Wednesday, July 24, 2019

July

"Unkempt, untidy, absent-minded,
Soaked through with smell of dill and rye,
With linden-blossom, grass and beet-leaves,
The meadow-scented month July."
Boris Pasternak, July

(I used this poem for last year's July entry, but... oh well... if anyone reads this *and* has some idea about July poems, please post them in the comments.)

July was going to be a quieter month with just a couple of performance commitments, but it has blossomed into handful of shows weighted towards the last week of the month (and one which has already happened)....

7/31/19 @ Vermillion, The Every Other Series, Seattle WA
Solo
also readings of Oulipo & Oulipo-inspired works by Françoise Canter & Paolo Pergola
*Event page*

7/28/19 @ Black Lodge, Seattle WA
Trio w/ Dave Abramson/Bill Horist
also Media Giant, Blackwell/Delisle/Sinibaldi
*Event page*

7/27/19 @ Embrace the Chaos: Experimental Arts & Print, Rainier Cultural Center, Seattle WA
Solo
also Death Masks, Adam Levitt, Neil Welch, etc.
*Event page*

7/24/19 @ Royal Room, Seattle WA
Quartet w/ Casey Adams/Wally Shoup/Tom Scully
also Citrine (Mike Gebhart/Wayne Horvitz/Levi Gillis/Geoff Harper), Match (Ruby Lucinda solo)
*Event page*

7/13/19 @ Experimental Brunch, Snohomish WA
Solo
also Death Masks, Adam Levitt, Forrest Friends, Tarsier Eyes, etc.
*Event page*

Friday, June 21, 2019

https://gregkelley.bandcamp.com/

On June 8th, I opted to leap into the 21st century and start a Bandcamp page. I uploaded my entire solo discography*: solo trumpet, musique concrete, 4 track experiments, synthesizer explorations & even some blown out electric guitar, released between 2000 & 2008 on CD, cassette, CDr & LP. It’s all name-your-price, stream at will. None of this material has been on any streaming platform before, so a lot of it has been inaccessible & unheard for years. I’m glad it’s all now available. Please check it out.


















* In 1996, 1997 & 1999, I released some very limited edition cassettes entitled Sick Little Men, moon/shout/shatter & I'm not even sure what the 1999 one was called, it may have been untitled. They were all solo recordings made on 4-track and very few were made - essentially demos. I only have cassette masters of the first two and unmixed 4-track cassettes of the last one. Maybe someday, I'll put in the effort, but what's on Bandcamp now is everything that was given some kind of "official" release. Tonight, I'll be putting up a compilation of every ("official") solo compilation track I've done to this point, which is a mere 6 tracks from 2002-2014, clocking in at about 30 minutes. After that, I would like to start putting out some new material, rather than focusing on old cassettes (for the time being.)

Monday, June 10, 2019

More June...

June 13 in Seattle...
June 22 in Seattle...
June 29th in Portland...






















Thursday, May 23, 2019

May-June performances

Forthcoming...

6/7/19 @ The Chapel, Seattle WA
Performing Lori Goldston's Rivulet w/ Lori Goldston/Dave Abramson/Kole Galbraith/Haley Freedlund
*Event page*

5/29/19 @ Vermillion, Seattle WA 
w/ Haley Freedlund/Amelia Coulter

Recently passed... 

I got to sit in for the opening intro of Kinski's set at the legendary River Dan's and joined Philly/Chattanooga's Virtual Balboa for the last set of their West coast tour.

5/16/19 @ Vermillion, Seattle WA 
w/ Virtual Balboa (Evan Lipson/Zach Darrup/Ben Bennett)
also Wally Shoup/Casey Adams, Sundowner Band, Yeomna
*Event page*

5/4/19 @ River Dan's, Seattle WA 
w/ Kinski (opening intro)

Recordings 2019

Despite playing live 20-30 times a year since I've moved to Seattle, I haven't released a lot of recordings. While I don't necessarily see this as a "problem" that needs to be "remedied" in the grand destructive scheme of Earth 2019, I'm glad that the following new recordings are out there for anyone for whom they may provide some distraction, entertainment, ideas, opportunity for reflection or critique or "whatever works." My favorite definition of music is from David Weinstein & Jim Staley of Roulette Intermedium's Einstein's Guide to the Musical Universe, which was an underground guide to booking shows, tours, releasing music, etc. In the glossary "music" was defined as (I'm paraphrasing here as I haven't had the book for years, unfortunately), "Anything you use in the same way that you use 'music'." So, use these in whatever manner you choose....

