press

"Elliott is the Jaco Pastorius of the bassoon, sweeping between glowing bass parts and sweet, yearning melodies in the highest register."
  —John L. Walters, The Guardian (UK)


"one of the sharpest executors of new-music currently on the scene"
  —WQXR/Q2 Music Album of the Week for 9/20/11


"Rachael Elliott [...] wowed the audience with David A. Lang's Press Release"
  —Classical Voice of North Carolina


"Elliott [is] in her musical element, producing a beautiful focused tone in all ranges of the bassoon. [She] makes easy work of the Lang's acrobatic writing, leaping effortlessly from one end of the instrument's range to the other."
  —Mike Telin, Cleveland Classical


"a charismatic exploitation of a chamber group's nimbleness"
  —Deanne Sole, PopMatters


"Polka the Elk is Rachael Elliott's latest release and changes the complexion of what the bassoon can do and be as a solo instrument. [...] This is music to be felt, spurring thoughts and feelings, colors and moods. Perfect for a rainy afternoon, or just watching the snow float down, 'Polka the Elk' will take you out of yourself."
  —Sherri Rase, [Q]onStage


"Rachael Elliott's bassoon can interlace in cool, clear lines or wail away dissonantly."
  —Franklin Bruno, Time Out New York


"you drift from one mood to another with a strange feeling of being lost on a numb dream drama taking place on some ancestral foggy forest"
  —Adriano Esteves, Collectables music blog


"Elliott performed David Lang's (b. 1957) virtuosic 'Press Release' for solo bassoon with flair."
  —Jim Lowe, Rutland Herald and Times Argus


"Voisins builds hypnotically around an almost rockist riff that is gradually suffused by a smoky bassoon melody reminiscent of Ravel."
  —David Peschek, 5-Star review of Clogs at London Jazz Festival, The Guardian (UK)


"Vermont has an outstanding bassoonist in Elliott, who has performed in many parts of the world. She displayed a comfortable virtuosity and a natural musicality [...] Throughout, Elliott was impressive, and the MCOS accompanied sensitively."
  —Jim Lowe, Barre-Montpelier Times Argus


"Bassoonist Rachael Elliott plays beautifully throughout and also improvises nicely when called on to do so."
  —Ronald Klimko, CD review, International Double Reed Society Journal


> Download:  Rachael Elliott's press kit [70 KB pdf]

> WQXR's The New Canon:  "The Bassoon-er State"
live chat with host Olivia Giovetti and composer Padma Newsome, 10/28/11

> Reviews of performances/recordings with Clogs:  clogsmusic.com