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).

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Saturday, December 20th, Solo at The Josephine

9pm Saturday, December 20, 2014
The Josephine
608 Nw 65th St. Seattle, WA

"Jesus for SinnersDustin Elrod's soul purifying electronic noise

Greg Kelley: Guy moved here from boston, might play trumpet????

Psybox Mushroom Exhibit: An Industrial Psychadelic mindtrip courtesy of Dylan Tetzlaff and co."

Death Masks: experimental ambient bedroom black metal from Andrew Maxson

Sunday, November 16, 2014

11/19/14: Duo with Bill Horist at Teatro de la Psychomacha

November 13th, 2014 8:00pm
Teatro de la Psychomacha
1534 1st Ave S Seattle, WA

SUZUKI JUNZO ("new" Miminokoto, ex-Overhang Party)

BILL HORIST/GREG KELLEY (Seattle via Michigan & Massachusetts prepared guitar, amplified trumpet duo)

NOISEPOETNOBODY (Seattle analog experimentalist)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

11/13/14: Nmperign at Quiet City, Vancouver, BC

Nmperign at Quiet City

November 13th, 2014 8:00pm
Skylight Gallery
163 East Pender Street
Vancouver, BC

Quiet City is a series of deep-listening concerts in Vancouver, focused on live performances of experimental, electronic and improvised music in a comfortable and intimate setting.

The fourteenth edition of this series will be featuring performances by: 
Ennio Mazzon (Treviso, IT)
Joda Clément
Nmperign (Seattle/Philadelphia)
Presented by:
Soundscape & Panospria

Monday, October 6, 2014

Mazen Kerbaj's ARIHA Trumpet Ensemble at Donaueschinger Musiktage, Saturday 10/18/14

Live in SWR2

06 SWR2 NOWJazz Session

the same (not) the same

Gewerbliche Schulen, Sporthalle
Samstag, 18. Oktober 2014
20.00 Uhr
Mazen Kerbaj's ARIHA Trumpet Ensemble (Premiere)
Mazen Kerbaj, tp + comp
Liz Allbee, tp
Axel Dörner, tp
Peter Evans, tp
Franz Hautzinger, tp
Greg Kelley, tp
Nate Wooley, tp
Dauer: ca. 45 Minuten
25 Minuten Pause
Jaap Blonk, voc
Joachim Montessuis, voc
Julien Ottavi, voc
Jörg Piringer, voc
Dauer: ca. 45 Minuten
Individualism and interaction – it is the tension between these two poles that turns encounters between improvisers (time and again) into a challenging affair. While ensemble duties were clearly assigned in the classic band line-ups of jazz history, such fixed patterns of roles have meanwhile become a rarity. Hierarchical structures like leader – soloist – sideman have likewise become obsolete. Thus Mazen Kerbaj’s Trumpet Ensemble, appearing in Donaueschingen for the first time this year, does not pursue the idea of a trumpet battle with seven lone fighters, instead using this superb constellation to explore the possibility of simultaneous individual multilinguality. JJJJ present themselves both polyphonically and monophonically at this NOWJazz Session, with improvisations in solo and quartet form. “New Sound Poetry and Vocal Improvisations” is the title chosen by the four vocal performers for their programme with experimental sound poetry.

Friday, 10/10/14, Boston

Parking Garage Solo, Fremont 9/26/14

Levi Berner
Contact Mike
Eric Ostrowski
Greg Kelley

"Guerrilla Jammer" Friday September 26th at a parking garage in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.

Photos courtesy of Levi Berner & Esther Hollowearth respectively.