Monday, December 5, 2016

New releases: Kelley/Nace; Damon & Naomi...


This past March (2016), Bill Nace and I toured the West Coast of these United States of America performing in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Corvallis OR, Portland, Olympia, Seattle and Vancouver BC. We recorded most of the sets and Daniel Menche was kind enough to record the Portland show. That recording stood out from the rest and Bill has released it as part of the "Live at..." series on his Open Mouth imprint.

Information here.

DAMON & NAOMI: Spirit of Love (B-sides, bonuses, and soundtracks) download

Per Naomi, "Seems we're all in need of the Spirit of Love, so we're making this new comp free (or pay what you wish) via Bandcamp:"

The nmperign horn section makes appearances here on covers of Scott Walker's "The World's Strongest Man" and Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," both of which also feature the wonderful guitar work of Michio Kurihara. 

GREG KELLEY: Sonarchy Live stream

In August of this year, I recorded a "live" solo set for Doug Haire's Sonarchy radio show on KEXP, which is available streaming here or via iTunes. This is Doug's live mix, but I also have all the raw tracks should anyone be interested in re-mixing/re-composing/etc.

Seattle shows past & present, November, December...

On Monday, December 5th at 8pm (tonight!), I'll be playing in a trio with percussionist Chris Cogburn (of Austin TX and now Mexico City) and violinist Austin Larkin at Hollow Earth Radio. Lori Goldston will also be performing solo.

On 11/28/16, I played a duo with Bryan Eubanks at Teatro de la Psychomachia. Bryan played soprano saxophone and feedback plate. James Falzone & Wilson Shook also performed.

*Event page*

On 11/19/16, I performed at Town Hall as part of John Cage's Musicircus. I did a solo realization of Cage's Variations III and as part of a quartet with composer Jacob Mashak and two students performing a realization of Four6.

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On 11/17/16, I sat in with Hound Dog Taylor's Hand (Jeffrey Taylor, Mark Ostrowski, John Seman) for their record release show at the The Blue Moon. Kate Olson, Neil Welch & Steve O'Brien also joined in. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Some forthcoming & some recently past shows (Summer '16 edition)


8/15/16 @ Teatro de la Psychomachia, Seattle WA
also playing: 
Ryosuke Kiyasu (Fushitsusha, Sete Star Sept, ex-The Endless Blockade, Kawaguchi Masami's New Rock Syndicate)
*Event page*

8/23/16 @ Hollow Earth Radio, Seattle WA 
Duo w/ Chris Brokaw
also playing: 

8/31/16 @ Hollow Earth Radio, Seattle WA 
also playing: 

9/2/16 @ Gallery 1412, Seattle WA 
also playing:

9/3/16 @ Teatro de la Psychomachia, Seattle WA
I am not performing at this event, but am facilitating its happening - please come!

9/19/16 @ The Royal Room, Seattle WA 
Trio w/ Tatsuya Nakatani, Amy Denio

RECENT PAST (and not mentioned previously in this space):

Friday, May 27, 2016

June Nights

June Nights by Victor Hugo
In summer, when day has fled, the plain covered with flowers
Pours out far away an intoxicating scent;
Eyes shut, ears half open to noises,
We only half sleep in a transparent slumber.

The stars are purer, the shade seems pleasanter;
A hazy half-day colours the eternal dome;
And the sweet pale dawn awaiting her hour
Seems to wander all night at the bottom of the sky.

>>>>>>> I.
8pm Friday, June 3rd
The Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

Seattle/Victoria composers and improvisers gather at the Chapel for a concert of new music and improvisation

improvisations by:
Lori Goldston, cello
Greg Kelley, trumpet
Julio Lopezhiler, violin
Kimberly Manerikar, open piano
Troy Schiefelbein, bass

Marguerite Brown, gender
Austin Larkin,violin
Sierra Klingele, voice/electronics
Julio Lopezhiler, violin/viola
Kimberly Manerikar, open piano
Troy Schiefelbein, double bass

II. <<<<<<<

8pm Friday, June 18th
The Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

Three Solos: Samuel A. Crome | Greg Kelley | Cameron Shafii
DJ Degenerate between sets

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sunday, February 28, 2016

West Coast Tour with Bill Nace, 3/5-12/16

Greg Kelley: trumpet, amplifier, pedals
Bill Nace: electric guitar, amplifier, pedals

Greg Kelley (nmperign, Heathen Shame, The BSC) and Bill Nace (Body/Head, x.o.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, Northampton Wools) first played together in Anna Rampage with Paul Flaherty & Ben Karetnick in 2006. Since that time they have performed in trios with Jake Meginsky and Chris Corsano, in quartets with Corsano & Paul Flaherty and Wally Shoup & Greg Campbell, and, starting in 2011, as a duo. They toured the East Coast/Mid-West in 2012 with Matt Krefting and released a split cassette with Krefting for the occasion on Nace's Open Mouth imprint. Open Mouth also released an LP of their quartet with Wally Shoup & Greg Campbell in 2015. Utilizing an array of extended instrumental techniques, amplification and effects pedals, Kelley and Nace have allowed themselves an extensive palette to work with and set no boundaries as to where it will bring them. Delicate sound fields may slowly unfold only to then disintegrate into waves of tumult. Tumult may then bore itself into a maze of soft refrigerators.

In 2014, Kelley relocated from Boston to Seattle and in early 2016, Nace temporarily relocated from Northampton, MA to Los Angeles. To mark the occasion, they are embarking on a West Coast tour.

