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Tin Hat

The Rain Is A Handsome Animal: 17 Songs From E.E. Cummings

Tin Hat: The Rain Is A Handsome Animal: 17 Songs From E.E. Cummings (New Amsterdam Records)

Tin Hat (Carla Kihlstedt, Ben Goldberg, Rob Reich, Mark Orton) plays 17 songs based from the poetry of E.E Cummings, introspective and melodic pieces that range from joyful to sinister, moving through a variety of musical styles.
 

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UPC: 884501749763

Label: New Amsterdam Records
Catalog ID: NWAM040
Squidco Product Code: 16928

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by Mark Orton at Dead Aunt Thelma's, Portland, OR.


Personnel:

Carla Kihlstedt-voice, violins, viola, bass harmonica

Ben Goldberg-clarinet, contra alto clarinet

Rob Reich-accordion, piano

Mark Orton-guitar, dobro, pump organ, prepared piano

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track listing:


1. A Cloud On A Leaf 4:01

2. The Rain Is A Handsome Animal 4:24

3. Sweet Spring (Arr. C. Kihlstedt And M. Orton) 4:24

4. If Up's The Word 4:50

5. Open His Head 2:49

6. Unchanging 3:41

7. Buffalo Bill 3:33

8. Enormous Room 7:15

9. So Shy Shy Shy 1:41

10. 2 Little Whos 4:41

11. Yes Is A Pleasant Country 2:46

12. Grapefruit 6:09

13. Human Rind 4:42

14. Anyone Lived In A Pretty How Town 4:31

15. Diminutive 2:28

16. Little I 3:49

17. Now (More Near Ourselves Than We) 3:20
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"17 Songs From E.E. Cummings - The music of Tin Hat is born of long-standing friendships and deep musical connections. It is subtle, introspective and generous, with the uncanny ability to be both melancholy and joyful, sprightly and sinister. Collectively, the group's writing focuses on evocative melodies, subtle textures and elegant arrangements, moving through the musical languages of folk, classical, Americana, and countless others."-New Amsterdam Records


Artist Biographies:

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

She is a founding member of Tin Hat Trio (1997, 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), 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.

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."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carla_Kihlstedt)
8/9/2018

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"Ben Goldberg is an American clarinet player and composer. Born August 8, 1959 (age 58) in Denver, Colorado.

He grew up in Denver, Colorado. Goldberg grew up playing clarinet, playing in school bands, and has an undergraduate music degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master of Arts in composition from Mills College. He was a pupil of clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo, and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. Interested in the intersection between jazz (the music) and clarinet (the instrument), Goldberg started exploring the rich clarinet traditions found in klezmer music.

After a stint with the Bay Area band The Klezmorim, he branched out and created his own band, the New Klezmer Trio, named after the New Tango Quintet,[citation needed] with Dan Seamans and Kenny Wollesen. This was the first of many ensembles that Goldberg would lead and/or participate in, primarily in and around the Bay Area. The New Klezmer Trio has produced three albums and the free improvisation on "Masks and Faces" was described as having "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music." Goldberg's musicality is inspiring, to audiences and to his fellow musicians; "Sometimes the most influential musicians are the ones who don't call much attention to themselves. Take Berkeley clarinetist Ben Goldberg, who for the past two decades has quietly inspired some of the Bay Area's most creative musicians."

In addition to composing for and playing in the Ben Goldberg Quintet, he has performed in the groups Tin Hat, Plays Monk, Myra Melford's Be Bread, Nels Cline's New Monastery, Afterlife Music Radio, and Go Home. The eleven-piece Ben Goldberg's Brainchild performs his on-the-spot compositions.

Goldberg has played with Bill Frisell, Don Byron, Ellery Eskelin, Jenny Scheinman, John Zorn, Mark Dresser, Mark Feldman, Miya Masaoka, Roswell Rudd, Steven Bernstein, Vijay Iyer, Wayne Horvitz, and Zeena Parkins.

Goldberg is also the founder of the music label BAG Production.

Recently Goldberg has branched out into songwriting. His "Orphic Machine" project, largely commissioned by Chamber Music America, premiered at the Jewish Music Festival in March 2012 and was also performed in Los Angeles, California. The song-cycle is based on the writings of Allen Grossman and, for one critic, "the piece's thoughtful, sprawling compositions course through such a variety of styles and open-ended impulses that it would be tempting to dub this a new kind of world music." Regarding songwriting and composing, in a 2010 profile piece in All About Jazz, Goldberg said, "I don't just want to give people something that they can appreciate or understand, or that makes them think, or something like that. I used to kind of feel that that's what I wanted to do, but that's not what I want anymore. I want to give people something that they can love." "

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Goldberg)
8/9/2018

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