Rachel Elise Sanders grew up on folky singer/songwriters with her hippie parents in Portland, Oregon. After a stellar musical debut on the summer camp music scene in her early teenage years where she wowed every 10 year old in earshot, she went on to earn a BA in music from Bard College in New York. At Bard she studied jazz and electronic music, and had the opportunity to work with some of the most excellent jazz musicians in the New York area. During her school years she studied and traveled abroad in Central America, becoming fluent in Spanish and being influenced by the rich musical traditions of Latin America. Depending on how you’re counting, ‘Water: a Travelogue’ could be considered her second album (unless you want to count the two she made in middle school and high school, but we’ll save that for the die hard fans who can forgive adolescent musical immaturity). Her first album, ‘Tell Me Your Story’ came out in 2006.
Rachel has played with or opened for some of today’s top folk musicians including:
Al Pettaway and Amy White
visit www.myspace.com/rachelelisesanders for more information!
a little about 'Water: a Travelogue'
These songs came from many places: places in the world where I have been in the last two years, and emotional places within myself. A collection of work like this marks a certain passage of time, and reflects on the changes that have taken place over the span of time that it took to create. I have grown a lot in the last two years that these songs were written in, and the songs serve as a reminder to myself of the thoughts that were urgent enough to be expressed in song. The common threads that tie these songs together are thoughts about travel and water. I’ve been traveling a lot in the last two years, to New Orleans, Alaska, my home in Oregon, my other home in New York, and all through Central America, with special fondness for Panama, where I was in school for a semester. Somehow water was a strong force in all of those experiences, and became a means of telling a story. The stories vary widely, but throughout it all there’s a stream of water weaving its way, be it the Hudson River, the Prince William Sound or an unknown river in the wilds of Alaska, the turquoise of the Caribbean or the rising flood waters of Katrina.
Some of the songs are in Spanish, or English and Spanish mixed together; they reflect my great love for the Spanish language, and friends I made in Central America. They document some of the struggles and successes I’ve had communicating in a second language in my six months in Latin America, and continuing via telephone and a brief visit in the subsequent months.
These songs are about relationships and communication. Relationships between the land and humans, and the language we use in our constant dialogue. If water could speak, imagine the travelogue it would keep.