Carla Kihlstedt

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Carla Kihlstedt
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Carla Kihlstedt performing with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum in Austria in November 2007.
Background information
Born 1971 (age 44–45)[1][2]
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Alternative rock, avant-garde progressive rock, avant-garde music, experimental, free improvisation, art music, contemporary classical music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, violin, electric violin, viola, Stroh violin (trumpet-violin), guitar, bass, autoharp, nyckelharpa (hurdy-gurdy), charango, zither (Marxophone), synthesizer, piano, celesta, organ, pump organ, accordion, bass harmonica, melodica, trumpet, percussion, kalimba, percussion guitar, vibraphone (bowed), wine glasses
Years active 1998–present
Labels Tzadik
Twelve Cups
Associated acts Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Tin Hat
Causing a Tiger
Charming Hostess
2 Foot Yard
Stolen Babies
The Book of Knots
Cosa Brava
Rabbit Rabbit

Carla Kihlstedt (born 1971)[1][2] is an American composer, violinist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and currently working from a home studio on Cape Cod.[3]

She is a founding member of Tin Hat Trio (1997, now renamed Tin Hat), Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, The Book of Knots, Causing a Tiger and Rabbit Rabbit. Other musical projects include 2 Foot Yard, Charming Hostess and Minamo (Carla Kihlstedt & Satoko Fujii). She is a recognized classical composer who has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE),[4] has worked occasionally on projects with Tom Waits and Fred Frith, and recorded numerous albums as a guest or session musician. Kihlstedt has studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music.[5]

In February 2012 she founded Rabbit Rabbit with her husband (and former Sleepytime Gorilla Museum drummer) Matthias Bossi. Rabbit Rabbit released their debut album, Rabbit Rabbit Radio – Vol. 1 in 2013. The band revolves around a song-a-month subscription website called Rabbit Rabbit Radio.[6]


Collaborations and bands[edit]

Phil Gelb, Carla Kihlstedt, John Shiurba, Matthew Sperry
  • 1998–99 – Smoking Balance: The Complete Recordings (Limited Sedition, 2011)
Charming Hostess
  • 1999 – Eat (Vaccination)
  • 2004 – Punch (RēR)
  • 2004 – Sarajevo Blues (Tzadik)
Tin Hat
  • 1999 – Memory Is an Elephant (Angel)
  • 2000 – Helium (Angel)
  • 2002 – The Rodeo Eroded (Ropeadope/Rykodisc)
  • 2004 – Book of Silk (Ropeadope/Rykodisc)
  • 2007 – The Sad Machinery of Spring (Hannibal)
  • 2007 – La giusta distanza (OST, Radiofandango)
  • 2010 – Foreign Legion (BAG)
  • 2012 – The Rain Is a Handsome Animal (New Amsterdam)
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
2 Foot Yard
  • 2003 – 2 Foot Yard (Tzadik)
  • 2008 – Borrowed Arms (Yard Work/CD Baby)
Lesli Dalaba, Fred Frith, Eric Glick Rieman & Carla Kihlstedt
  • 2003 – Dalaba Frith Glick Rieman Kihlstedt (Accretions)
The Book of Knots
  • 2004 – The Book of Knots (Arclight)
  • 2007 – Traineater (ANTI-)
  • 2011 – Garden of Fainting Stars (Ipecac)
Carla Kihlstedt & Shahzad Ismaily
  • 2004 – Flying Low (Holy Night in the Outhouse)
Carla Kihlstedt, Fred Frith & Stevie Wishart
  • 2005 – The Compass, Log and Lead (Intakt)
Carla Kihlstedt & Satoko Fujii
  • 2007 – Minamo (Henceforth)
  • 2009 – Kuroi Kawa ~ Black River (Tzadik)
Cosa Brava
Causing a Tiger
  • 2010 – Causing a Tiger (Les Disques Victo)
  • 2011 – How We Held Our Post (Twelve Cups)
Carla Kihlstedt & Matthias Bossi
  • 2008 – Ravish (And Other Tales for the Stage) with Dan Rathbun (Twelve Cups)
  • 2011 – Still You Lay Dreaming: Tales for the Stage, II (self-released)
  • 2012 – Niagara Falling: Tales for the Stage, III (self-released)
Rabbit Rabbit
  • 2013 – Rabbit Rabbit Radio – Vol. 1 (self-released)
  • 2014 – Rabbit Rabbit Radio – Vol. 2: Swallow Me Whole (self-released)

As a guest or session musician[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Carla Kihlstedt". Celebrity Networth. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Carla Kihlstedt". Other Minds. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  3. ^ "WNYC Sound Check". Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  4. ^ "New York Times". Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  5. ^ "The official Carla Kihlstedt website". Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  6. ^ "Rabbit Rabbit Radio". Rabbit Rabbit Radio. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 

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