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Rachel Gawell Burns

Rachel Gawell Burns

  • She/Her
  • Biography

    From rock bands to chamber music ensembles to experimental music, cellist Rachel Gawell Burns distinguishes herself by pairing a rigorous conservatory skill set with enthusiasm for expanding what is possible on her instrument. A multi-instrumentalist, Rachel studied classical cello with a focus on contemporary repertoire at Peabody Conservatory and Rotterdams Conservatorium. She has performed regularly on cello and guitars at Waitress the Musical, Feinsteins/54 Below, and Rockwood Music Hall. Rachel's songwriting project Baba Sonya enjoyed viral success with her song "Human-Made Machines" reaching over 147,000 streams on Spotify. She has toured with River City Extension, The Ballroom Thieves, and The Ricciotti Ensemble. Rachel Gawell Burns's playing is featured on Baba Sonya's four EPs, River City Extension's final LP 'Deliverance' and The Ballroom Thieves 2011-2013 releases. A Maryland native, Rachel currently lives in Astoria.

    Professional Experience

    • Broadway
    • Off Broadway
    • Regional
    • Concerts/Cabaret
    • Education
    • TV/Film
    • Tours

    Regions

    • NYC/Tri-State Area
    • D.C./Baltimore/Mid-Atlantic

    Interested in touring?

    • No

    Maestra Expertise

    • Songwriter
    • Singer/Songwriter
    • Instrumentalist/Pit Musician
    • Music Contractor/Coordinator
    • Voice Teacher (Educational Institution)

    Primary Instruments

    • Bass - Double/Electric
    • Cello
    • Guitar - acoustic
    • Guitar - electric
    • Voice

    Software

    • GarageBand

    Affiliations

    • THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)
    • ASCAP