Tuesday, December 22, 2015

12/20/15: Solo at Streetcar with Donna Parker

Thanks to Streetcar (JP, MA) for arranging an intimate evening of solo sets by myself and Donna Parker. Good sounds, friends, beer and wine!

Photo by Dave Dougan:

Friday, November 27, 2015

12/3/15, 12/10/15, 12/12/15: Viscous Circle & Pollen at Frye Art Museum

8pm Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
FREE, registration required

Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney, compositions
Lori Goldston, Kyle Hanson, Abraham Kenney, Greg Kelley, Dick Valentine, Miho Takekawa, Megan O'Donoghue, Kristy White, Nikko Olajoyegbe, Saraswati Sunindyo, Sierra Klingele, Sean Ryan, Troy Schiefelbein, Austin Larkin, Behruz Alavi


2pm Thursday, December 10th & 2pm Saturday, December 12th, 2015
Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
FREE, registration required

I will be part of an ensemble performing Lori Goldston's piece alongside the experimental documentary Charismatic Megafauna by Portland filmmaker Vanessa Renwick.

http://fryemuseum.org/calendar/event/6190/ & http://fryemuseum.org/calendar/event/6191/
https://www.facebook.com/events/452746238258930/ & https://www.facebook.com/events/769091126535799/

*Both performances are part of the Frye's Genius / 21 Century / Seattle exhibit*

Shows, recent past...

A couple of shows I failed to publicize/log in this space...

On Halloween night, Saturday, October 31st, I had the pleasure of sitting in with Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney at Seattle's Teatro de la Psychomachia on a set of pieces from Viscous Circle, which we will be fleshing out further with an ensemble of 17 at the Frye Art Museum on Thursday, December 3rd.  Vocalists Kristy White & Nikko Olajoyegbe rounded out that night's quintet and will also be part of the Frye performance.

On Saturday, November 7th, I had the great pleasure of playing again with Wayne Rogers & Kate Village as Heathen Shame as part of the Boston Hassle Fest 7 at the Brighton Music Hall in lovely Allston, MA. Not a board mix, but it went a little something like this...

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Wally Shoup, Greg Campbell, Greg Kelley, Bill Nace: One End to the Other LP OUT NOW

PRICE: $18.00 

One End to the Other

OM 044LP

"Recorded during a recent trek to the Pacific Northwest, this session is very damaged by the post-tongue explosive devices packed by each of the quartet's members. Skittering along the most devious edge of improvisational madness, Greg, Greg, Bill and Mr. Shoup bring four chunks of deep underground moisture into the air for the first time. Let us make to examine them. 'Morning' greets the listener beneath a raucous grackle filled tree, mounting to a commuters' rage. Then along comes a mage with mushrooms, and the growl and rasp spreads out into what one must imagine a stoned rabbit's brain records from a dawn. In 'Separating a door from a window', Mr. Shoup's sax limns the wall of sound into permeable spaces. The horns and percussion throw up bramble hollers of humorous squawk, but in the end, Wally is triumphant. Like smoke snaking over the door, 'Transom' is a very present and seductive piece. If you are a programmer, this is an excellent sound experience to loop, as it is both loving and bossy. Horn and reed lead you into 'Nothing is deprived of its warmth,' and then gleefully pierce your eardrums with needles. Once the path has been cleared to your brain, molten notes are poured in and, like a Dead Head prostrate with his pipe, you become one with the universe. A warm universe. At first I thought it was weird they named this album after the lost book of Tolkien's Silmarillion. Now I'm not so sure." -- Lili Dwight/Byron Coley, Deerfield MA 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Thursday, September 17th: Chris Brokaw + Lori Goldston + Greg Kelley at the Chapel

8pm, September 17, 2015

$5-$15 donation at the door Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103

Guitarist Chris Brokaw, known for his work with Codeine, Come, Thurston Moore, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Rhys Chatham, The Catamites (duo with Sephen O’Malley) and many more, meets with cellist Lori Goldston (Black Cat Orchestra, Earth, Nirvana, etc.) and trumpet player Greg Kelley (Nmperign, etc.) for a first-time meeting: solos, duos, and a trio finale. Expect everything from quiet beginnings to savage conclusions.

