Rabbit Rabbit (Carla Kihlstedt & Matthias Bossi), Rupa
Thursday, July 10, 2014, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

co-bill of delightful improvisational, eclectic musical styles

$20 advance / $22 door

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July 10 8:00 pm

Rabbit RabbitRabbit Rabbit is Carla Kihlstedt on violin and vocals, and Matthias Bossi on drums, percussion, keyboards, bass harmonica, and vocals. The wife-husband duo are founding members of the iconic bands Tin Hat, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, 2 Foot Yard, Causing a Tiger, The Book of Knots, and Fred Frith’s Cosa Brava, and they’ve played with such artists as Tom Waits, Madeleine Peyroux, Tracy Chapman, and St. Vincent. Together or individually, they’ve composed music for the Joe Goode Performance Group, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, InkBoat, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Bang On A Can All-Stars, and Team Meat. Their music draws on their love of art song, folk song, industrial music, improvisation, and heart-wrenching balladry to create songs that are raw and beautiful, simultaneously sparse and rich, lighthearted and full of pathos. Evidently there’s an old New England folk tradition that if you say “rabbit, rabbit” on the first day of the month, you’ll have good luck – and if you subscribe to Rabbit Rabbit Radio, you’ll get a new song every month. Their album Rabbit Rabbit Radio, Vol. 1 collects the first batch of those songs. The website PopMatters calls it “a tremendous listen, a gripping journey through a rich sonic landscape.” Rabbit Rabbit puts out music that stretches your musical boundaries and makes you think and feel.

RupaRupa is the composer, bandleader and front woman for the global alternative SF-based group Rupa & the April Fishes. Her music draws its inspiration in part from her work as a physician at UCSF, where she accompanies patients through critical moments of transformation. Over the past eight years, she has led the band through intensely diverse performance experiences around the world, from playing the Philharmonic in Luxembourg to playing the slums of Ahmedabad, India, from playing seated concerts to touring 350 miles around the SF Bay on bicycle.

She is currently writing an intimate new body of music examining her own transformation in becoming a mother, reflecting on the resilience and tenderness of the embodied experience and the temporary nature of our lives. She will be sharing some old songs and some new examples of this songwriting in small format together with longtime collaborator drummer Aaron Kierbel, violinist Matt Szemela and several guest musicians. This special performance at the Freight & Salvage, in collaboration with another new mother, Carla Kihlstedt, is an opportunity to hear the stories and more subtle aspects of Rupa's work.

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Rabbit Rabbit photo by Eurydice Galka

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