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|Origin||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Genres||Instrumental, post-rock, minimalism, chamber music|
|Past members||Jason Noble (Deceased)
Edward Grimes (Deceased)
Rachel's were an American chamber music group that formed in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1991. Former Rodan guitarist Jason Noble played music individually and referred to himself as Rachel's but then began collaborating with core members violist Christian Frederickson and pianist Rachel Grimes. The group's work was strongly influenced by classical music, particularly inspired by the minimalist music of the late 20th century, and its compositions reflect this. While the trio formed the core part of the band, the group's recordings and performances featured a varying ensemble of musicians, who played a range of string instruments (including viola and cello) in combination with piano, guitars, electric bass guitar, and a drum set that included a large orchestral bass drum. A key influence on the music of Rachel's was the music of the English composer Michael Nyman, whose music the group's work resembles in both instrumentation and compositional style.
A profile of the band is included in the book Second-Hand Stories: 15 Portraits of Louisville by Michael L. Jones.
On August 4, 2012 band member Jason Noble died of cancer.
On March 25, 2017 band member Edward Grimes died.
- Handwriting (1995, Quarterstick Records)
- Music for Egon Schiele (1996, Quarterstick)
- The Sea and the Bells (1996, Quarterstick)
- Selenography (1999, Quarterstick)
- Full On Night Split disc with Matmos (2000, Quarterstick)
- Significant Others (2002, Tour-only CD available at ATP)
- Systems/Layers (2003, Quarterstick)
- Technology Is Killing Music EP (2005, Three Lobed Recordings)
- Christian Frederickson – viola
- Edward Grimes – percussion, vibraphone (deceased)
- Rachel Grimes – piano, organ
- Greg King – vibraphone, djembe, film projections
- Eve Miller – cello
- Jason Noble – guitar, bass (deceased)
Rachel's song "Water from the Same Source" was featured in the movie Hancock, although it did not appear on the official soundtrack. Also it was used in the Italian film The Great Beauty. Furthermore, "Water from the Same Source" was featured in Kirby Ferguson's 4th installment of his "Everything is a Remix" series. Their song "Even/odd" was used in Reha Erdem's film Kosmos. "Lloyd's Register" from the album "The Sea and the Bells" made it to the French movie Une liaison pornographique. Their song "An Evening Of Long Goodbyes" provided the inspiration for the title of Paul Murray's novel of that name.