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RACHEL EFRON

Genre: Alternative Rock, Jazz

Website: http://http://www.rachelefron.com

Contact:
rachel@rachelefron.com

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MORE ABOUT RACHEL EFRON

To listen to a Rachel Efron song is to be led across an inner landscape at once beautiful, dangerous, serene, and startling. Rachel offers that rare combination of sophisticated musicianship and commanding lyricism. There is a delicacy and astuteness to her perspective on the world, and she possesses that most precious artistic quality of being able to honestly share herself with her listeners. She is versed in classical, jazz, folk, and pop music, and travels unabashedly between the soulful and sweet, saucy and swinging, by way of her alternately sincere and comically cynical portraits of life and love.

Rachel released her debut album, Say Goodbye, in 2006, to unbridled praise from listeners and critics alike. Nate Seltenrich of the East Bay Express described it as "Utterly laid-back piano pop that sucks the tension right out of the room. Efron makes it sound easy but there's a reason so few artists get it right." Chris Patrick Morgan of the San Francisco Examiner wrote, "Rachel Efron combines a light, gentle touch on the piano with the eye and the voice of a poet to make some of the loveliest music one has heard -- soft, intimate, ethereal, and strikingly genuine."
 
The album, a collection of 11 original piano/voice-centric alternative/pop songs, was produced by the masterful Jon Evans, bassist for Tori Amos, and featured inspired performances by Evans on bass, Scott Amendola (Nels Cline, Madeleine Peyroux) on drums, and Julie Wolf (Ani DiFranco, Erin McKeown) on accordion.

Rachel spent the next years realizing a wealth of new material and performing on both the East and West Coasts. In 2008 she returned to the studio for a second collaboration with Jon Evans, and the result is her new release, 4AM, an album that maintains the sincerity of her debut, but which possesses the integrity and confidence of a singer/songwriter with a matured sense of herself and her craft. The first track, "Crescent Moon," is sonically ethereal, and invites the listener to begin what promises to be a lovely and complex journey ("I could show you these maple trees naked in the cold / And I would give to you green and blue stories I have told"). In another standout, "Dance Me Around My Room," Rachel hones in on a favorite genre: the dark waltz. Seductive and melodically intense, the song recounts the unbearable juxtaposition of love and alienation in physical intimacy ("I'm alive here for you now / Choose or deny me / If the motions of love are too much to presume well / Just dance me around my room").

4AM has already received high acclaim from critics such as SF Chronicle's David Weigand, who wrote, "The voice is airy, plaintive, the sound, at first, seemingly detached, but it isn't long -- about three notes will do it -- before Bay Area singer-songwriter Rachel Efron hooks you by the heart... Efron's deceptively effortless piano pop stands out from the pack because of her delicate lyricism... [Her] classically influenced piano dominates the arrangements, but that is as it should be: This is a woman taking charge," and Portland Press Herald's Mike Olcott, who commented, "Not your garden variety supporting cast, these are thoughtful players with long resumes in the business; but Efron is the star."

Rachel Efron grew up in a small town on the coast of Maine called Cape Elizabeth, where she took piano lessons, learning the Beethoven Sonatas, Debussy Preludes, and Chopin Etudes that to this day remain, perhaps, her biggest musical influence. In high school she was entranced with singer/songwriters -- Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell -- but it had not yet occurred to her to try her own hand at writing songs. Away at college at Harvard University, Rachel complemented her major in Social Anthropology with a growing seriousness about her music. She took classical music classes, not to mention a handful of poetry and creative writing classes, and once a week made her way across the Charles River to study jazz p