Mischievous and deeply original, accordionist Rachelle Garniez plays her own witty songs and gives a beautiful swing to the classics.

Why you should listen

Rachelle Garniez inhabits a skewed musical universe of accordions, ocarinas and women who growl like Tom Waits. Her brilliant playing has landed her gigs with musicians such as Rufus Wainwright and Dan Zanes, and she prowls around the neo-cabaret scene with her band the Fortunate Few. She's also a musical co-director of the theatrical troupe The Citizens Band.

Her latest album with the Fortunate Few is 2008's The Melusine Years.

What others say

“I had never heard of Rachelle but I was instantly taken with her music, her oddball stage presence and her funny lyrics. She's a brilliant solo accordionist, coming from a very musical family and with strong European, Louisiana and Americana roots. She started up an intro on accordion and it was clear right away she's a great technician with a lot of feeling. Then she broke into song: "I'm a sucker for a broken nose…" and it went on intriguingly from there!” — Thomas Dolby

Rachelle Garniez’s TED talks

Rachelle Garniez on the TED Blog

4 great talks for International Women's Day

March 8, 2009

To celebrate March 8, International Women’s Day, we suggest these four TEDTalks gems from some amazing speakers — artists, scientists and economists who think deeply about the role of women. Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, feminism — and the power of passionate thinkers and doers: The former Finance Minister of Nigeria, Ngozi […]

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Thomas Dolby warms up for TED2008

February 22, 2008

TED’s Musical Director, Thomas Dolby, is blogging about his preparations for the conference — choosing music, working with the amazing house band and special guests … And he plans to blog about TED music regularly from Monterey, throughout the conference. As he writes: So what’s the role of music in all of this? Well, imagine […]

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