Rachelle Garniez – accordeon, claviola, vocals, piano

Native New Yorker multi-instrumentalist Rachelle Garniez has been described as a “diva with a difference” (Billboard Magazine) and a “certified free spirit” (The New Yorker). She is not formally educated in music, but was raised in a musical household by her mother, a classical pianist and music teacher who encouraged her to play by ear and also to experiment with all kinds of instruments and sounds. When she was seventeen she went to Europe and traveled around with a guitar for a year, busking in Venice and making music with Gypsies in the south of Spain. Upon returning to New York she picked up the accordion and spent several years playing on subway platforms and street corners of New York City, giving her the rare ability to connect with audiences of all ages and origins. Her performances are authentic, theatrical, spontaneous and fresh; stream-of-consciousness improvisations provide scope for the songs to evolve and develop continually as the spirit moves.

Her original lyrical and melodic story-songs have been described as “romantic, rhapsodic and casually hilarious” (The New York Times). Over the years she has played music in many bands of many kinds, including Rock, Blues, Tango, Country, Latin, Klezmer, Jazz and Tin Pan Alley classics. Her unique sense of song draws from all of these influences and “…wanders through genres, leaving behind nothing but sweet wreckage” (The New Yorker).

She has released five CDs on her own label, Real Cool Records, and in 2009 recorded a vinyl single My House of Peace, which was produced by Jack White and released on his Third Man Records label. She is a performing member and co-musical director of the Neo-Cabaret troupe The Citizens Band, and plays in the acclaimed Roots-World ensemble Hazmat Modine. Her songs can be heard on many television programs and have been recorded by singers like Catherine Russell, Karen Elson, and Ingrid Lucia of the Flying Neutrinos, to name just a few. Rachelle has performed/recorded with artists such as Jenny Scheinman, the Marvin Sewell Group, Rufus Wainwright, Richard Barone and many others

In 2009 Rachelle Garniez composed the music for Taylor Mac’s visionary Obie-Award-winning epic five-hour theater piece The Lily’s Revenge, which was most recently presented in September 2012 by the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University in Cambridge.


No shows booked at the moment.