interview: Carla Kihlstedt
Tune into WMSE as Tom talks with composer, violinist and vocalist Carla Kihlstedt about her song cycle, ’26 Little Deaths’ that will be presented in Milwaukee in conjunction with Present Music.
Present Music will close its 40th Season at the Jan Serr Studio on June 23rd with the world premiere of Carla Kihlstedt’s ’26 Little Deaths’. The song cycle is inspired by Edward Gorey’s darkly Victorian alphabet book “The Gashlycrumb Tinies.” Published in 1963, the book depicts the demise of 26 children in a morbid satire of early children’s books.
Currently led by Eric Segnitz and David Bloom, Present Music is a six-time winner of ASCAP/Chamer Music America’s “Adventurous Programming” award. The ensemble has worked with composers such as John Adams, Henry Brant, David Lang, Caroline Shaw, Ingram Marshall, Missy Mazzoli, and more.
Carla Kihlstedt is a composer, violinist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalistwho is a founding member of Tin Hat Trio, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, The Book of Knots, Causing a Tiger, and Rabbit Rabbit (formed with her husband and former Sleepytime Gorilla Museum drummer, Matthias Bossi).
She is a recognized classical composer who has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble, has worked occasionally on projects with Tom Waits, John Zorn, and Fred Frith, and recorded numerous albums as a guest or session musician.