A broad emotional palette, capable of expressing tenderness and acceptance and disarming openheartedness, undergird this winning disc, a front-runner, for this year’s Northwest best album of the year.
– Earshot Jazz Magazine, March 2009
Rochelle House is a Seattle-based vocalist/songwriter/recording artist/educator and social activist. After spending 20 years raising children exclusively, she is an active member of Seattle’s jazz/music community. Her debut disc Dreams of Love earned her a nomination for Earshot’s Golden Ear Awards in the “Vocalist of the Year” category. Her second CD Water earned her nominations for both “Vocalist of the Year” and “Recording of the Year.”
Rochelle’s cross-genre musical compositions and performances have led to the creation of New House Orchestra, an ensemble of emerging musical talent. Composed of individuals whose genius lies not only in their ability to express themselves in the genre in which they were trained but also in their unique ability and willingness to create music outside of “genre” and inside the present moment, with a joyful and careful abandon.
New House Orchestra members include Evan Flory-Barnes, Andy Coe, D’Vonne Lewis, Teo Shantz, Owuor Arunga, Thione Diop, and Kate Olson.
Rochelle was also the founder and director of a Neighbor Children’s Choir, which was free to the children of the neighborhood and welcomed children of all abilities to come together and sing. She spent time in 2017 teaching music to children in Punjab India.
She is dedicated to combining her passion for music with her deeply felt responsibilities to the people of the world. As a student of antiracism, she is willing to look critically at herself and the institutions that she works with to create the best possible experience for everyone.