Our March Experimental Coffee House
GREG KELLEY (trumpet and electronics)
performing “Soft Delete/Purgative Dryness”
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA 02445
“Soft Delete/Purgative Dryness” is a two-part piece exploring themes of philosophical and aesthetic absence, including the potential absence of meaning and content. The solo work will feature amplified but otherwise acoustic trumpet and some pre-recorded electronic elements. It was premiered in Chicago in December 2011. Special thanks to Lampo for instigating the piece and presenting the premiere.
GREG KELLEY began studying the trumpet at age 10. He attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, where in addition to studying the Conservatory curriculum, he also immersed himself in a deep study of avant-garde and experimental music, eventually coming to the conclusion that his musical focus fell outside of the academic sphere. After his studies, Kelley moved back to his native Massachusetts, quickly insinuated himself into the local avant-garde circles and soon commenced a period of intense travel and collaboration, bringing him across the United States, throughout Europe, Japan and South America.
He has appeared on over 60 albums and despite a more limited travel schedule, he still manages to play in a number of groups including Nmperign, Heathen Shame, the undr quartet and the BSC, among others.
Other collaborators have included Jandek, Keiji Haino, Donald Miller (Borbetomagus), Anthony Braxton, Kevin Drumm, Christian Wolff, Pauline Oliveros, Joe McPhee and Lionel Marchetti. In addition to playing the trumpet, Kelley has also recorded music using electronics and musique concrete elements, sometimes utilizing trumpet based sound sources, other times not.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.