RABBIT RABBIT is:
Carla Kihlstedt (voice, violin)
Matthias Bossi (drums, percussion, keyboards, voice, bass harmonica)
Jeremy Flower (guitar, synth)
We are often joined by:
Jon Evans (bass, guitar, lap steel, recording engineer, producer)
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
Carla Kihlstedt, Matthias Bossi & Jeremy Flower, with Jon Evans
Rabbit Rabbit Radio was formed by husband-and-wife song-spinners, composers and sound-makers Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi. They are collectively founding members of the bands Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Tin Hat, 2 Foot Yard, Causing a Tiger, The Book of Knots, and Fred Frith’s Cosa Brava. Between them, they have made music with Tom Waits, Mike Patton, Bill Frisell, Ben Goldberg, Skeleton Key, Madeleine Peyroux, Tracy Chapman, John Vanderslice, St. Vincent, Carla Bozulich, Pretty Lights and The Tiger Lillies. Kihlstedt has written music for the International Contemporary Ensemble, the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Bang On a Can All-Stars, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, and Brooklyn Rider, while Bossi has written extensively for video game creators Team Meat and for many podcasts including This American Life and The Frontline Dispatch.
In the past few years, their collaboration has expanded to include Jeremy Flower, a multi-instrumentalist and composer of acoustic and electronic music, and Jon Evans an internationally renowned bass player, recording engineer and record producer who has toured/recorded with many musicians including Linda Perry, Tori Amos, Chris Cornell and Sarah McLachlan.
Jeremy’s work has landed him on stage as a guest artist with some of the world’s best orchestras as well as with world-renowned electronic producers in experimental, ambient and minimal techno genres. He is part of David Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove project, and has collaborated extensively with Argentine-American composer Osvaldo Golijov, helping to create electronic parts for the Grammy-nominated song cycle Ayre (2006) and one-act opera Ainadamar which won two Grammys (2007) on Deutsche Grammophon.
These diverse musical friendships have influenced them all profoundly, but in the songs they write together, 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 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.
In addition to their four albums, Rabbit Rabbit Radio Volumes 1-4, Rabbit Rabbit Radio worked with director Mark DeChiazza to create a critically acclaimed multi-media rock oratorio about the ocean called Black Inscription, which premiered at NYC’s PROTOTYPE Festival in 2018. All five of these albums are available at rabbitrabbitradio.bandcamp.com.
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.