MEMORY OF WATER Sammy Figueroa and Rachel Faro went into the studio one day with a couple of hangpans, the celestial and amazing instrument. After several hours of simply improvising without thought they came up with an album's worth of material which has just been released on Ashe Records. Entitled MEMORY OF WATER, this album's harmonic sounds will clean the air and lift your spirit up. IMAGINARY WORLD Sammy Figueroa's IMAGINARY WORLD featuring Silvano Monasterios and Gabriel Vivas, produced by Rachel Faro and Ray Chew, is already being considered as one of the great Latin jazz albums. With magnificent compositions by Venezuelan maestros Silvano Monasterios and Gabriel Vivas, two tracks with guest Chico Pinheiro, one of the world's greatest jazz guitarists, this album swings but it's also intelligent, innovative and moving. Released June 29th on Savant Records.
THE TALISMAN PROJECT: GLAUCIA NASSER & SAMMY FIGUEROA, produced by RACHEL FARO RELEASED ON SAVANT RECORDS, SEPTEMBER 9TH 2014! This unique collaboration features complex percussion and lovely songs, featuring guitarist Chico Pinheiro, pianist/composer Bianca Gismonti and pandeiro virtuoso Bernardo Aguiar.
LAS PIONERAS DE MEXICO: In 2013 Rachel went to Mexico City to produce an album featuring the women of Mexico City that sing and play mariachi and ranchera there against all odds. Also featured in the documentary film "Que Caramba Es La Vida" by Doris Dorrie, Las Pioneras de Mexico will be performing at SXSW in March 2014.
CHRISTMAS ALBUMS produced by RACHEL FARO Celebrate the holidays with two classic albums.
CELEMBREMOS NAVIDAD YOMO TORO produced by Rachel Faro & Sammy Figueroa (Ashe Records) The magical sound of maestro Yomo Toro's cuarto rings forth on this swinging album featuring Jerry Medina, Eric Figueroa, Papo Vasquez, Cachete Maldonado, Joe Santiago, Ralph Irizarry, Dalia Silva and other great musicians.
BEAUTIFUL STAR ODETTA produced by Rachel Faro (Silverwolf Records) This classic album features the rich, majestic voice of the legendary Odetta signing traditional gospel songs on 'how we got over' with bassist Bill Lee.
BEHIND THE MIC
THE ROBE OF LOVE Rachel is currently preparing an album's worth of songs, with original music set to the words of the poet Rumi. These songs will be included in the storyteller Laura Simms great mythical saga THE ROBE OF LOVE.
RACHEL FARO PLAYS LUNA STAR CAFE IN MIAMI OCTOBER 2 2014
Fresh off an amazing tour of Japan, where Rachel collaborated with the fabulous bluegrass players of Kobe, played a small shrine to folk music in Tokyo and best of all, played Cafe Apied, a cultural center in the ancient shrine and temple town of Ohara, north of Kyoto.
Keeping the flow going, she was offered a last minute date at Miami's Luna Star on October 2nd. Come see if Rachel's Zen tranquilitty has lasted more than a week. New songs! Surprise guests!
The Japanese reunion tour with Yoshiko Yoshida.
RACHEL FARO on NPR's WORLD CAFE: LATIN ROOTS CHRISTMAS IN PUERTO RICO Thursday December 19 2013 (Check your local NPR listings for times and stations)
Rachel Faro hosts a Latin Roots segment of David Dye's popular World Cafe. On December 19th she takes us to Puerto Rico and New York where Puerto Ricans celebrate Christmas with music, songs, parties and food. This segment features music from classics such as Asalto Navideno by Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe, Celebremos Navidad by Yomo Toro and even a reggaeton version of a tipico aguinaldo.
RACHEL FARO on NPR's WORLD CAFE: LATIN ROOTS URUGUAYAN CANDOMBE On this segment Rachel presents the Afro-Uruguayan tradition of candombe, how it has been integrated into jazz and pop, and plays examples of it's most illustrious artists such as Ruben Rada and Hugo Fattoroso. to listen click here
RACHEL FARO on NPR's WORLD CAFE: LATIN ROOTS GARIFUNA to listen click here On this segment of Latin Roots Rachel discusses the fascinating culture and music of the Garifuna people of Central America and plays examples of their music, such as Andy Palacios and Aurelio Martinez.
RACHEL FARO TO SING AT MIAMI'S LUNA STAR CAFE WITH DOUG EMERY, NICKY ORTA & SAMMY FIGUEROA ON FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH
RACHEL FARO, singer-songwriter and Grammy-nominated record producer, shall be singing at the Luna Star Café in North Miami, on Friday May 3rd, with pianist Doug Emery, bassist Nicky Orta and percussionist Sammy Figueroa. Anna Palmerola will also join her on vocal harmonies.
Rachel, a part-time resident of South Florida (her base is New York City) has long been known as a pioneering record producer in the jazz, Latin and world music genres, producing albums by artists such as Eddie Palmieri, Yomo Toro, Vocal Sampling, Bobby Sanabria, Brazilian Voices and her good friend Sammy Figueroa. Now, thanks in part to South Florida’s vibrant folk scene, in recent years she has resumed singing and found a new audience for her music.