Greg Kelley/Rob Noyes: split C30 cassette (no label)
Released April 2019
One side solo acoustic 12 string guitar, one side solo acoustic trumpet. I have copies of the cassette (Rob has sold out) and it is also available digitally here:
https://robnoyes.bandcamp.com/album/greg-kelley-rob-noyes-split



















untitled LP (Sähkö Recordings)
Released March 2019
I'm on the last 1~2 minutes of one of the 2 sidelong tracks on this untitled LP by Kevin Drumm.
12" and download available here:
https://www.sahkorecordings.com/sahko-030.php



















Hound Dog Taylor's Hand: Live at the Clock-Out download
Released May 2019
I joined Hound Dog Taylor's Hand at the end of 2017. This is a ~ 26 minute live recording from the end of 2018.
Available here:
https://hdth.bandcamp.com/track/live-at-the-clock-out



















Chris Brokaw: End of the Night LP (VDSQ) / CD/download (tak:til/Glitterbeat)
Released May 2019
I'm on the first and last tracks of this instrumental album by Chris Brokaw.
LP available here:
https://www.forcedexposure.com/Catalog/brokaw-chris-end-of-the-night-lp/VDSQ.024LP.html
CD available here:
https://www.forcedexposure.com/Catalog/brokaw-chris-end-of-the-night-cd/GB.075CD.html
Download available here:
https://brokaw-gb.bandcamp.com/album/end-of-the-night

Sunday, April 7, 2019

April

"When April scatters charms of primrose gold
Among the copper leaves in thickets old,
And singing skylarks from the meadows rise,
To twinkle like black stars in sunny skies;"
-W. H. Davies, April's Charms

I'll be playing my first solo bugle set and hosting my first Racer Session tonight. Then, at the end of the month, I'm very much looking forward to hitting the road for a West coast tour with my Boston friend, the wonderful acoustic guitarist Rob Noyes. We've even got a split tour cassette, a C30 in an edition of 100 (cover below by Jason Curran.) {I'll be updating the information below as it comes.}

4/7/19 @ Cafe Racer, Seattle WA Solo at Racer Sessions
*Event page*

ROB NOYES || GREG KELLEY WEST COAST TOUR 2019
*Event page*

4/21/19 @ Gallery 1412, Seattle WA
RN Solo
GK with Caspar Sonnet/Kozue Matsumoto/Patrick Neill Gundran
also Tongue Depressor
*Event page*

4/22/19 @ Toast, Vancouver BC
RN Solo
GK Solo
also Nightingale
*Event page*

4/23/19 @ Turn Turn Turn, Portland OR
RN Solo
GK with Ilyas Ahmed
also Personality Test, Matt Carlson
*Event page*

4/24/19 @ Crib Series, Arcata CA
RN Solo
GK Solo

4/25/19 @ Gold Lion Arts, Sacramento CA
RN Solo
GK Solo
*Event page*

4/26/19 @ Human Resources, Los Angeles CA
RN Solo
GK with Jessika Kenney
also Wilson Shook

4/27/19 @ Canessa Gallery, San Francisco CA
RN Solo
GK with Jacob Felix Heule/Chris Cooper/Danishta Rivero
also Usufruct
*Event page*


Friday, March 1, 2019

March

"March days return with their covert light,
and huge fish swim through the sky,
vague earthly vapours progress in secret,
things slip to silence one by one."
- Pablo Neruda, March Days Return With Their Covert Light

3/29/19 @ Hollow Earth Radio, Seattle WA 
also Fungal Abyss, The Sheen

3/26/19 @ Gallery 1412, Seattle WA 
Solo
also Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Jeff Carey, Blevin Blectum
*Event page*

3/22/19 @ The Chapel, Seattle WA
An Evening with Mother Tongue
Angelina Baldoz & Katherine Cohen with poet Omar Willey, dancer Ezra Dickinson and trumpeters Ray Larsen & Greg Kelley
*Event page*

3/15/19 @ The Blue Moon, Seattle WA 
also Abramson/Kennon, V. Vecker, Fraktal Phantom
*Event page*

3/9/19 @ Hiawatha Lofts, Seattle WA
Quintet w/ Wally Shoup, Haley Freedlund, Casey Adams, Domenico Chiaverini
*Event page*

3/2/19 @ Vermillion, Seattle WA