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Carla Kihlstedt is the violinist in the Tin Hat Trio and has also collaborated with a variety of avant-garde and jazz musicians. Kihlstedt majored in classical violin performance at the Oberlin Conservatory and went on to become a prominent performer in both classical and improvised music, playing with artists like John Zorn and Roscoe Mitchell and recording with Eugene Chadbourne, the Grassy Knoll, and Tom Waits. She also appeared on Phillip Glass's series Music at the Anthology, sings, collaborated with choreographer Jo Kreiter, and is a graphic designer/illustrator as well. Kihlstedt played with a '90s Bay Area band, Charming Hostess, and co-founded the chamber jazz group Tin Hat Trio with accordionist Rob Burger and guitarist Mark Orton. The group's music is a unique blend of structure, improvisation, and contemporary classical, with folk, world, and jazz elements. The Tin Hat Trio's recording debut, Memory Is an Elephant, came out in early 1999 on Angel Records, and Helium followed in spring 2000.
Carla Kihlstedt is an American violinist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
She is a founding member of Tin Hat Trio (now renamed Tin Hat), Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, The Book of Knots and Causing a Tiger. Other musical projects include 2 Foot Yard, Charming Hostess and Carla Kihlstedt & Satoko Fujii. She has also worked occasionally on projects with Tom Waits and Fred Frith, and recorded numerous albums as a guest or session musician. Kihlstedt has studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music.