CHURCH OF BETTY Swirled World 

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Art: Pablo Tauler

"Swirled World manages to fuse infectious high-pop aesthetics with psycho-spiritual inquiry... Like all great art, this latest from Chris Rael both teaches and delights." - Barry Smolin, host of Head Room, KPFK Radio, Los Angeles

"Big smarts with large-hearted emotion, canny wit, and distinctive sounds." - Village Voice

"Wondrously beautiful sound fanning out in all directions." - Heaven

"A joyous celebration of diversity... powerful, heartfelt lyrics... a recipe of auditory delights." - No Depression

"Shimmering melodies... laser-sharp in execution and performance... riveting." - Leading Us Absurd

"Appealingly tuneful and playfully experimental." - George Graham, host of Mixed Bag, WVIA Radio, Pennsylvania

"The band gallops to the finish line like the run of the bulls,,, clever mix of sounds and countries." - Jazz Weekly

"Church of Betty makes the eclectic accessible." - Examiner

"Yet another stellar addition to the catalog... No wonder this band is a favorite among critics." - Babysue

"A surefire guarantee for captivating listening." -  Here Comes the Flood

"If psychedelic rock is your taste, you will find a veritable banquet in Church of Betty." - Doobeedoobeedoo

"Brilliant!" - Lord Litter, Radio on Berlin

"25 years in and Church of Betty can still thrill." - Culture Catch


Swirled World Videos!

CLICK HERE to see Paella, Steve Zehentner's joyous celebration of diversity

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Video still: Steve Zehentner

CLICK HERE to see Jasmine Hirst's hauntingly beautiful video Endure


Video still: Jasmine Hirst

CLICK HERE to see Joan Grossman's wet n soulful take on I Remember You

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Video still: Joan Grossman

CLICK HERE for Eric Wallach's visually poetic dreamscape Wake Up

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Video still: Eric Wallach

CLICK HERE to see Brooklyn Soul, Chris's celebration of the borough of Brooklyn

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Video still: Jasmine Hirstl

2016 Acker Awards

Chris received a 2016 Acker Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to the avant grade arts community in defiance of convention. The award is named after novelist/performance artist Kathy Acker. Click HERE for more.


Art: Clayton Patterson

Chris Rael 365 

In 2015 Chris executed one of the most eclectic and comprehensive song posting projects ever: 1 free Chris song a day posted on Facebook & Twitter for the entire year of 2015. Decades of albums, live concerts, radio appearances & unheard gems from the vaults of bands from Church of Betty to The Hand to collaborations with artists from the famous to the compellingly obscure were delivered daily in a cornucopia of styles, from cutting-edge rock to world pop orchestra to award-winning theatre & film music to Indian classical & folk legends, progressive dance tracks, spoken word, sound collage, Beat poets & mad experimentation. Oasis, David Byrne, Annabella Lwin, Curt Smith, Penny Arcade, Jayne County, Najma, Stew, Shara Worden, White Magic, Elliott Sharp, Samir Chatterjee, Steve Gorn, Ira Cohen & dozens of others were featured throughout the year. The entire project lives on Youtube: CLICK HERE. It is also available on a limited collector's edition thumb drive. SEE DEMO HERE and ORDER IT HERE

Church of Betty

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Chris Cochrane, Chris Rael,  Marlon Cherry, Pinky Weitzman, Brian Geltner, Rima Fand, Claire de Brunner  

Photo: Jasmine Hirst

 Banner photo (top of page): Carlos Hernandez