Carla Kihlstedt may be the violinist in the Tin Head wear Trio and in addition has collaborated with a number of avant-garde and jazz music artists. Kihlstedt majored in traditional violin performance in the Oberlin Conservatory and continued to become prominent performer in both traditional and improvised music, using performers like John Zorn and Roscoe Mitchell and documenting with Eugene Chadbourne, the Grassy Knoll, and Tom Waits. She also made an appearance on Phillip Glass’s series Music in the Anthology, sings, collaborated with choreographer Jo Kreiter, and it is a graphic developer/illustrator aswell. Kihlstedt used a ’90s Bay Region music group, Charming Hostess, and co-founded the chamber jazz group Tin Hat Trio with accordionist Rob Burger and guitarist Tag Orton. The group’s music is definitely a unique mixture of framework, improvisation, and modern traditional, with folk, globe, and jazz components. The Tin Hat Trio’s documenting debut, Memory Can be an Elephant, arrived in early 1999 on Angel Information, and Helium adopted in springtime 2000.