Refugees, Rachel’s first album for RCA Records, is a cult classic. On this album, Rachel’s producer, the legendary John Simon, chose to surround her with the world’s best jazz musicians: Jack DeJohnette (drums), Dave Holland (bass), Michael Brecker (sax) plus other eclectic players such as Oregon’s Colin Wolcott on tablas and Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar. Tito Puente even makes an appearance on the tropical single Smooth Sailing. After many years this album was finally reissued in 2012 and is available on iTunes, Amazon, etc.
On her second album, Rachel Faro II, Rachel went ‘country’, with Eric Weisberg and the Deliverance Band backing her up and The Pennywhistlers singing Bulgarian-style harmonies. This album is due to be reissued this year by RCA/Sony.
Although Rachel displayed a keen interest in global sounds early on, it was on her third album, Windsong that her signature approach of integrating “world music” instruments with classic singer-songwriter pop truly emerged. On this self-produced recording she presents an entire Irish orchestra on Dagger Dance (an O’Carolan melody with lyrics inspired by the Chinese poet Li Po.) On Richard Farina’s Quiet Joys of Brotherhood, she is accompanied by Indian instruments -- Steve Gorn on bansuri bamboo flute, Jaime Haddad on udu drums (clay pots), and Linda Daniels on sarangi and tambour. Behind all this is a the solid presence of an exemplary band, including Robben Ford on guitar, Fernando Saunders on bass and vocals, Bette Sussman on piano and vocals, Gary Burke on drums and Joe Mennona on everything from saxophone to accordion.
In 2009 Rachel received an invitation to tour Japan, leading to appearances in New York City, Halifax, Portland OR, Nashville, Memphis and Miami. Her vision of integrating global sounds with classic pop continues, but the main thing of interest to her fans is her beautiful voice and poetic lyrics, often inspired by but never overtly referring to, her spiritual studies and global travels.
RACHEL HOSTS TWO SEGMENTS OF NPR'S 'WORLD CAFE: LATIN ROOTS' BROADCAST
Rachel Faro is hosting two segments of the Latin Roots segment on NPR's popular World Cafe show. The first segment, to air on Thursday April 18th, is on Portugals' national musical genre, Fado, and the second, air date May 2nd, features the fascinating music of the Afro-Indian Garifuna culture.
NPR’s World Cafe with host David Dye can be heard on 250 stations nationwide. Fans can hear the shows from the WXPN Philadelphia stream here
NPR will also feature this episode as the "Current Show" on the World Cafe website (www.worldcafe.org) and later archive the session for streaming anytime.
In addition to hosting these segments Rachel also researched and compiled the music for these fascinating genres.
RACHEL FARO IN SAO PAOLO!
September 2013 -- In March Rachel made a wonderful trip to Sao Paolo Brazil where she was assisting her partner Sammy Figueroa in an unprecedented collaboration between his own band and Brazilian musicians Chico Pinheiro and Glaucia Carvalho. She also spoke and performed at the Sao Paolo Shambhala Meditation Center to a group of very receptive Brazilian meditators, culminating in a jam session with pandeiros, berimbaus, guitars and many voices. Now Sammy and Rachel have been invited to produce an album with singing sensation Glaucia Carvalho. They will be returning to Sao Paolo on September 13th to research musicians and studios.
RACHEL FARO PERFORMS IN NEW YORK CITY AT THE LIVING ROOM WITH FULL BAND
January 2013 -- Rachel Faro reunited with her friend and collaborator Bette Sussman in January, putting together a band of some of New York's best players: Bette Sussman (Whitney Houston, Bette Midler, Cindy Lauper), Lee Nadel on bass (Norah Jones, Suzanne Vega, Regina Spektor), Ann Klein on guitar (Lee Romanoff, Ani DeFranco, Joan Osborne), Rich Mercurio on drums (Jonatha Brooke, Regina Spektor) and Neal Commer on vocals (Dolly Parton, Sting, Elton John, Lenny Kravitz -- everybody!) What an honor is was for Rachel to hear Rachel's songs come alive with these great musicians!
RACHEL FARO & SEBASTIAN KRYS PRESENT THE LARAS TRUSTEES AWARD TO YOMO TORO'S FAMILY AT LATIN GRAMMY SPECIAL AWARDS LUNCHEON
November 2012 -- Rachel Faro and Sebastian Krys (Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning producer of Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Juanes, Marc Anthony and many others) co-presented the Special Trophy for the Trustees Award to Yomo Toro's wife and daughter in an emotional moment during the Special Awards Luncheon. A beautiful video tribute to Yomo was presented, which included music from Yomo's wonderful Celebremos Navidad, produced by Rachel Faro and Sammy Figueroa. Other honorees included Rita Moreno, Milton Nascimiento, Pancho Sanchez and Juan Carmona. Following the luncheon and the next day Rachel, Denise Toro and Minerva Toro were treated to a glamorous array of events, including the Person Of The Year Gala for Caetano Veloso and the Latin Grammy telecast itself.
The Yomo Toro section of the Special Awards Video begins at 26 minutes.