CELEBREMOS NAVIDAD Yomo Toro produced by Rachel Faro & Sammy Figueroa
You don't have to be in Puerto Rico to enjoy an authentic Puerto Rican Christmas. This album's swinging aguinaldos, plenas and bombas played and sung by the best salsa musicians in the world, celebrates the season -- put on your dancing shoes!
BEAUTIFUL STAR (Christmas Spirituals) Odetta Produced by Rachel Faro
The majestic voice of America's greatest folk singer expresses "how we got over" -- Odetta takes authentic black gospel hymns and makes them her own, with Bill Lee on acoustic bass.
"Rachel Faro has the voice of a wounded angel.... layers and layers of emotion behind that beauty." -- Andrew Gengner, Redlight Management
"Rachel Faro can convey celebration as well as contemplation... with sensitive music and lyrics." -- Rolling Stone
RachelFaro is an accomplished singer, songwriter, record producer, film music consultant and record label executive. She has recorded three albums: 'Refugees' and 'RachelFaro', (both on Sony) and ' Windsong' (Silverwolf). As a singer and poet her lyrics, set in classic country folk pop compositions, reveal sources as diverse as ancient Chinese poetry, Cuban and Native American gods and spirits and the economic collapse.
Rachel is also a well-known producer of Cuban, Latin, jazz, blues, folk and world music recordings with artists as varied as Odetta and Eddie Palmieri. She has produced over thirty albums, three of which have received Grammy nominations. She is the founder and president of Ashe Records, a well-respected world music record label. She is also the proud mother of singer/songwriter Anandi and a long-time practitioner and teacher of Tibetan and Shambhala Buddhism.
BEHIND THE BOARD
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.
Current Productions: GLAUCIA NASSER & SAMMY FIGUEROA: Rachel is currently in Sao Paolo producing this unique collaboration featuring 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.
BEHIND THE MIC
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.