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Rachel Faro is an extraordinary poet, singer/songwriter, and Grammy-nominated record producer. She began her career as a teenage member of the cast of Hair, was soon discovered by producer John Simon and released two classic albums on RCA Records, Refugees and Rachel Faro II. Musicians on these albums included Michael Brecker, Jack De Johnette, Dave Holland, Bonnie Raitt, Tito Puente, Harvey Brooks, Eric Weisberg and many other great artists. In the 1980’s she self-produced the album Windsong, which was released in Europe on Blue Flame/BMG. This album featured Robben Ford, Fernando Saunders, Steve Gorn, Jaime Haddad and Carol Steele. On all of her work there ran a red thread integrating global elements such as Celtic airs, Indian instruments and Slavic harmonies.

In the late 1980’s Rachel switched to producing other artists, beginning with the majestic queen of folk music, Odetta, with whom she created Christmas Spirituals, a profoundly beautiful album that remains a favorite to many. In 1989, while performing in Berlin, she encountered Grupo Mezcla, a group from Havana and produced an album for them, beginning a long immersion in Cuban, Puerto Rican and Venezuelan music and culture. In the 1990’s, along with percussionist Sammy Figueroa, she produced and worked with some of the genre’s greatest artists, including Vocal Sampling, Los Van Van, Eddie Palmieri, Guaco, Bobby Sanabria and Yomo Toro. She also founded Ashé Records, a producer’s signature label that released several of these artists.

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