Rachael Sage, one of the most up and coming gifted performers in music today will present a concert at the Smith Opera House in Geneva on Friday, Dec. 5, as part of the theatre's “Wild Women of the World Music Series.” Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Admission is $10 general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens.
Rachael Sage is a modern day renaissance woman. A pianist, singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist, Sage has never shied away from a healthy challenge, including founding her own record label MPress, which released her fifth full-length album “Public Record” on August 5th. A rare combination of timeless craftsmanship and contemporary feminist sensibilities, The Village Voice has described Rachael's music as “earthiness, color and emotion… Sage has folk on the brain and piano keys for hands and is sure to put on a show sublime.” In essence, she is a young East Village New York woman who tours the U.S. and Europe playing some of the most interesting music in pop and rock today.
A recent Grand Prize Winner in the '01 John Lennon Songwriting Contest as well as a winner of the Billboard Songwriting and Great American Songwriting Contests, Rachael has toured with Ani DiFranco, Eric Burdon, Melissa Ferrick and played the Lilith Fair with Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Suzanne Vega and The Pretenders. A best-seller on CDBaby.com, MP3.com and Garageband.com, Rachael has created a big buzz online, has charted on AAA/College Radio and tours year-round, hitting cities like L.A., Chicago, San Francisco, Prague, Cologne and Berlin. In addition to running her own label, Sage also designs musical instruments, furniture and clothes that have been featured in the New York Times.
Sage says she is “drawn to write about things that are left unsaid or unresolved because that's where there's proof we're all connected…Life is testing us all the time on how quickly we react to other people's pain.” Inspired by the strength of such artist/activists as Amy Ray, Ben Harper and Patti Smith, Rachael is determined to cross barriers with her music, and to communicate empathy with reference to sexuality, spirituality and social injustice. But while songs from all of her albums have examined sexism, ageism, racial prejudice, drug and sexual abuse, she admits her personal perspective has remained “painfully idealistic”.
As an artist of Jewish, Eastern European descent, Rachael has found inspiration in revisiting the land of her heritage. Never content to rest on her local laurels, Rachael has toured Europe four times in the last three years. Her most recent tour of Germany, comprised of large theaters and outdoor festivals with as many as 10,000 concertgoers, brought her quirky, ethnically-influenced groove-pop to large numbers of new listeners whom she describes as “incredibly eager to connect with artists…from a place of deep, primal enthusiasm.” Despite language barriers and a physically grueling travel schedule, she is always excited to return to Europe, and to continue to make connections with diverse audiences in the U.S. and around the world.
As a founding member of NYC music collective UrbanMuse as well as Womanrock and Indiegrrl, Rachael Sage has created a niche for herself in the Indie community. She remains fiercely committed to her vision of her music, her record label, and her vibrant sense of costume and fashion. “Public Record” is an album that wrestles with the concepts of perspective, sobriety and doubt, pitting those vulnerabilities we always feel against long-held goals…It is a record that questions our sense of collective purpose combined with an almost uniquely American sense of individualism. For Sage, that has always meant the freedom to celebrate love, faith and courage in a voice uniquely her own, a “strong voice that that rings with despair, passion, anger, hope and glory.” – The Boston Globe
Tickets for Rachael Sage are available at the Smith box office, Area Records and Music, Lyons National Bank, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Bookstore, and WomanMade Products or by calling 315-781-LIVE (5483) or toll-free 866-355-LIVE (5483).
The “Wild Women of the World Music Series” is sponsored by WomanMade Products, WEOS FM 89.7 and the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional concerts in the series include Zoe Lewis on Jan. 31, The Wyrd Sisters on March 12 and Brazil's Iabas on March 27.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.