Rachel's were an American chamber music group that formed in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1991. Former Rodan guitarist Jason Noble played music individually and referred to himself as Rachel's but then began collaborating with core members violist Christian Frederickson and pianist Rachel Grimes. The group's work was strongly influenced by classical music, particularly inspired by the minimalist music of the late 20th century, and its compositions reflect this. While the trio formed the core part of the band, the group's recordings and performances featured a varying ensemble of musicians, who played a range of string instruments (including viola and cello) in combination with piano, guitars, electric bass guitar, and a drum set that included a large orchestral bass drum. A key influence on the music of Rachel's was the music of the English composer Michael Nyman, whose music the group's work resembles in both instrumentation and compositional style.

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Background information
OriginLouisville, Kentucky, United States
GenresInstrumental, post-rock, minimalism, chamber music
Years active1991–2012
MembersChristian Frederickson
Rachel Grimes
Greg King
Eve Miller
Past membersJason Noble (Deceased)
Edward Grimes (Deceased)
WebsiteOfficial site

A profile of the band is included in the book Second-Hand Stories: 15 Portraits of Louisville by Michael L. Jones.

Noble died of cancer on August 4, 2012,[1] and Edward Grimes died on March 25, 2017.[2]


Band membersEdit

  • Christian Frederickson – viola
  • Edward Grimes – percussion, vibraphone (deceased)
  • Rachel Grimes – piano, organ
  • Greg King – vibraphone, djembe, film projections
  • Eve Miller – cello
  • Jason Noble – guitar, bass (deceased)

Contemporary usageEdit

The Rachel's song "Water from the Same Source" was featured in the movie Hancock, although it did not appear on the official soundtrack, and in the Italian film The Great Beauty. Furthermore, "Water from the Same Source" was featured in Kirby Ferguson's fourth installment of his Everything is a Remix series. Their song "Even/odd" was used in Reha Erdem's film Kosmos. "Lloyd's Register", from the album The Sea and the Bells, made it into the French movie Une liaison pornographique. Their song "An Evening Of Long Goodbyes" provided the inspiration for the title of Paul Murray's novel of that name. The 2017 satirical war film War Machine features "NY Snow Globe".

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Musician Jason Noble Dies | WFPL". 2012-08-10. Archived from the original on August 10, 2012. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  2. ^ "Edward Grimes of Rachel's Dead at 43". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2017-03-27.

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