Relocating to Seattle in 1989, she joined Jeff Greinke’s Land and in 1996 formed Radio Chongching.
Her recordings were rare and subdued. Dalaba Frith Glick-Rieman Kihlstedt (Accretions, 2003) was a collaboration with guitarist Fred Frith, pianist Eric Glick Rieman and violinist Carla Kihlstedt. The 13-minute Worm Anvils features some of Dalaba’s most sophisticated counterpoint to the most fragile scaffolding as guitar, violin and piano conspire to weave ghostly drones and dissonances. After about eight minute, the 12-minute Shallow Weather creates enough structure from chaos to sound like a funereal fanfare. At the synergetic peak of their jam the four personalities are well defined, as Dalaba’s sustained tones collide against Frith’s dadaistic noises, Glick-Rieman’s anemic notes and Kihlstedt’s demented whistles in the 16-minute Ant Farm Morning.