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Her Crooked Heart
HER CROOKED HEART is the new name; the new music of Rachel Ries – multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, sideman, singer. Her Crooked Heart’s debut EP, To Gentlemen, and forthcoming album, To Love To Leave To Live, feature some extraordinarily talented midwestern charmers: Shane Leonard, Mike Lewis, Pat Keen, Brian Joseph as well as string arrangements by the inimitable Rob Moose.
Names aside, one thing has remained true since RR’s first homespun release: her sly and compassionate voice, excavating the depths of an all-too-human heart, armed with levity, a pen and a classical brain. It’s the messy humanity that’s of interest here. The trying and failing; the loving and losing and loving again. The choosing to be brave even when you’re shaking in your tattered boots. So please, make welcome: Her Crooked Heart. She’s been here all along.
Kaleena Miller is a founding member of Rhythmic Circus, Co-Director of the Twin Cities Tap Festival, host of the Cutting Board and director/ lead choreographer for Kaleena Miller Dance.
Kaleena is a 2007 SAGE Award recipient for People’s Choice and a 2011 nominee for Outstanding Performer. She has received funding from the Jerome Foundation and Minnesota State Arts Board, and has been commissioned to create work for the Walker Art Center, Southern Theater, Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Hear Here! Festival, and SPCPA. Kaleena recently worked with Derick Grant on a solo, commissioned by the McKnight Fellowship.
She graduated from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a BFA in Dance, and credits Char Weiss and Karla Grotting for her tap training, with additional training from Roxane Butterly and Heather Cornell. Kaleena is a 2015 McKnight Dance Fellow and was named one of DANCE Magazine's "25 to Watch" in 2016.
Songwriter/composer J.E. Sunde writes beautifully unusual music. Classically trained in voice and with a love of songwriters and performers like Leonard Cohen, Nina Simone, and Paul Simon, Jon writes densely poetic songs with a bent toward the philosophical. Jon spent years making music with The Daredevil Christopher Wright, touring nationally and internationally. In July, 2014 he released his first solo album, “Shapes That Kiss The Lips Of God” with Cartouche Records.A modern troubadour, with the voice of a pure reed vibrating in the Wisconsin prairie winds. A second solo LP on Cartouche Records, “Now I Feel Adored”, from the former Daredevil Christopher Wright frontman, comes in March 2017. It's essential listening for any lover of soft but lyrically intense music, the nylon string guitar, the melodic bass, the measured drum.