RABBIT RABBIT is:
Carla Kihlstedt (voice, violin)
Matthias Bossi (drums, percussion, keyboards, voice, bass harmonica)
We are sometimes joined by:
Jon Evans (bass, guitar, lap steel)
Rabbit Rabbit is the song-spinning duo of Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi. Collectively, this husband and wife team are founding members of the iconic bands Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Tin Hat, 2 Foot Yard, Causing a Tiger, The Book of Knots, and Fred Frith’s Cosa Brava, and have played with Tom Waits, Mike Patton, Skeleton Key, Madeleine Peyroux, Tracy Chapman, John Vanderslice, St. Vincent, Carla Bozulich, Pretty Lights and The Tiger Lillies. Between them they have written music for the International Contemporary Ensemble, The Bang On a Can All-stars, The ROVA Saxophone Quartet, InkBoat, The Joe Goode Performance Group, and Team Meat.
These musical friendships have influenced them profoundly, but in Rabbit Rabbit, they peel it all back to reveal an intimate and dramatic music that is all their own. Drawing on their love of art song, folk song, industrial music, improvised music and heart-wrenching balladry, and rendered on a motley assortment of acoustic instruments, their songs are raw and beautiful, sparse and rich, lighthearted and full of pathos. They will make you dance and cry alternately, and sometimes in quick succession.
When the stars align, and they often do, they are joined by engineer/producer/bassist/guitarist Jon Evans whom you may know from his work with Tori Amos, Linda Perry and many others (jonevansmusic.com).
RABBIT RABBIT RADIO
In keeping with their fiercely independent nature, in February, 2012, they launched Rabbit Rabbit Radio as a way to connect with their listeners in a more meaningful way in this post-label world. For three years, on the first day of every month, they released a new Rabbit Rabbit song to their subscribers, along with homemade videos, photos, and other (arguably) relevant insights and secrets. They then re-order, master and release each year’s output as an album.
Rabbit Rabbit Radio, Volume 3 – Year of the Wooden Horse marks the culmination of their third and last song-a-month year. They have just closed their self-styled subscription site, and are re-opening with the new subscription service offered by Bandcamp – a company tenaciously dedicated to enabling independent musicians like Rabbit Rabbit.
You can browse all of their albums HERE while you ponder the considerable benefits of subscribing to their feed, not the least of which is that you’ll be supporting the creation of their newest project – a song cycle about the ocean – in the most direct way possible. Read on…
SONGS FROM A CHANGING SEA
As residents of Woods Hole, MA – one of the primary centers in the US for oceanographic research – they are writing a song cycle about the ocean. They’ve teamed up with research scientist, Taylor Heyl (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute), and radio producer, Melissa Allison (WNYC’s Radio Rookies, The Kitchen Sisters), and will interview people whose lives revolve around the sea. These interviews will provide the backbone of the piece.
When Rabbit Rabbit performs this evening-length piece, they’ll be supported by an expanded lineup of musicians including Jay Flower (electronics), George Ban-Weiss (bass) and Mike Abraham (guitar). Learn more about them in the “Our Collaborators” section of the site.
People who subscribe to their Bandcamp feed will not only be directly supporting the ocean project, but will be able to follow along with their research, and listen to sketches of their songs as they emerge. They plan to create a podcast documenting the research and development of the project.