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Bio page - Rachel Burckardt music website Album website (Praise for the New Dawn) Facebook page for the new CD

Rachel J. Burckardt

Rachel J. Burckardt, a New York City native, is a composer and instrumentalist now living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rachel is a liturgical musician and composer at St. Cecilia Parish in Boston, Massachusetts. In this role, she serves as an assisting accompanist (piano, guitar, bass, organ), composer, and assisting director for the 6 pm choir. Her sacred and liturgical compositions span various musical styles from chant to gospel and include settings of psalms, liturgical acclamations, and sacred songs.

In addition to her sacred compositions, Rachel has also composed a variety of other music including jazz, classical and other choral styles. Her most recent album, On Chestnut Street, is a collection of her jazz compositions performed by a Boston-based quintet.

Her compositional and improvisational style was influenced by a stint with the hammer dulcimer/ psaltry-based Bill Desmond Tone Poem, where she played guitar and keyboards. The Tone Poem, while classified as "New Age," is better described as a meeting of atmospheric music with modal jazz in a form that was essentially structured improvisation influenced by progressive rock. This affinity for atmospherics, as well as a particular predilection for minor 9th chords, can be heard in many of her compositions.

Rachel's recording career includes:
- Sparkle String Discoveries & Trapezoid Stringway to Light with the Bill Desmond Tone Poem,
- Gross Santa's Yuletide Favorites - Rachel contributed an original song on this 1990 Boston band compilation CD,
- How Long, O God, her first solo recording of her sacred compositions featuring the Wood Harbor Ensemble and the Choir of St. Ann Church, Boston, MA. Released in 1992 and re-released on CD in 2014.
- Praise for the New Dawn, a 2013 release including liturgical, sacred and instrumental music.
- You Are My Inheritance, her 3rd CD of liturgical and sacred music.
- On Chestnut Street, an EP of jazz compositions performed by the Boston-based Wood Harbor Quintet with a solo piano piece by Rachel.
- Songs of Brighton, featuring piano improvisations by Rachel,
- Not Yet Out of the Woods, a collection of instrumental compositions, which features members of the Wood Harbor Ensemble over the years.