The Cultural Center is excited to invite you to interact, enjoy and sing-along with Rachel Ries and Her Crooked Heart!

Who & What: Rachel Ries | Her Crooked Heart perform original music in NYM! This performance is open to all students, community members & beyond!

When: Saturday January 11th, 2020 @ 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Where: NYM Cultural Center, 24 Main Ave N, NYM, 218-385-3339

Tickets: $12 advance or $15 door ($2 member discount), students $5 – FREE for students who worked with Rachel + Her Crooked Heart AND for all members of the Community Choir!  Tickets can be purchased at the Cultural Center or by click the button below.

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We are eager to bring Rachel Ries and Her Crooked Heart to New York Mills!

Rachel Ries New Album - To Love To Leave To Live Album Cover

Rachel Ries New Album Cover – To Love To Leave To Live

Similar to our artist residency with Chris Koza back in September, Rachel Ries and Her Crooked Heart will be working with individuals and the NYM school students to provide opportunities in our community/region!

During her residency that starts January 7 and goes through the 11th, Rachel has a goal to form a community choir! If you are an individual interested in joining the community choir for a week, please call 218-385-3339 to be added to our choir list, and/or click below for more information:

Community Choir Information & Sign-up

Join us for their live performance on Saturday, January 11th, 2020 @ 7:30pm at the Cultural Center!

Tickets for this event are FREE for Community Choir members AND all students who work with Rachel during her residency.


In 2013, after two and a half years of marriage, Ries found herself touring a record around the world, accompanied by a stack of divorce papers in a pocket of her suitcase. She had left her marriage and a good man in New York City and leapt into the untethered unknown.

What transpired was in turns euphoria and despondence; old lessons learned in new ways. The songs on To Love To Leave To Live are a compassionate and at times wry catalogue of those tumultuous years.

With co-producer Shane Leonard, she enlisted several collaborators whom she’d met on the road; some while touring with Anaïs MitchellBrian Joseph (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Paul Simon), Rob Moose (yMusic, Alabama Shakes), Mike Lewis (Bon Iver, Happy Apple), Alec Spiegelman (Cuddle Magic), Pat KeenJohn DeHaven and Ben Lester (Tallest Man on Earth, S. Carey).

Rachel is a 2018 Rauschenberg 3Arts Fellow and a recipient of two 2019 Minnesota State Arts Board Grants: Arts Initiative and Arts on Tour.


As the director of Kith & Kin Chorus, Rachel has made an intentional community where I feel welcomed, appreciated, and able to connect with others through music. I think the ability to successfully create something like that requires more than the musical talent and creativity Rachel possesses; it’s her kindness and open-hearted leadership that make our choir such a special place. She makes every member, regardless of their musical knowledge, or experience, feel like an important and essential part of the group.

Emily Casselman, Kith + Kin Chorus member


Rachel is a passionate, creative, and thoughtful teacher. she brings a deep empathy and enthusiasm to the students that she works with. It’s obvious that she cares deeply about all aspects of the student experience, from the pedagogical to the personal.

– Corey Harrower, Assistant Director, Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts


It’s rare to find an artist willing to explore boundaries like this – she makes a delicately raw sound and is unafraid in her delivery… This album goes everywhere, up and down the musical scales and all around the human psyche – A very unique and outstanding listen… sounds as if every key of the piano is being explored – combining elements of David Bowie, Florence and the machine, and maybe even a touch of Peter Gabriel…

– (5 Stars) Maverick Magazine UK


Her Crooked Heart – Photography by Nate Ryan


With To Love To Leave To Live, Minneapolis-based Her Crooked Heart presents a debut record unique in form, made up of cyclical narratives and intertwining histories, each informing the next. The result is a transformative song cycle, led by a charismatic personality, wholly indifferent to expectations of genre and instrumentation. Rachel Ries, the writer, multi-instrumentalist and producer behind Her Crooked Heart, demonstrates immense vulnerability and multifaceted musical craftsmanship to deliver a personal and profound musical soliloquy on love, leaving and the life that follows after burning it all down.

To bring these songs and this record to the stage, Ries has enlisted a powerful group of women; women who can, in their way, take on the feminine, humanist mantle of Her Crooked Heart and make it their own. The quartet blends classical and electric guitar; piano and vintage synths; cello, woodwinds and drum triggers. This merging of acoustic and synthetic sounds is all in service of the voice: four part vocal harmonies that shift from ethereal to an elemental wail, but always tell a story of transformation.


More Info on Rachel + HCH


Listen to “Enough”


Listen to “Courthouse”


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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.