of Purim Spiel. For many years, she served as Musical Director of The Citizens Band, as well as writing and performing many of the troupe's signature anthems.
When & Where
Common Ground Community Concerts
Common Ground Community Concerts is a grassroots music production and event planning organization based in Westchester County NY. For the past 15 years, Common Ground has produced its flagship Common Ground Coffeehouse series, sponsored by (and hosted by) The First Unitarian Society of Westchester, in Hastings-on-Hudson NY.