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Rachel is a Sydney born cellist and singer now living in Berlin. She began her piano studies at the age of five and cello studies aged eight, coming through the Conservatorium High School and a performance degree with honours at the University of Sydney. After working as a freelance cellist in string quartet and orchestras for many years, Rachel wished to expand her horizons and explore the musical world outside her classical roots. She began improvising, writing and singing in her collaborations with James Cruickshank, working closely with James and Tex Perkins over a number of years. After moving to Berlin, Rachel was very influenced by American composer Jonathan Bepler, discovering a vast new musical language through an intensive period of work with him. Her personal style resonates through an ongoing collaboration with Italian singer Marta Collica, as well as in Rachel’s own solo exploration in which she loops and layers the cello, intertwining it with vocals to create warm, boundless soundscapes. She also regularly joins forces with visual artist Mariana Jocic, the two creating a dream world for the senses. Rachel has written original music for theatre and has been taking to the stage and recording studio for most of her life, performing across a broad range of styles - symphony and chamber orchestra, string quartet, cabaret, folk, pop, jazz, electronic and beyond. Working in Europe, the USA and Australia, her long and diverse list of artistic associations also includes Alan Cumming, Lance Horne, Cyndi Lauper, Meow Meow, Angus & Julia Stone, Erin K, Harry Connick Jr, Matthew Barney, Sasha Waltz & Guests, Andrea Parkins, Lillevan, and a number of indie artists in her adopted home of Berlin.