April 4, 2014
Through performing avant-garde classical music of the last 100 years, Rachel inquires on how this music interacts with itself, other music, art, and the listener. By curating an immersive and corporeal concert experience, Rachel hopes to illuminate the relationship of avant-garde music to modern life.
Rachel was featured in the SoundSCAPE Music Festival in Maccagno, Italy, the Ojai Music Festival in California, and Los Angeles’ Monday Evening Concert Series, and a guest artist/lecturer at Santa Clara University. She is also an affiliated artist of San Diego New Music.
An active chamber music musician, Rachel has given definitive performances of Morton Feldman’s multi-hour works For Philip Guston and For Christian Wolff. She is also a long-term member of UCSD’s Palimpsest contemporary chamber music ensemble. Currently, Rachel is half of +/-, a flute and percussion duo with Dustin Donahue.
Rachel also works directly with composers on new works as well as repeat performances. She has worked closely with composers Rick Burkardt, Chaya Czernowin, Beat Furrer, and Stuart Saunders Smith. In 2015, Rachel will premiere several solo works she commissioned by Southern California composers.
She graduated with a Bachelor in Music with distinction from Indiana University in 2009, in the studio of Kathryn Lukas. Rachel holds Master of Arts in Contemporary Music Performance from the University of California San Diego, where she is currently pursuing a Doctorate in the studio of John Fonville. You can listen to her recent recording projects at http://www.soundcloud.com/beetzflute.