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I write evocative solo piano music designed to remind the listener of the beauty in our world and in ourselves.
My debut album, Wandering Soul, was inspired upon coming to New Zealand during a year of worldwide travel. In a beautiful cabin nestled in the Waitakere Ranges, beautiful piano music just began coming to me. Everywhere I turned in our travels through this country brought further inspiration, and I knew I had to make something of it. I released Wandering Soul on May 15, 2017 to international critical acclaim, topping the New Age charts and winning a silver medal for Best New Age Album and Best New Artist with the Global Music Awards.
I'd played the piano since I was a toddler, and as an adult was a classical pianist and piano teacher - but never before had anything like this happened to me. After our year of travels, my partner and I moved to Auckland to make New Zealand our home.
I wrote my second album, Encounters of the Beautiful Kind, during the first year or so of settling into our new home. Inspired by the ups and downs of being a stranger in a new country, the music explores universal human experiences: feelings of loneliness, worries about not being good enough, and the evolution we undergo as existing friendships change or fade while new connections spring to life. It culminates in the realization that as we bear each other up and connect with one another, we make the world a more beautiful place for all of us. Encounters of the Beautiful Kind released on June 1, 2018, having already won a silver medal for Overall Best Album with Global Music Awards.
For more info, streaming music, and other goodies, check out my website http://www.rachellafond.com.
My music is available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and everywhere else digital music is sold and streamed.
I have also put together a Spotify playlist showcasing contemporary New Zealand instrumental artists and composers. Feel free to drop me a line if you know someone I should add!