Chris and Greg are both fairly recent transplants from Boston to Seattle; Lori has been a longtime fixture in the Seattle experimental music scene. East meets West; this is only the beginning.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Thursday, August 6th: Another Parking Garage Solo in Fremont

"Official" event words...

Forrest Friends (furry prayer gathering)

Greg Kelley (trumpet trumpet fur party people coming together and not being alone)

Jonbenet (still an unsolved mystery. mystery furry fur covered people dancing in the streets and no shame)

Marlon Wayne (Duluth via Seattle via Duluth. no more crying in the fur dungeon)

Details HERE.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Paul Hoskin Benefit, Friday July 31 at The Chapel


8pm, July 31, 2015

The Chapel Performance Space 
at the Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle WA, 98103
(SW corner of 50th & Sunnyside in Wallingford,
Nearest Metro stops: 16, 44, 26)

$5 - $15 suggested donation at the door

Veteran Seattle improviser and concert organizer Paul Hoskin is currently in the hospital with very serious ailments. He had planned to play a duo concert tonight with Arrington De Dionyso, so instead Nonsequitur is organizing a benefit concert to help him out, with many members of Seattle’s improvised music community participating. All artist fees and audience admissions will be donated to assist Paul in his recovery. Performers confirmed so far (stay tuned for new additions):

Ivan Arteaga (alto sax)
Angelina Baldoz (trumpet)
Arrington De Dionyso (contrabass clarinet)
Stuart Dempster (trombone)
Beth Fleenor (clarinets, voice)
Sue Ann Harkey (guitar)
Greg Kelley (trumpet)
Jim Knodle (trumpet)
Susie Kozawa (toys, objects, homemades)
Carol Levin (harp)
David Milford (violin)
Monica Schley (harp)
Wilson Shook (alto sax)
Wally Shoup (alto sax)
China Star (soprano sax)
John Teske (bass)
Jenny Ziefel (clarinets)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July continues

Hound Dog Taylor's Hand "...Seattle's secret weapon against the tech squares and yuppie droolers! Jeffery Taylor (Climax Golden Twins) spins tall 6-string tales with his guitar and the crowd bows down before an ascended master. Vets of the NW improv-wars, Mark Ostrowski,and John Seman unleash a barrage of sounds via drums and stand-up bass that toss genres like dirty underwear, leaving the inner ear dizzy and thirsting for more...lots more. It's equal parts groovy, LOUD, and out there for more than just a minute. Live, improvised chanteys for squirming larvae everywhere..." - Eidertown Records

Shoup - Kelley - Campbell Debut performance by this sax, trumpet, percussion trio which has been woodshedding in private for a year before unleashing it's squirrelly, post-harmolodics upon the public. They have a quartet LP with Bill Nace forthcoming on Open Mouth Records.

Dave Webb "Walking into Vermillion last night to check out Table & Chairs’ improv monthly, I was instantly riveted by a longhaired dude seated in the back bar area, playing his Gibson Firebird to a sparse, rapt crowd. It was Dave Webb, guitarist for 'technical metal' band Spacebag, ex-member of the phenomenal Seattle heavy-rock mavericks Girth and Wah Wah Exit Wound. He was in the midst of an emotionally wrenching display of guitar virtuosity that brought to mind the late Funkadelic axe master Eddie Hazel. Webb’s rapid, graceful fingerings and slides evoked a beautiful, lachrymose solitude. There were also passages of sweet, baroque balladry of Hendrixian poignancy and dexterity (think 'Little Wing') and an aching allusion to 'My Favorite Things.'" – The Stranger, 10/9/14

