Colored by the sounds, textures and experiences of a lifetime of travel, from the Alaskan Bush to the Middle East, Rafe Pearlman’s music is in a word inspiring. A study of contradictions and then some, his voice and music has been described as: eccentric, passionate, cerebral, gentle, poignant, earthy, and reflective.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Cape Cod, Alaska and California, by wandering artists, he began making visual art with his first steps and started pursuing music in his teenage years; getting his start in the Seattle Grunge music scene of the late 80’s and early 90’s. A growing interest in mysticism drove Rafe down new pathways, leading him through many bands, styles and lands – from world influenced trance and sacred music to pulsing ethereal brit rock to swampy raw soul blues – one thing has remained constant, his passion to explore new terrains in sound.
From Seattle, New York and Los Angeles to Canada, Australia and Israel, Rafe has shared the stage with Zakir Hussain, Brandi Carlile, Babatunde Olatunji, Candlebox, Cheikh Lo, Sheva, George Brooks, Sky Cries Mary, Jai Uttal, Paul Winter and Ashish Khan.
Rafe’s writing, recordings, performances and experiences will be offered here in frequent updates, and we welcome you to stay tuned, to share with others, join in and become a part of the journey…