In this episode of LIVE: Front & Center, the Women’s International Music Network welcomes alt-folk-pop composer, producer, and poet Rachael Sage! 

WiMN member Myki Angeline talks with 6-time Independent Music Award winner Rachael Sage about her newest music project, Poetica, an adventurous fusion of poetry with jazz, classical and Americana musical elements in the vein of Leonard Cohen and Laurie Anderson.

The project began as a duo collaboration under lockdown between Sage and her longtime cellist Dave Eggar (Esperanza Spalding, Duncan Sheik, Corinne Bailey Rae), Poetica soon evolved into a full-blown, cinematic spoken word album. Sage shares with Myki what it was like producing and engineering the project while in isolation, and with limited gear she just happened to have with her while on tour. The project was mixed by Grammy® winner Andy Zulla (The Sweet Remains, Stephen Kellogg). From over 200 poems written both during and prior to the global lockdown, Eggar volunteered to help Sage select the 18 spoken-word pieces that eventually comprised the album.  Learn more about Poetica and tour dates here.

About Rachael Sage

Rachael steadily released many albums and has toured with an eclectic list of artists including Ani DiFranco, Beth Hart, Sarah McLachlan, Judy Collins and Howard Jones. She has 22 songs on top reality show Dance Moms, translating into over 10 million YouTube hits. Her single and video, “Blue Sky Days”, was originally composed as a meditation on gratitude in the midst of her own recent cancer recovery, but has taken on new resonance during Covid-19. Her newest project ‘Poetica’ is a creatively ambitious musical spoken word project distilling a poetic spirit through text, voice and music in the spirit of Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith and Laurie Anderson.

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