HOW IT ALL BEGAN
So what IS the Lavender Cloud?
A Hope-filled, Family friendly, Adventurous, live music performance duo and YouTube video series that celebrate the imagination, champion stories of justice and grace and probe the depths of our spiritual lives.
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Video music credit: Rachael Claire, Violin
Updated Dec. 15th, 2019
Rachael Claire is an award winning songwriter, classically trained violist and multi-instrumentalist. Her folk-blues voice is warm and passionate, usually accompanied by piano, viola, ukulele or her rockin’ mandolin. Claire grew up performing in her family folk band, Kinsfolk, since age 12, playing fiddle tunes, world music and original music in West Michigan and Chicago. They recorded an album in 2007. Claire released her first solo album, Fragrance, in 2012. She is working on The Invisible Change Project, a collaborative album project that features songs inspired by the stories of Chicago’s homeless. Her Invisible Change song won the juried award for folk/country in Grand Rapids’ Art Prize in 2016.
Claire holds a Bachelors of Viola Performance from Western Michigan University, studying under Kalamazoo Symphony Principal Violist Igor Fedotov. She has a Masters in Viola Performance from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, studying under internationally known soloist and chamber musician Roger Chase in 2014. She currently teaches Violin, Viola and Songwriting at Bellas Artes School of Music in the greater Chicago area. Claire co-founded The Lavender Cloud band with her husband, Justin Botz in the summer of 2018.
Rachael Claire Eid-Ries passionate and versatile violist, equally at home improvising in folk-roots or gospel ensembles, performing newly commissioned works, and interpreting traditional classical repertoire. Rachael is also a singer songwriter, having released her first album, Fragrance, in 2012. As a participant in the 2013 Fresh Inc Festival, Rachael performed with members of Fifth House Ensemble at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, and at the Make Music Chicago Grand Finale at St. James Cathedral. She returned to Fresh Inc in 2014 to launch The Invisible Change Project, a collaborative album project that features songs inspired by the stories of Chicago’s homeless, to be released in 2017. Rachael graduated from Western Michigan University in April of 2012, studying under Kalamazoo Symphony Principal Violist Igor Fedotov. She received her Masters degree at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, studying under internationally known soloist and chamber musician Roger Chase in 2014.
Lavender Cloud is a collaborative arts collective founded in 2018 made up of Justin Botz and Rachael Claire. They create original, often thoughtful, sometimes silly, always hopeful interdisciplinary art that explores and celebrates humanity’s imperfect expressions of near infinite imagination.
Rachael Claire Botz is an inspirational singer songwriter, folk musician and classical musician with a down-to-earth sound. Her folk-blues voice is warm and passionate, usually accompanied by piano, viola, ukulele or her rockin’ mandolin. She has been going to Wheatland since she was in her mother’s womb, singing since she was small, and performing in her family folk band, Kinsfolk, for over a decade. She plays viola, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, keyboard and sings. Rachael has a master’s degree in Viola Performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago and currently teaches Suzuki violin, viola and songwriting in the Chicago area.
Justin Botz is a hybrid media artist who creates objects and performances that explore the relationship between technology and our spiritual lives. He has worked with some of the leading artists and performance groups in the city of Chicago and graduated from Columbia College in 2015 with an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media. He currently teaches art and technology classes in the city of Chicago and serves on the board of Curious Theatre Branch. www.thelavendercloud.com