An ethereal and meditative soundtrack album from pianist and composer Rachel Grimes (Rachel's, King's Daughters & Sons), The Doctor from India features piano, violin, harp, saxophone, and strings interspersed with ambient sound design. Created for a new documentary film by Jeremy Frindel, this score provides a thematically unified sound scape to support the inspiring story of Dr. Vasant Lad, a holistic health pioneer whose approach centers around the ancient practice of Ayurveda.
Louisville-based avant-garde chamber group Rachel's present the vinyl debut of their 2003 full-length album systems/layers. This double LP album release also includes the vinyl debut of Rachel's 2005 EP, Technology Is Killing Music. Numerous recording sessions make up systems/layers, home recordings, field recordings, and several large ensemble sessions with members of the Louisville Orchestra. Preliminary work for systems/layers began in 1997, when Rachel's took to the streets of NYC armed with a DAT recorded in search of interesting sounds. This project, intended to address the issues of modern urban life, was set aside while other projects kept the band's attention. However, when Rachel's started working with the innovative New York based SITI theatre group in 2000, these recordings were given an environment to be completed.
Included on the last side of this 2xLP release, Technology Is Killing Music is an ideal companion to systems/layers. Assembled in the same cut up style, this 20-minute EP is a long-form suite comprised of material sourced from studio sessions, live performances and field recordings.
Rachel has released her debut full-length, Sing To Your Mountain, on Great Comfort Records. A bit of a family affair, the album was produced by her brother Daniel Smith (Danielson Famile), features a cover of Danielson's "Southern Paws," and features her father Lenny Smith on the album's closing track. It's a folk-inspired album with splashes of psychedelia, a bit of that off-kilter Danielson Famile sensibility (of which she was/is a member since the band's incepetion) and a spiritual focus representative of the releases on GCR.
Following six albums with indie-classical ensemble Rachel's (Touch & Go/Quarterstick), Book of Leaves is the first solo release by Rachel Grimes. Released in 2009, this suite for solo piano offers sparse, impressionist pieces interspersed with field recordings from her home state of Kentucky.
Marion County 1938 is a chamber suite commissioned from Rachel Grimes in 2010 by the Center for Home Movies for the silent film "Our Day" by Wallace Kelly of Lebanon, KY. This film and soundtrack was the closing work in the feature length 35 mm film collection by Dwight Swanson called "Amateur Night" highlighting amateur short films from American archives, including short home movies by Richard Nixon and Alfred Hitchcock. Recorded live in a church sanctuary with oboe, clarinet, strings, harp, and piano, Marion County 1938 was released as a tour EP in the fall of 2011. The DVD comes with high-resolution digital music files, the full film "Our Day", and silent film extras of Wallace Kelly's travelogues.
Rachel Grimes is a pianist, composer, and arranger based in Kentucky - most renowned for her work in Rachel's, the groundbreaking chamber-rock ensemble that introduced an entire generation of underground rock fans to the unexpected similarities and appeal of neoclassical music. Grimes has toured the world as a solo pianist, and as a collaborator with chamber ensembles such as Portland Cello Project, astrÃ¯d, Cicada, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta trio, and Orchestra Kandinskij. Unhurried, at times fleeting, and stretching into the sky, The Clearing is a winding path of transient moments exploring personal memory, relationships, and mystery from a deeply internal place. The music is a wide spectrum of textures in strings, harp, piano, woodwinds, and percussion. Featuring an ensemble that includes Scott Morgan (LOSCIL), Scott Moore, Kyle Crabtree (Shipping News), Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Jacob Duncan (Liberation Prophecy), and Helen Money, The Clearing reveals a broad new chapter for Rachel Grimes.
Fakerie is a digital sÃ©ance of aural and visual sculptures by the New Zealand artist Rachel Shearer, formerly known as Lovely Midget. Filmed in an environment to facilitate focused listening, Fakerie is as much for the ears as the eyes. Glowing white lights ebb and expand from darkness in shifting series — like clustered stars — as penetrating resonances of acoustic and electronic overtones decompose into the tiniest sand-like components. Traces of Mary Lucier’s mid-1970s burn films and Francois Bayle’s musical investigation into the physical and psychical world is present. The specially programmed Region 0 (free)/NTSC format DVD plays in constant loop. Its 22-minutes can be expanded into hours allowing the user to immerse themselves in the work. This DVD is Shearer’s first long-form film release. In the past 20 years she has released records on Siltbreeze, Xpressway, Flying Nun, Corpus Hermeticum and Ecstatic Peace as Lovely Midget and with Queen Meanie Puss and Angelhead. Packaged in a mini-LP-styled gatefold book, this set also contains a 20-page booklet investigating the ghosts, distances and signals of fakerie.