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  • RACHEL ECKROTH - THE GARDEN FEAT. ANNA BUTTERSS AND JOHN HADFIELD May 2023
  • RACHEL ECKROTH - THE GARDEN FEAT. ANNA BUTTERSS AND JOHN HADFIELD May 2023
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RACHEL ECKROTH - THE GARDEN feat. Anna Butterss and John Hadfield

“Pianist, singer, and composer Rachel Eckroth is more than a musical chameleon. Her shapeshifting is so astonishingly dramatic that there is no upper limit to her creative identity.” (Simon Rentner, WGBO)

64th Grammy's Best Contemporary Instrumental Album Nominee

Pianist, composer and singer Rachel Eckroth’s first release on Rainy Days Records unveils fresh sounds from her evolving artistry. Steeped in synth orchestration, The Garden reflects a nuanced exploration of sonic impulses and inquiries alongside Eckroth’s signature layered compositions and glimmers of trance-inducing vocals. With contributions from acclaimed guitarist Nir Felder, saxophonists Donny McCaslin and Andrew Krasilnikov and modular synth master Austin White, and a core band featuring bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Christian Euman, The Garden emerged conceptually while Eckroth was writing new music during the pandemic. “Everything on the album has a different feel to it — different colors and textures,” says the West Coast artist. “It felt like a garden. So we just rolled with it.”

Eckroth revels in new experiences across rich, diverse musical settings. The multifaceted artist continually refines her expression, frequently collaborating as a featured guest with creative visionaries who have included Rufus Wainwright, St. Vincent, KT Tunstall, Donny McCaslin, Tia Fuller and Chris Botti. But composing during the pandemic afforded Eckroth and partner Lefebvre unique opportunities to compose and perform together. From their home in Arizona, they dug in to each other’s expressions and began developing a duo sound. “Especially during Covid, we were making music pretty much every day together,” says Eckroth. When Eugene Petruhanskiy greenlit a possible release from Eckroth for Rainy Days, she and Lefebvre considered what they might create around a synth-forward recording. The textural-minded musicians began soundscaping across familiar territory and new domains. Almost immediately, the Prophet 6 emerged as a key element for record’s sound. “It ends up on a lot of my live gigs,” says Eckroth. “I’ve used it on all the tours I’ve played with other people. I’m a pianist, but the record doesn’t have a lot of piano. The Yamaha CP 70 served the ‘meat’ of some of the songs. And the Korg minilogue is an instrument I use really well for some reason; it’s very intuitive. 17, 17

Line Up

Rachel Eckroth, piano, vocals
Anna Butterss, bass
John Hadfield, drums

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Tourdates

10.05.2023  tour start
18.05.2023  BAYREUTH/Germany - Hoftheater der Klaviermanufaktur Steingraeber & Söhne
23.05.2023  ZÜRICH/Switzerland - Moods
25.05.2023  SAN SEBASTIAN/Spain - Sala Club del Teatro Victoria Eugenia
26.05.2023  KÖLN/Germany
28.05.2023  BERGEN/Norway
29.05.2023  return home

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