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Although the avant chamber trio Rachel's did not fully emerge until after the breakup of the seminal Louisville indie group Rodan, the trio's origins dated back to 1989, when guitarist and bassist Jason Noble first met violinist and Juilliard alumnus Christian Frederickson on a Baltimore trolley. After the duo composed a 1991 Christmas tape dubbed "Rachel's Halo," they parted ways while Noble tenured in Rodan; upon reuniting in 1994, they formed Rachel's, named after Noble's Toyota Corolla and not after the group's third member, pianist Rachel Grimes. In 1995, the group debuted with Handwriting, a dark fusion of classical and experimental sounds influenced by film music; a year later, Rachel's returned with two separate releases, Music for Egon Schiele (composed by Grimes for a theatrical dance production based on the life of the famed Austrian painter) and The Sea and the Bells (which featured an orchestra employing over a dozen musicians). Selenography followed in 1999, and in the spring of 2000 the group resurfaced with Full on Night, a collaboration with Matmos. Three years later, they hooked up with the New York theater collective SITI Company for the Systems/Layers release. In 2002 percussionist Edward Grimes began to perform with his own group, Seulah, a band with a darker, noir-influenced sound. Christian Frederickson also branched out, composing 2010's "The Painted Bird," an interdisciplinary piece created in collaboration with director Pavel Zustiak. In 2012, founding member Jason Noble passed away after a three-year battle with synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. ~ Jason Ankeny
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  8.   The Blue-Skinned Waltz
  9.   Seratonin
  10.   A French Galleasse
  11.   Cypress Branches
  12.   Frida Kahlo
  13.   Wouldn't Live Anywhere Else
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  15.   Third Self-Portrait Series
  16.   Old Road 60
  17.   To Rest Near to You
  18.   where_have_all_my_files_gone?
  19.   Forgiveness
  20.   The Voyage of Camille
  21.   Reflective Surfaces
  22.   With More Air Than Words
  23.   Unclear Channel
  24.   Even/Odd
  25.   His Eyes
  26.   Southbound to Marion
  27.   Full on Night
  28.   Saccharin
  29.   NY Snow Globe
  30.   Singing Bridge
  31.   Last Things Last
  32.   All Is Calm
  33.   On Demeter
  34.   Letters Home
  35.   Egon, Edith & Wally Meet
  36.   Family Portrait
  37.   Rhine & Courtesan
  38.   Air Conditioning/A Closed Feeling
  39.   Second Family Portrait
  40.   Moscow Is in the Telephone
  41.   And Keep Smiling
  42.   Anytime Soon
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  45.   Hearts and Drums
  46.   Egon & Wally Embrace & Say Fareewell
  47.   The Precise Temperature of Darkness
  48.   Technology Is Killing Music
  49.   Honeysuckle Suite (Sugar Maple - Elm - Sweetgum)
  50.   Esperanza
  51.   Egon & Gertie
  52.   Egon & Edith
  53.   Wally, Egon, & Models in the Studio
  54.   First Self-Portrait Series
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