Album – Music for Egon Schiele
Artist - Rachel's
Key Players – Wendy Doyle – cello.
Christian Frederickson – Viola. Rachel Grimes - piano
Produced By – Jason B. Noble and
Rahel Grimes. Recorded live by Bob Weston
Release Date – February 20, 1996
What caused me to blow off the dust? -
Sadly it was the passing of a band member, but also rumblings of new
material being worked on.
Overview – Fromed in Louisville,
Kentucky in the early 1990's the “Rachels” was actually started
as a solo outlet. Jason Noble, who was in the band Rodan referred to
his work as such. He'd slowly build collaborations with others and
would work strings, pianos and percussion to form an unique style
that was post rock meets chamber music. The band would rotate
members, but a core of five persons would hold the band together.
What we have here is a soundtrack album
for a live theater/dance production called “Egon Schiele”. It
was produced by Stephan Mazurek and presented by the Itinerant
Theater Guild at the University of Illinois Chicago during May 1995.
FDF Comments (aka the songs) – Once I
started listening to this I realized it would be hard to really break
apart an album that has the “chamber music” feel as well as one
that tells a story. First the tracks.
“Egon & Gertie”
“First Self-Portrait Series”
“Mime Van Osen”
“Second Self-Portrait Series”
“Wally, Egon & Models In the
“Third Self-Portrait Series”
“Egon, Edith & Wally Meet”
“Egon & Wally Embrace and Say
“Egon & Edith”
“Second Family Portrait”
Overall its a quiet and pretty
collection of songs. Grimes piano work in particular seems to really
stand out and its amazing to think this was recorded live, it sounds
flawless. Please see overall take.
Where are they now? - Jason Noble
passed away on August 4, 2012. Although the band is listed as active
until 2012 it has been a few years since anything major has come from
FDF Personal Comments (aka the Live
experience) – I have never seen them live.
FDF Overall Take – Some of the
reviews on sites are very mixed. Being one of the best chamber
music/hybrid type collections to pretentious and lame. It is just a
pretty and unique record. I don't really see it as “classical”
though. There is something about it that just seems to take it out
of that realm for me. Toss this on early morning, or late in the
evening when the right people are around and you'll get some cool
questions as to “who is this” as it really doesn't sound like
you'd think or expect.
Curious? Check out some MUSIC!
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