|Occupation(s)||Vocalist, musician, singer-songwriter|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, keyboards, oboe, cor anglais, violin, viola, percussion|
|Associated acts||Cat's Eyes|
Rachel Zeffira is a Canadian soprano, composer and multi-instrumentalist currently based in London, England. She is also one half of the duo Cat's Eyes, the other being Faris Badwan of The Horrors.
Zeffira was working as an opera singer and classical musician when she first met Badwan. The two friends began to write songs together and formed the band Cat's Eyes. The duo made their first public appearance at the Vatican, where they performed one of their songs as a mass setting, with church organ and choir during a service at St. Peter's Basilica. Cat's Eyes were signed by Polydor in 2010 and released their eponymous debut album in April 2011. The album received positive press and critical acclaim. During this time, Zeffira appeared in Vogue magazine, and was shot by the photographer Ian Rankin for the cover of Dazed & Confused alongside Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream.
Zeffira's first solo album, The Deserters, was released 10 December 2012 on RAF Records in Europe and Paper Bag Records in North America. The title track was chosen for the trailer to the final season of the TV program Skins. Zeffira received positive press for the debut and the album was listed in The Times Top 5 albums of 2012 in spite of its late release date.
Film score compositions
Zeffira is listed as composer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, musician and soprano on the Cat's Eyes soundtrack (released in February 2015) for the 2014 film The Duke of Burgundy, directed by Peter Strickland. The score received positive press and majority 5-star reviews. On 7 November 2015, it was announced that Zeffira and Badwan had won the European Film Award for Best Composer.
- Broken Glass EP (2011, Polydor)
- Cat's Eyes (2011, Polydor)
- The Duke of Burgundy (2015, RAF/Caroline International)
- Treasure House (2016, Kobalt Label Services)
- The Deserters (2012, RAF)
- "Here on In" (2012, RAF)
- "Break the Spell" (2012, RAF)
- Tucker, Rebecca. "Canadian opera singer, British rock star hook up at the Vatican". National Post. 24 January 2011.
- Rachel Zeffira's Vatican connections/MTV  Retrieved 25 September 2013
- Metacritic 18 reviews  Retrieved 25 September 2013
- Vogue artist of the week  Retrieved 20 August 2012
- Dazed and Confused magazine cover with Bobby Gillespie Retrieved 5 December 2013
- Rachel Zeffira for Skins Retrieved 25 September 2013
- BBC album review Retrieved 14 November 2012
- The Observer album review Retrieved 14 November 2012
- The Times, 21 Dec.2012
- Times live review Retrieved 25 May 2013
- The Independent live review Retrieved 14 November 2012
- Glastonbury's opening act  Retrieved 25 August 2013
- NPR All Things Considered Retrieved 25 August 2013
- Q with Jian Ghomeshi Retrieved 5 December 2013
- Times review  Retrieved 11 Nov 2015
- The Guardian review Retrieved 11 Nov 2015
- Hollywood Reporter  Retrieved 11 Nov 2015
- Lanham, Tom. "The Horrors’ Faris Badwan sees new success with Cat’s Eyes". The San Francisco Examiner. 2 February 2011.
- NME interview ."Horrors' Faris Badwan launches new band at the Vatican". 24 January 2011.
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