I’m very excited to be apart of the amazing musical compositions and conversations of Rachel Grimes, along with cellist Helen Money for two March shows. The trio will perform new arrangements, including Compound Leaves, March 27th ( The Green Building, Louisville, KY) and 30th (BIG EARS FESTIVAL, Knoxville, TN).
Rachel Grimes is heralded “one of American independent music’s few truly inspired technicians” by WIRE magazine and included among NPR’s 100 Composers under 40, Rachel Grimes is a pianist, composer, and arranger based in Kentucky. Rachel has toured the US and Europe extensively as a solo pianist, and as a collaborator with chamber ensembles astrïd (Rune Grammofon), Amsterdam Sinfonietta trio, and Orchestra Kandinskij among others. She has shared the stage with many kindred spirits such as Nils Frahm, On Filmore, Shannon Wright, the Frames, Matmos, PJ Harvey, Nina Nastasia, Helen Money, and Dustin O’Halloran, and has performed at some of the world’s most diverse music and art festivals including All Tomorrow’s Parties (curated by Shellac), CrossLinx in Netherlands and Approximation Festival in Germany. Grimes may be most widely recognized as the composer and pianist in the influential post-rock chamber ensemble, Rachel’s, with whom she toured and released six albums including the celebrated Music for Egon Schiele and systems/layers (Quarterstick/Touch and Go). She is also a member of Louisville band, King’s Daughters & Sons (Chemikal Underground).
Alison Chesley (aka Helen Money) is a cellist who has become known for her adventurous sound, bold compositions, and compelling stage performance. Called “A classical-cellist-turned-avant-metal virtuoso” by the Boston Phoenix, Chesley channels her sensibilities and experience as a rock musician through a classical instrument, altering both genres without apology. She has played on over 150 albums with artists such as Disturbed, Bob Mould, Mono, Anthrax, Broken Social Scene, Russian Circles, and Archer Prewitt among others.