9pm Friday, July 17th, 2015
Blue Moon
712 NE 45th St, Seattle WA 98105


Pent Up Release and Gallery 1412 present

Kurva Choir
On Tour From Alaska

Red Alder

Esoteric Meta Crystal Bowl Ensemble

Greg Kelley
Trumpet Drone Unit

Sunday, July 26th, 2015
All Ages @ Gallery 1412
Doors 7pm $5-$15 Donation
1412 18th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
No Alcohol Allowed

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Solo, unamplified acoustic set at Teatro de la Psychomachia Friday 6.27.15

An evening of solo excursions from four visionary artists:

Wendy Atkinson is a solo bass-player who explores the low-end world of electric, acoustic and double basses. Her new album, The Last Fret, was released this spring.

Atkinson has performed with reclusive legendary cult figure Jandek in Vancouver. She was included in The Unspeakable, a film about Pacific Northwest artists directed by Clyde Petersen. Her music was twice selected for Art in the Air, an international audio art festival and was included in Sonic Landscapes, a sound art exhibit held in Michigan, along with Mecca Normal and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.

"If you’ve heard the bass sound like this before, you’ve probably got rather left-field tastes. And yet Atkinson is an exceptionally friendly experimentalist, certainly not one to be afraid of.” – Alex Varty, Georgia Straight

Rob Millis is a founding member of Climax Golden Twins and AFCGT, a solo artist (releasing recordings as rmillis) and a frequent contributor to the Sublime Frequencies label. His work veers haphazardly between sound art, music concrete, instrumental improv, field recording, song and collage.

Greg Kelley has performed throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Argentina & Mexico at numerous festivals, in clubs, outdoors, in living rooms, in a bank, and at least once on a vibrating floor. He has collaborated with a number of musicians across the globe performing experimental music, free jazz and noise, releasing a number of recordings in the process. He constantly seeks to push the boundaries of the trumpet and of "music."


Bill Horist has established himself as an internationally known improviser/composer/performer in a wide array of genres including rock, jazz, contemporary chamber, avant garde, folk, new music and several subgenres within each. He has appeared on over 70 recordings and has performed well over 1000 concerts throughout North and Central America, Europe, and Japan. Over the past two decades, Bill has collaborated with a long list of notable musicians from around the world. He has toured and recorded with a number of bands including Master Musicians of Bukkake, Nobodaddy, Phineas Gage, Axolotl, UnFolkUs, Zahir, Tablet, Nervewheel, Ghidra, Rollerball and the Paul Rucker Ensemble in addition to extensive solo activity.

Bill has received critical praise from dozens of both local and international periodicals including The Wire, Guitar Player Magazine and Alternative Press. He has also been the recipient of several local and regional grants for his work. In 2012, Bill was quoted and mentioned in a “short list of…individuals who have made notable contributions” to prepared guitar in the book “Nice Noise: Modifications and Preparations for Guitar” by Bart Hopkin and Yuri Landman. In 2005 and 2006, he was nominated for "Jazz Artist of the Year" and "Guitarist of the Year" respectively by the Seattle Weekly.


Friday, April 24, 2015

May Days


8pm Friday, May 1, 2015
Teatro de la Psychomachia
1534 1st Ave S Seattle, Washington 98134

BEAUTY SCHOOL (San Francisco CA)
Matt Chandler, bass guitar
Tom Djll, trumpet & electronics
Jacob-Felix Heule, percussion & electronics

Nicole Carr, voice & electronics

Bill Horist, prepared guitar
Greg Kelley, amplified trumpet


8pm Thursday, May 8, 2015
Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar
1508 11th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122

Wally Shoup, alto saxophone
Dennis Rea, electric guitar
Tom Zgonc, drums
Free/jazz stalwart Wally Shoup joins the guitarist & drummer of progressive rock torch-bearers Moraine for "avant improv of the swashbuckling sort"?

