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Charlie Rauh continues to accumulate inspiration from the folk music of the places he visits: Video

28.10. – Happy Birthday !!! NYC based guitarist/composer Charlie Rauh has been invited to be resident composer by such organizations as The Rauschenberg Foundation, The Klaustrid Foundation, The Chen Dance Center, and The International Studios at Denkalschmeide Hofgen. His work as a soloist has been supported by grants from Meet The Composer, The Untitled Artist Group, and The Fractured Atlas Group.

His chamber EP, Innocent Speller, was released by Composers Concordance Records/ Naxos in 2015 – as described on Gapplegrate Guitar and Bass Blog : “There is an introspective element that sets the music apart, with spacious sound-staging focusing on the crystalline guitar sound. The atmospheric mood sustains us throughout. There is beauty here, great beauty.”

Touring extensively in Europe as well as the States, Rauh continues to accumulate inspiration from the folk music of the places he visits. In early 2017, he signed with Destiny Records to release Viriditas : his first proper solo record. Recorded in one 45 minute session within a 14th century barn in southern France, the brief and spare collection of solo guitar folk lullabies immediately captured the imagination of the press : “These quiet tunes dust off a few neglected shelves of the human soul, and from them pull down vials filled with brightness.”(All About Jazz), “Rauh is a true virtuoso and as such expresses a musicality that transcends the exceptional technique, which he surely has, putting it at the service of intimate, moving and dreamy music, in which every single note played by his guitar shows an innovative and contemporary vision. Highly recommended, one of the 2017’s records” (

As a support musician, Rauh works with a variety of artists across several genres both as a touring sideman and a studio musician and arranger. Recording projects include work with Wilco drummer Ken Coomer, Magnetic Fields producer Charles Newman, and Sparklehorse contributor Alan Weatherhead. Live performances include artists such as Rolling Stones vocalist Bernard Fowler, Iranian pop innovator Sepideh, and Finnish indie artist Peppina.

Guitarist Charlie Rauh has been awarded grants from such organizations as Meet The Composer, The Fractured Atlas Group, The Untitled Artists Group, The Herndon Arts Council, The Queens Arts Council, and The International Studios at Denkalschmeide Hofgen.

Master improviser Connie Crothers notes Rauh as “a true musician with an originality that is deep and personal”, while virtuoso composer/pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn describes his creative approach as “a rare combination of discipline, attention to detail, and impeccable taste.” In collaboration with choreographer Megan Harrold he has served as composer in residence at The Klaustrid Foundation-Iceland (Sept. 2010), The Chen Dance Center-NYC (Oct./Nov. 2011),Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theater-NYC (April/May 2012), and Le Feuil-France (Aug./Sept. 2012).

Rauh has worked with such artists as Tom Rainey, Abigail Breslin, Ken Coomer, and Ingrid Laubrock – His compositions have been featured on NPR’s Live in Studio C program and WUSB’s Jazz On The Air program as well as in venues such as Merce Cunningham Studio, The Kitchen, Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center, The Chocolate Factory, The Stone, The Rubin Art Museum, and the Ailey Citigroup Theater.

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