Chris Rael
American musician
Chris Rael
Chris Rael is an eclectic American musician, singer, composer, and songwriter. Rael is the founder and leader of Indo-pop band Church of Betty, based in New York City. He has composed, recorded, and produced more than 25 CDs, collaborating with artists from around the world. He is the founder of indie label Fang Records, and has produced hundreds of live events in downtown New York City.
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POP AND JAZZ GUIDE
NYTimes - almost 14 years
A selective listing by critics of The Times of noteworthy pop and jazz concerts in the New York metropolitan region this weekend. * denotes a highly recommended concert. * DEREK BAILEY, Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, near Delancey Street, Lower East Side, (212) 358-7503. Derek Bailey, a British guitarist, hates to play the same thing twice. His
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POP AND JAZZ GUIDE
NYTimes - about 14 years
A selective listing by critics of The Times of noteworthy pop and jazz concerts in the New York metropolitan region this weekend. * denotes a highly recommended concert. * THE ALUMINUM GROUP, Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue, near Sterling Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 230-0236. Searching for gentler times, the Aluminum Group harks back to old
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POP AND JAZZ GUIDE
NYTimes - over 14 years
A selective listing by critics of The Times of noteworthy pop and jazz concerts in the New York metropolitan region this weekend. * denotes a highly recommended concert. ANTIGONE RISING, BETTY, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, (212) 533-2111. Fans of the Indigo Girls should also enjoy Antigone Rising, which has
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POP AND JAZZ GUIDE
NYTimes - about 15 years
A selective listing by critics of The Times of noteworthy pop and jazz concerts in the New York metropolitan region this weekend. * denotes a highly recommended concert. MICHAEL BLAKE, Knitting Factory, Old Office, 74 Leonard Street, TriBeCa, (212) 219-3006. The saxophonist Michael Blake, of the Lounge Lizards and more recently of some great bands
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POP AND JAZZ GUIDE
NYTimes - over 15 years
A selective listing by critics of The Times of noteworthy pop and jazz concerts in the New York metropolitan region this weekend. * denotes a highly recommended concert. * CLAUDIA ACUÑA, Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, below Spring Street, West Village, (212) 242-1063. Ms. Acuña, a young jazz singer from Chile, is committed to the idea of a jazz
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POP AND JAZZ GUIDE
NYTimes - almost 16 years
A selective listing by critics of The Times of noteworthy pop and jazz concerts in the New York metropolitan region this weekend. * denotes a highly recommended concert. GIORGOS ALKAIOS, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, Manhattan, (212) 564-4882. Giorgio Alkaios is a major hitmaker in Greece, with a repertory that straddles old-fashioned
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POP AND JAZZ GUIDE
NYTimes - almost 16 years
A selective listing by critics of The Times of noteworthy pop and jazz concerts in the New York metropolitan region this weekend. * denotes a highly recommended concert. ACCORDION NITE, Fez, 380 Lafayette Street, at Great Jones Street, East Village, (212) 533-2680. This monthly tribute to the lovable squeezebox, with Marni Rice as host, features a
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POP AND JAZZ GUIDE
NYTimes - about 16 years
A selective listing by critics of The Times of noteworthy pop and jazz concerts in the New York metropolitan region this weekend. * denotes a highly recommended concert. ALHAMBRA, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400 or (212) 545-7536. Just over 500 years ago, before the Inquisition, Spain had a thriving Sephardic Jewish
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POP AND JAZZ GUIDE
NYTimes - over 16 years
A selective listing by critics of The Times of new or noteworthy pop and jazz concerts in the New York metropolitan region this weekend. * denotes a highly recommended concert. DAVE ALVIN, Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street, at Ludlow Street, Lower East Side; Maxwell's, 1039 Washington Street, Hoboken, N.J., (201) 798-0406. ''Public Domain,''
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PLAYING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
NYTimes - over 16 years
HARLEM A New 'Romeo and Juliet' In the Hip-Hop Nation Latino Montagues meet African-American Capulets in the second annual Classical Theater of Harlem Shakespeare Festival production of ''Romeo and Juliet.'' The classic love story is set in the ''hip-hop nation,'' and will be performed in modern dress outdoors at the Harlem School of Arts Courtyard
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Rael
    THIRTIES
  • 2005
    In 2005, he received the Outstanding Soundtrack Award, out of a field of 230 film composers, at the Outfest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Los Angeles, for the Lower East Side Biography Project's Queer Realities and Cultural Amnesia.
    More Details Hide Details He wrote and composed Araby, a musical based on James Joyce’s Dubliners, which has been performed at Dixon Place in New York City. Rael has been featured in the New York Times and Billboard and on NPR. Rael has performed around the world, including venues in the UK, Europe, Australia, India, Mexico, and across the U.S. He also travels the world with his wife, performance artist Penny Arcade, performing their two-person show Rebellion Cabaret.
  • 2003
    Rael's genres, besides Indo-pop, include progressive, chamber, and film/theater music. He composed and produced three Bollywood-parody songs for the 2003 film Cosmopolitan.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    The Village Voice has noted that “Chris Rael has consistently blended rock and Indian music better than any Western guitar guy, ever.” He produced Najma Akhtar's 1996 album, Forbidden Kiss.
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