Though she has strayed far from where she was planted, Carla Kihlstedt has strong roots in classical music. She studied at the Peabody, the San Francisco, and the Oberlin Conservatories of Music. Since moving to the Bay Area 7 years ago she has been exploring the range of her violin in many settings. She has played with John Zorn, and members of the Rova Saxophone Quartet and has contributed to the recordings of Mr. Bungle, The Grassy Knoll, and Tom Waits' soundtrack for the Academy Award winning short film, Bunny. She has written several scores for choreographers Jo Kreiter (Flyaway Productions) and for Shinichi Momo Koga (Ink Boat). She has appeared several times on Phillip Glass' series, MATA, both performing her own compositions, and music commissioned for her, and in the Bay Area she performs on many contemporary music series including Earplay, Composer's Inc., and the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players. This Spring, she looks forward to performing both in Vienna and at the Library of Congress with clarinetist, Don Byron.

Carla is a founding member of Tin Hat Trio (an accordion-violin-guitar trio whose two CDs are out on Capitol's Angel/EMI Records), one of three singers in the band Charming Hostess, and a founding member of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, an 'art-rock' band that uses both traditional and homemade instruments. Most recently, she has embarked on a solo project, Two Foot Yard, which incorporates both her violin and her voice. In the coming year, she will record a cd of her own music for the Tzadik label, and is working on a solo program of contemporary music for violin, and violin/voice.

[from program for April 16, 2001 concert]