Rachel Golub is a violinist, vocalist, string arranger and session artist of many colors and sounds, performing with artists ranging from Sting, Elton John and Lady Gaga to Jay-Z, Andrea Bocelli, Florence & The Machine, Joss Stone and Suzanne Vega.
As an arranger and session artist, her performances can be heard on recordings with EarthRise SoundSystem (Makyen Ghrir Allah, Ajnabee), The Walkmen (Lisbon), Dave Eggar and Deoro (Xtreme Xrossover), Ryuchi Sakamoto, Nancy Magarill, Breaking Benjamin (Dear Agony), Modern English, Lucy Woodward, Seth Glier (The Next Right Thing), Chris Caffery, and many others. As her alter-ego, Go-Ray, she and writing partner Duke Mushroom recently released 'The Yoga Sessions: Go-Ray & Duke’ on Yoga Organix/Black Swan.
In New York, Rachel can be heard leading improvising ensembles like Ensemble Sospeso and the Club Foot Orchestra, often accompanying silent films, and performing with the Sirius Quartet or members of FLUX. She is a frequent player with Elliott Sharp's Orchestra Carbon and Syndakit, and was featured in 2010 at the Whitney Museum's Christian Marclay Festival.
Recent work with dancer-choreographers includes performances with Yin Mei (with Momenta Quartet), Shen Wei Dance Arts (with Tom Chiu and Matthew Welch at Ernesto Neto's Park Avenue Armory installation), Rebecca Stenn Company, and Attack Theatre. As Music Director of Thresh Dance, a modern Indian dance company, Golub composes original works for dance, as well as touring new works of other collaborators (Ben Foskett, Timothy Hill, Dave Eggar) in Europe and India. She has also collaborated with dancers at PARTS in Brussels, and workshopped and performed with Bharathanatyam dancers and Carnatic musicians at Kalakshetra in Chennai. In 2004, she was part of the 112 improvising soloists for Merce Cunningham's Ocean.
After receiving her BA in Classics from Yale, she studied violin with Lorand Fenyves, and also became a disciple of Indian classical music with sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez.
As an orchestral player she is often onstage with Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New Jersey Symphony, American Ballet Theatre, Opera Orchestra New York, Sympho, and other symphonic engagements ranging from Star Wars in Concert to Pierre Hughye’s Antarctic orchestra for A journey that wasn’t. Other regular chamber music engagements include North/South Consonance, Lost Dog Composers' Collective, Lincoln Center Present's educational programs, and Musica Viva. Rachel was the violin soloist with the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre's klezmer band for their production of On Second Avenue and the BQE Project's The Golem, featured live on WNYC on several occasions. She is also the concertmaster and soloist for the 2011 national tour of Fiddler on the Roof.
Rachel is featured on White Swan, EMI and Chesky Records, and in Universal and Warner Bros. pictures including Music & Lyrics. Her original song Ajnabee will be featured on the Canadian series Lost Girl in early 2012.