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Composer of the Month July 2024: Rachel Grimes

Rachel GrimesRachel Grimes is a composer and pianist based in Kentucky who creates music for chamber ensembles, orchestras, film, multi-media installations, and collaborative live performances. Heralded “one of American independent music’s few truly inspired technicians” by WIRE magazine, she has toured worldwide as a solo pianist, and as a collaborator with various artists/ensembles, and has frequently appeared at the Big Ears Festival. Her work has been performed by the Louisville Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, A Far Cry, Longleash Trio, and the Dublin Guitar Quartet among others. Recent releases include NPR’s Top Ten Albums of 2022 pick and Grammy-nominated The Blue Hour (co-created with Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, Sarah Kirkland Snider on Nonesuch/New Amsterdam Records 2022), The Way Forth, a folk opera and film tracing generations of Kentucky history through women’s voices (Temporary Residence 2019), Wove It Into Cloth (Deutsche Grammophon 2019), and the soundtrack to The Doctor From India (2018). She is a member of King’s Daughters & Sons (Chemikal Underground), and was a founding member of the ground-breaking indie chamber group Rachel’s with whom she released six albums (Quarterstick/Touch and Go Records). Her works are published by Mossgrove Music (BMI).

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