Rachel Golub is a violinist, vocalist, string arranger and session artist of many colors and sounds, performing with artists ranging from Sting, Elliott Sharp, Damon Albarn and Lady Gaga to Jay-Z, Iggy Pop, Andrea Bocelli, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith and Suzanne Vega. Her project Go-Ray & Duke, featured in Yoga Journal, is lauded as "simply hypnotic".
As an arranger and session artist, her performances can be heard on recordings with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Goldspot, EarthRise SoundSystem, Chromeo, The Walkmen (Lisbon), Philip Phillips, Ryuchi Sakamoto, Nancy Magarill, Modern English, Lucy Woodward and many others. As her alter-ego, Go-Ray, she released 'The Yoga Sessions: Go-Ray & Duke’ on Yoga Organix, and also produced and performed 'Mozart: The Yoga Sessions'. Rachel also appears on forthcoming records from James Taylor, Billy Porter, Ute Lemper, Roger Waters and others.
In New York, Rachel can be heard leading improvising ensembles like Ensemble Sospeso and the Club Foot Orchestra; performing with the Sirius Quartet, Scorchio String Quartet or members of FLUX; and accompanying dance from Shen Wei to Merce Cunningham Company. She is a frequent player with Elliott Sharp's Orchestra Carbon, and was featured in 2010 at the Whitney Museum's Christian Marclay Festival.
After receiving her BA in Classics from Yale, she studied violin with Lorand Fenyves, and also became a disciple of Indian classical music with sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez.
Rachel is often seen with Orchestra of St. Luke's, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, SEM Ensemble, Sympho, Princeton Symphony and other symphonic engagements ranging from Star Wars in Concert to Pierre Hughye’s Antarctic orchestra for 'a journey that wasn’t'. Recent chamber music series appearances have been Con Vivo, Lake Tahoe Summerfest, and Musica Viva. International solo appearances include Lisbon, Mumbai and Bangkok.
New projects: Amayo's Fu Ark-is-tra, Alex Skolnick's Planetary Coalition, and the Liminophone, Rachel's collaboration with composer-programmer-shredder Nick Didkovsky, with her own video art exploring the surreality of water.
Rachel was the violin soloist with the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre's klezmer band for their production of On Second Avenue, and the BQE Project's The Golem, featured live on WNYC. She was also the concertmaster and soloist for the 2011-2012 national tour of Fiddler on the Roof, prompting the release of her judaica album, 'Songs from my Soul'. Rachel has also played concertmaster for West Side Story, and Matilda the Musical on Broadway.
She is featured on White Swan, EMI and Chesky Records, and in Universal and Warner Bros. pictures including Music & Lyrics. Her songs have been licensed for both Canadian and American television.
Rachel is an avid distance-swimmer specialising in very cold temperatures, known for two major Patagonian swims: the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel. She has also circumnavigated Manhattan. These days, mostly, you can find her swimming year-round in south Brooklyn, always in no more than a bikini, cap, and goggles.
photo of RG above: anjali bhargava
photo: derek beres