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: http://ticketf.ly/1kzGuZb

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. http://www.billhorist.com/

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.


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