There is a natural joy in listening to Rivkah's music. She deftly blends honest, universally relatable lyrics with lovely melodies and vocal harmonies, bringing an urban sophistication to the traditional folk style. Fans of Rivkah's music report being touched by her ability to capture the emotional essence of her life experiences and by the authenticity of her writing.
From when she first sat in front of a piano at the age of 3, Rivkah immersed herself in all aspects of music. She mastered both the piano and guitar by ear at age 6. She grew up listening to the giants of the folk and singer-songwriters genres, though her music draws on a diverse range of styles.
Throughout the decades, Rivkah took every opportunity to perform and to develop her gift. In addition to school plays and choirs, she spent summers in musical theatre workshop, served as a camp musical director, and taught music during the school year. Even as she launched her solo career, she was invited to become a member of the prestigious Zamir Chorale, and has performed at Carnegie Hall alongside legendary performers such as Theodore Bikel, Tom Chapin and Cantor Alberto Mizrachi. She was also featured in a PBS documentary performing with Zamir in celebration of Dr. Ruth Westheimer's 80th birthday.
In 1998, she began performing independently in several prominent New York City venues, including The Living Room, Makor and The Bitter End. In 2000, she partnered with another performer to create the folk duo "Molly Pitcher", showcasing her skills in harmonic arrangement. Their first album "Watching The Rain" was chosen by Performing Songwriter Magazine as one of the Top 12 DIY albums of the year. It was also selected as a finalist both at the Kerrville New Folk Music contest (established by Peter Yarrow), the Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase and was featured at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Showcase established by Hal David.
“The songs are melodically sophisticated yet straightforward and call to mind most of the great female artists of the folk revolution. However they don't sound dated or nostalgic. Instead [they] touch on the basic truths that make folk music endlessly relevant to the individual ready to listen.”
- CLAY STEAKLY, PERFORMING SONGWRITER DIY
“A music so true and unaffected that it reincarnates melody as high art. There is simply no saccharine here; Nothing sentimental and yet bitterness and cynicism are also strangely and welcomingly absent. Exactly the fresh new sound a shattered urban scene needs.”
- AKIVA DAUBE, THE WASHINGTON SQUARE NEWS
“Moody, melodic, understated albums like "Watching the Rain" were much more common during the 70's and 80's and hearing it again reminds me of why I fell in love with this music in the first place.”
- JEFF GILL, FOLKIMAGE.COM