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    One of my favourite keyboarders...R.I.P.
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    Keith is gone, but his angel is here on earth.

    A few nights ago I was watching some live Dream Theater on Youtube, and YT suggested a Jordan Rudess track - live at the Keith Emerson Tribute show a few weeks ago, playing "Tarkus". So I listened to that, and Youtube suggested another track from the show, by someone called Rachel Flowers. Who she? It had been taken down, so I searched... and down the rabbit hole I went.

    Here's a short background piece:



    From a TV appearance when she was 17:

    https://youtu.be/zyUQP5r-q5Y

    The list of tracks is in one of the comments.

    Keith Emerson was a big influence on her music as she grew up. She met him a few times. He thought highly of her ability, there is a story that she once made a mistake / reinterpreted one of his pieces. He heard it, and started playing it that way live because, he said, it sounded better that way.

    Here she is jamming on a Hammond C3 and Keith's personal Modular Moog. Not bad, considering she hadn't played a Moog before. Play loud.

    https://youtu.be/FLT3Cb96-Mk

    If you like John Coltrane, try this. The sound isn't great, but the playing is. She's in good company. You can tell they're not expecting much at the beginning but by the end of her solo they're going "holy f...!"

    https://youtu.be/uIv1MXDHObA

    She doesn't just play keyboards. She plays flute, saxophone, guitar and bass guitar, and just about any instrument she picks up. Here she is duelling guitars with Dweezil Zappa and duelling vocals with Ben Thomas...

    https://youtu.be/9RvBMHXLGms

    There are lots of tracks on her Soundcloud channel, includng a couple of original compositions. She plays all the parts. There's a clip somewhere showing her recording to a laptop, using voice response software:

    https://soundcloud.com/rachelflowers-1


    And masses of videos linked on reddit:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/RachelFlowers


    Here's proof, if anyone still needs convincing, that she has a rare talent. She walks up to an instrument she's never played (and will never see), and within 3 minutes she's jamming on a Thelonius Monk piece.

    https://youtu.be/ZqUHW_L6PFs

    Finally, I'm not the most articulate of writers so I'll link to a couple of posts over on progarchive that sum up my feelings better than I could express them:

    http://www.progarchives.com/forum/fo...597183#4597183
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    She doesn't just play keyboards. She plays flute, saxophone, guitar and bass guitar, and just about any instrument she picks up. Here she is duelling guitars with Dweezil Zappa and duelling vocals with Ben Thomas...

    https://youtu.be/9RvBMHXLGms
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    I've heard it said that a lot of people who attended the Emerson tribute a few weeks ago, concertgoers and performers alike, would have been rather disappointed if Rachel weren't performing on the night. Which, as you discovered, she was.

    Thank you for linking those other vids btw, proof that she isn't just an Emmo acolyte.
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    Holy shit.

    I just followed the link to her playing with Zappa and was most impressed. I then went on to links scattered there on YouTube and listened to her doing The Endless Enigma at some trade show, and that just blew my socks off.

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    Some people might put her talent down to savant-like copying, but there's one small piece that, for me, shows that she is so much more: Her version of Jaco Pastorius' "Portrait Of Tracy" on her Soundcloud page.
    https://soundcloud.com/rachelflowers...astorius-cover
    Its such a deceptively simple piece, then you watch the tutorial video where she shows how she worked it out. You can't just copy that without seeing it played...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUriJ6hMpq0

    The comments on that clip are worth reading (expand the comments under the first one by "17drums".)
    I like this one: "Emerson: check. Lake: check. Palmer: watch your back, Dave."

    I'm impressed by the quality of her tracks on Soundcloud. She records them herself, using a laptop with Sonar and screen reader software.
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    Holy shit.

    I just followed the link to her playing with Zappa and was most impressed. ...
    I was also impressed with her singing just after the guitar duel. I think she'd make a good scat singer. She also played on "Inca Roads" and solo'ed "Evelyn". She played at a later gig at the Canyon Club too.
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    This one really belongs in the CAPE zone: An international collaboration playing the Hamburger Concerto, with Rachel Flowers and Jan Akkerman.

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    For people in the UK:

    http://www.careaftercombat.org/event...n-of-his-life/


    Something I found surfing around:

    On September 8, 2013, Keith Emerson premiered one of his pieces with the Orchestre Surreal at the Typhoon Restaurant in Santa Monica. After the performance, he signed his conductor's baton and handed it to Rachel.

    It's almost as if he knew...
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