"Abolition of logic"..."abolition of memory"..."abolition of archaeology"..."abolition of prophets"..."abolition of future"...

Seller of wines and author of Oulipoian "constrained" novels such as "Never Again," "in which no word is used more than once."

Friday, March 13, 2015

Thursday, March 19th, Solo at The Chapel, Seattle

8pm, March 19, 2015
$5-$15 donation at the door
Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103

ZE BIB! (Oakland CA)
Shanna Sordahl: cello, electronics
Robert Lopez: percussion

Greg Kelley: solo trumpet

Wally Shoup Sax Trio + One
Wally Shoup: alto saxophone
Jacob Zimmerman: alto saxophone
Neil Welch: tenor saxophone
Carmen Rothwell: acoustic bass

Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday the 13th: Solo at Cafe Racer

8pm Friday, February 13, 2015
Cafe Racer
5828 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle WA

Portland Bike Ensemble (crew from PDX -duh?- bringing bike/contact mic jammers)

Greg Kelley (vibrations of trumpet. Amplified? Acoustic? Mangled?) *

#tits (twin guitars shred/squeal. Pronounce it however.)

Biled Will (feeling sick at a pretend-rave in the basement of an old warehouse)

Pastor Prime will be hosting and talking about the new My Blood Valentine app on myspace vs Predator in between jammers.

* Amplified with Fender amplifier (no pedals).

Saturday, January 31, 2015

February 6, 9, 10: Seattle Improvised Music Festival & ancillary events...

8pm Friday, February 6th
30th Seattle Improvised Music Festival, Night 2
Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103

Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet), Christian Pincock (trombone), Chris Icasiano (drums)

Bill Nace (electric guitar), Wally Shoup (alto saxophone), Greg Kelley (trumpet)

Matthew Ostrowski (electronics), Susie Kozawa (found objects), Jessika Kenney (voice)

7pm Monday, February 9th
226 North Division St, Olympia, WA 98502

>> Bill Nace/Greg Kelley/Wally Shoup

8pm Tuesday, February 10th
5000 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98118

>>> Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet), Greg Kelley (trumpet), Paul Hoskin (baritone saxophone), Lori Goldston (cello), Greg Campbell (percussion)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015, Kestrel at The Blue Moon

After our 2nd duo gig together, Bill Horist & I decided to come up with a name. After some back and forth, we settled on Kestrel. We are not the 1st Kestrel. In 1975, a UK symphonic rock band of the same name released an eponymous LP, which was to be their sole contribution to recorded music. Guitarist Dave Black subsequently put in some time as David Bowie's guitarist. There is also a black metal Kestrel from Oregon who released 2 cassettes, one of which was released in 2011, the other of which saw an "unknown" release date. Adding to the musical cornucopia de Kestrel are a Kate Kestrel, a Bastard Kestrel, an American Kestrel and various plural Kestrels which are of no import to this conversation. A Kestrel Vintners from Woodinville, Washington, is likely worth investigating.

Our Kestrel christening will take place on Friday, January 23rd at The Blue Moon, the occasion being a  CD release party for The Spider Trio featuring the inimitable Wally Shoup on saxophone, guitarist Jeffrey Taylor (of Climax Golden Twins) & drummer Dave Abramson (of Grails, Diminished Men, Master Musicians of Bukkake). Wally asked Bill & I to play and thought it might be interesting if we played with a drummer for the occasion. As it so happens, my Boston colleague, percussionist Chris Strunk, will be in town at the time and will be joining Kestrel for this performance. Chris divides his time between the free improv (ie Deleuzer, Avoidance, Taps, Quits) and punk rock (cf Baja Blatz, Phantom Rides, Vile Bodies, Conversions) worlds.

Rounding out the evening will be Justified Remains featuring guitarist Simon Henneman (of Diminished Men), bassist John Seman and drummer Mark Ostrowski (the latter two of Monktail Creative Music Concern and heard here in Hound Dog Taylor's Band with the above Jeffrey Taylor).