Heralded “one of American independent music’s few truly inspired technicians” by WIRE magazine, Rachel Grimes is a pianist, composer, and arranger based in Kentucky. She has toured worldwide as a solo pianist, and her work has been performed by such artists as Longleash, Amsterdam Sinfonietta Trio, Dublin Guitar Quartet, Portland Cello Project, Cicada, Orchestra Kandinskij, Borusan Quartet and Önder sisters, Orchestra Enigmatic, and the Louisville Orchestra. Rachel has performed at some of the world’s most diverse music festivals including Ecstatic Music Festival, Substrata, All Tomorrow’s Parties, P Festival (Taiwan), CrossLinx (Netherlands), Approximation Festival (Germany) and Big Ears in Knoxville, TN. Collaborators include Loscil, SITI Company, astrïd and Sylvain Chauveau, Chris Wells, Scott Moore, Jacob Duncan and Matthew Nolan. Solo releases: The Clearing (Temporary Residence – May 2015), Book of Leaves, Marion County 1938, and Compound Leaves as well as contributions to the albums of fellow artists like Watter, Christopher Tignor, Seluah, Joan Shelley, Nathan Salsburg, Christian Frederickson, Tara Jane O’Neil, Helen Money, R. M. Hubbert, and the Frames. She is a member of Louisville rock band King’s Daughters & Sons (Chemikal Underground) and a founding member of the ground-breaking indie-rock chamber ensemble Rachel’s, with whom she toured and released six albums (Quarterstick / Touch & Go).
Recent commissions include: film score with Matthew Nolan for “People On Sunday” for the National Gallery of Art; orchestrations of Book of Leaves for the Louisville Orchestra; a work for string quartet and two pianos for Borusan Quartet (Istanbul) and Ferhan and Ferzan Önder; a new piece “Your Mother, My Mother” and an arrangement of “And Today Was Her Birthday” for two pianos for the Önder sisters for their Anonymous Was A Woman project; a quartet for the Portland Cello Project; a new suite with Julia Kent for cello and piano for the installation Doppelgänger by London artist Peter Liversidge; a rendition of the national anthem for Smithsonian Magazine; a set of arrangements for the SITI Company of New York with the music of George and Ira Gershwin for SATB chorus, solo voices, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and piano. She has contributed scoring, research, and recordings for multi-media installations for Donna Lawrence Productions (Museum of World Religions, Kentucky Show!, Kentucky Derby Museum, National Infantry Museum, New York Historical Society). Her recordings have been licensed to numerous film and TV works internationally including the Showtime documentary Listen to Me Marlon, feature film Actress, HBO series Witness, Gasland and Gasland II (HBO), Last Days Here (9:13 Pictures), and Academy Award and Golden Globe winner La Grande Bellezza (Indigo Films).
Management (for all inquiries including licensing, scoring, booking & special projects) – Carissa Stolting
Worldwide Publishing Administration: Rough Trade (formerly House of Hassle)
Spontaneous Hellos – Rachel Grimes