Critically acclaimed artist Carla Kihlstedt (Tin Hat Trio, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, 2 Foot Yard, The Book of Knots) and husband Matthias Bossi (Skeleton Key, The Book of Knots, Mike Patton, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) have teamed up for their new group Rabbit Rabbit. The pair are set for the release of their first album, Rabbit Rabbit Radio, Volume 1, August 6 on their own label, Rabbit Rabbit Records. Kihlstedt and Bossi worked estensively with their frequent collaborator, bassist, guitarist, engineer and producer Jon Evans (Tori Amos, Ben Folds, Bill Frisell) on Volume 1 as well as with producer Joel Hamilton. The track “Curious One” from Volume 1 is currently premiering at ALARM and can be streamed/shared at http://bit.ly/YW80oe.
“Writing songs is the art of putting a frame around a story.” Kihlstedt notes. “We try to be faithful to what each story needs rather than being faithful to a particular style or genre.” Bossi adds that “we draw on our love of classical music and all of its intricacy and detail. We revel in the simplicity of a backbeat with blocky chords. We nerd out to prog-rock. We swoon over melody-masters Bacharach and Bowie. And we execute it all on a carefully selected acoustic sound palate.”
Volume 1 is the product of a year’s writing. The songs were recorded at Kihlstedt and Bossi’s home studio in Cape Cod, Evans’ Brick Hill Studio and Hamilton’s Studio G in Brooklyn. In early 2012, Kihlstedt and Bossi launched their audio/video subscription service, Rabbit Rabbit Radio. With these songs now available to the general public for the first time, Kihlstedt and Bossi plan to take Rabbit Rabbit on the road this summer; tour dates will be announced shortly.
Violinist, vocalist and composer Carla Kihlstedt is best known as a founding member of an array of avant-garde, rock, neo-classical and Americana groups including Tin Hat Trio, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, 2 Foot Yard, Causing a Tiger, and Minamo. She’s written critically acclaimed pieces for the International Contemporary Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars and the ROVA Saxophone Quartet and has contributed to recordings of Tom Waits, Mike Patton, Fred Frith, Madeline Peyroux and many more. She currently serves on the faculty of New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department. Her husband and bandmate Matthias Bossi has performed beside her in Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and The Book of Knots, and has worked with Mike Watt, St. Vincent, Mike Patton, Pretty Lights and John Vanderslice.