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LIVE MUSIC BY CHRIS RAEL AND CHURCH OF BETTY

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Tompkins Square Library

331 East 10th Street

New York, NY 10009

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Live music with East Village musician Chris Rael and members of Church of Betty, New York's progressive world pop orchestra since 1988. Trained in India, Chris writes and sings English songs with South Asian and other international flavors, such as Indian sitar and tabla, African percussion, bowed strings and double reeds.

As a part of the Second Annual East Village Arts Festival, an unplugged version of the group will perform at the library this evening.

The music will be rich, intimate and groovy; come join us!

Chris Rael is one of New York City’s most prolific veteran composers and a founder of the pioneering Indo-pop group Church of Betty and indie music label Fang Records. The band was in the first wave of the progressive music movement at the original Knitting Factory in New York in the 1980s. Church of Betty blanketed the downtown club scene, playing regularly at rock clubs such as CBGB, appearing on public radio, and performing at public arts venues. Throughout the 1990s, he studied Hindustani classical singing and sitar in Varanasi, India, forging a world-orchestral-pop style. In 1997, Rael met and soon married performance artist Penny Arcade. The pair joined artistic forces and became the center of a thriving creative community in the Lower East Side, producing theatre, video, recordings.

Between his many projects and collaborations with numerous art stars (David Byrne, Curt Smith of Tears for Fears, Annabella Lwinof Bow Wow Wow, Oasis, world music chanteuse Najma, bansuri flutist Steve Gorn, Broadway star Stew, experimental composer Elliott Sharp), Rael has amassed one of the largest and most eclectic catalogs of original music in the US. Rael won Outfest Film Festival's Soundtrack Award for the film Queer Realities and Cultural Amnesia and the New York International Fringe Festival's Composition Award for his musical ARABY.

Other programs of the Second Annual East Village Arts Festival HERE

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