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2023.11.15 Rachel Eckroth Composer Spotlight

Rachel Eckroth

Date

November 16, 2023

Event Type

Composer Spotlight

Erica Seguine

Event Type Description

Composer Spotlights feature a Presenting Artist outlining compositional concepts contained within their own work by examining score & audio excerpts.

Description

The Garden: Letting Melody Dictate Harmony

About the Presenting Artists(s)

Rachel Eckroth can lead with a bold vision or accompany w/ the subtlety necessary to make another musician shine. Her mix of jazz experimentation and pop feeling form the engine behind her own work as a leader/co-leader on nearly 20 albums. That same crossover talent is why she's been featured on voice and keyboards with Rufus Wainwright, St. Vincent, and Donny McCaslin. Eckroth has been a busy recording artist throughout her career, and the pace has only increased in recent years. Her work as a composer/arranger began in Las Vegas, arranging for horns strings with local bands. In 2002, she joined the BMI Jazz Composer’s workshop in NYC led by Jim McNeely. Upon earning a Master’s from Rutgers University, Rachel has traveled the world as an artist involved with other Universities, and writing and/or arranging with Tia Fuller, Donny McCaslin, Hues and more. Her latest album, The Garden, complete with a Grammy nom in 2021, features 8 tracks written by Eckroth.

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