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Rachel Kara Pérez is a​n award-winning ​singer and actress based in New York City. ​With a​ ​repertoire ranging from classical to Afro-Cuban Jazz, she has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Recent performances include:

*NEW WORKS FOR LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA with the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center as well as Aaron Davis Hall;

*SALSA MEETS JAZZ, a concert through the Jazz Foundation of America for musicians in Puerto Rico at (le) poisson rouge, with the Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band, featuring: David Amram, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Fania All Star Eddie Montalvo, vocalists Brenda Feliciano and Antoinette Montague, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Winner Larry Harlow, The Original Last Poet Felipe Luciano, poet Mariposa, and NEA Jazz Masters Paquito D’Rivera, Candido, and Jimmy Owens;

*The World Premiere of CONVICTED, a new play by Riley Thomas in the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival; Broadway Close Up: One Hit Wonders, a concert at Merkin Hall led by Tony Nominee Mark Jacoby; a vocalist for choreographer Beth Gill’s CATACOMB; dancer/vocalist in The Sound of His Living by Bianca Johnson & Dancers; Charlie in Newton’s Cradle directed by Victoria Clark at the New York Musical Festival; and The Concubine in Art of Memory, a new opera workshopped through American Opera Projects.

A member of Actors’ Equity and a Latin Grammy nominated musician, Rachel Kara is a former recipient of the Tito Puente Scholarship Fund, was a recipient of the Lys Symonette Award in The Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition, and an Outstanding Individual Performance Award from the New York Musical Festival. She holds a Master’s Degree in Classical Voice from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts, ​minoring in Sociology ​from Marymount Manhattan College.  In addition to performing, she is a Teaching Artist; involved with Theatre Development Fund (TDF), Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), Symphony Space, and R.Evolución Latina, working to uplift and educate children through the arts.

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