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Rachel Flowers: Transcending Sight With Music

 

Spotlight On Multi-Talented Instrumentalist and Composer Rachel Flowers

When something gets taken away from us, the natural tendency is to mourn its loss. That was not the case with Rachel Flowers. On December 21, 1993, Rachel arrived into this world 15 weeks premature. She lost her eyesight during her infancy as a result of Retinopathy of Prematurity. Rather than focusing on her loss of sight, she has turned her attention to another sense: hearing.

Rachel learned her first song on the piano at the young age of 2. It was “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and her mother taught it to her hoping it would keep her from banging her toys on the piano. She learned quickly, and was able to pick out and play every song she heard by ear.

By age four, Rachel was studying at the Southern California Conservatory of Music. There, she learned piano, flute, music fundamentals, and Braille Music Code. She also learned to utilize adaptive computer music applications. By the time she graduated high school, Rachel was a decorated classical flutist and jazz pianist. She was even honored with the John Phillip Souza Band Award and the Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for excellence in musicianship.

Today, Rachel is known for her YouTube videos, her talent as a solo artist, and the original material that she is currently composing. She brings her background in jazz and classical music together with a love of progressive rock music to show her listeners who she is without needing to rely on sight!

Rachel Flowers reminds us all of the deep importance of music. It can connect people and inspires us. At the California Jazz & Wine Fest on May 17th, you will have the opportunity to hear talented jazz musicians offer their unique stylings of sound, getting you moving and making you feel through their tunes. Use promo code 15CJWFMOM to save 20%! Get your tickets to hear the amazing artists at the 2015 Fest here!

 

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