3/5 (Sat) San Diego - Low Gallery; also performing: Francisco Eme, Bonnie Lander/Clint McCallum, Joe Cantrell

3/6 (Sun) Los Angeles - (the) Handbag Factory

3/7 (Mon) San Francisco - The Lab; also performing: Matt Ingalls, Chris Cooper

3/8 (Tues) Corvallis - Interzone Cafe; also performing: Delete, No Method

3/9 (Wed) Portland - Disjecta; also performing: Clown Car (members of MSHR, Smegma, Fiasco), Daniel Menche

3/10 (Thu): Olympia - Trinacria

3/11 (Fri): Seattle - Gallery 1412 Quartet with Wally Shoup & Greg Campbell; also performing: Chris Brokaw, #tits

3/12 (Sat): Vancouver - Destroy XV, VIVO Media Arts Centre; also performing: Arma Agharta, Dan Leonard, Katherine Kline, Peter Courtemanche, Peter Kutin

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

2 more for February: 2/8, 2/23


8pm Monday, 2/8/16 at the High Dive
513 N 36th St, Seattle, Washington 98103

This Blinding Light / Snakes/Brett Netson Band / Shitty Person / Bill Horist at High Dive, Seattle

$6 advance / $8 day of show
Get tickets:

THIS BLINDING LIGHT is: love. light. space. time. Members of Hypatia Lake, Joy Wants Eternity

SNAKES is: Brett Netson of Caustic Resin and Built to Spill

SHITTY PERSON is the Judgemental Goth-Desert-Emo-Heroin-Rock solo project from Benjamin Thomas-Kennedy featuring members of Lesbian (the band), Master musicians of bukkake,

BILL HORIST & Greg Kelley is: Listen. Melt. Return. Listen. Melt. Return. Listen.

By paying the $6 advance ticket price you have perpetuated the additional opportunity to invest your savings in the materials necessary for the construction of the tinfoil antennae apparatus explicitly recommended by the alien overlords who have secured the channels of transmission on the night of Monday, February the 8th via the audio output mediums expressed by This Blinding Light, Brett Netson & Snakes, Shitty Person, and Bill Horist. In terms of absolute economy, it's a steal.


8pm Tuesday, 2/23/16 at the Chop Suey's Den
1325 E Madison St, Seattle, Washington 98122

Sissy Spacek (Los Angeles)

Same Sex Dictator

Greg Kelley


$5 / 8pm / 21+ / Chop Suey's Den

Sissy Spacek made its first recording in June 1999. From its blur-grind conception, through concrète experiments, finally coming full circle and re-emerging as a live grindcore band, Sissy Spacek’s unprecedented results are well catalogued with over 50 releases. Commonly described as "noise-grind," lead by John Wiese and Charlie Mumma on drums.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

2/18/16: Shoup/Campbell/Kelley at the Chapel

8pm, Thursday February 18, 2016

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

Three experienced Seattle musicians come together to fine tune the art of improvisation. Alto saxist Wally Shoup, trumpeter Greg Kelley, and percussionist Greg Campbell integrate adventurous chops with keen ears and a deep sense of the laminal to create spontaneous coherences that move at the speed of response. This combination of far-ranging brass and woodwind textures, coupled with subtly shifting rhythms will perfectly suit the rich acoustical environment of the Chapel.

(photo of Greg Campbell by Daniel Sheehan)

1/23/16: Destroy// Seattle

Destroy// Seattle
3pm Saturday, January 23rd, $5
Pivot Art + Culture, Lincoln Showroom, 609 Westlake Avenue N. Seattle, WA 98109

Destroy// Seattle
Concept and Composition: Leyya Mona Tawil
Music: Dave Abramson (percussion) and Greg Kelley (trumpet)
Dance: Lynn Tofil, Cassandra Wulff, Faith Stevens, Eric Eugene Aguilar, Rachel Green, kt shores, Laura Aschoff, and Hendri Walujo

Destroy// Seattle is a platform for experimental performance and location-specific collaboration that asks: can a dance be destroyed? Concept artist Leyya Mona Tawil, director of Dance Elixir (Oakland), invites nine Seattle-based dancers and two musicians to collectively build and destroy a dance—all within a single day.

Destroy// began in San Francisco in 2012, and has since traveled to over 19 cities including Saint Petersburg, Rome, Cairo and Athens. Over 100 international artists have participated in the project, and the piece has been featured a numerous art venues including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit. This performance at Pivot is Destroy// 's Seattle debut.


Pivot Art + Culture is a 3,000-square-foot concept space located on the ground floor of the newly constructed Allen Institute building in the heart of Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. It is an initiative of Vulcan Inc. and Paul G. Allen with a mission to make art accessible to the public.

"The Figure in Process: de Kooning to Kapoor 1955-2015" presents seldom-seen paintings by modern masters such as Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, David Hockney and Willem de Kooning, as well as sculptures by Barry X Ball, Alberto Giacometti, and Anish Kapoor.

The Director of Pivot Art + Culture is Ben Heywood, one of the founders and Executive Director of The Soap Factory art space in Minneapolis; he was previously Deputy Director of The Henry Moore Sculpture Trust in Leeds, UK and the officer leading on national public art policy at the Arts Council of England, London, UK.

Pivot is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday 10- 6 pm and Thursday 10-8 pm. Admission is $5, which includes entry to all public programs and events.