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Concert Mon Nov 21 2011

The Man With The Horn (that does not sound like a horn) - Greg Kelley at Lampo


When does a trumpet not sound like a trumpet, but rather, like a...

  1. Babbling brook
  2. Hissing radiator
  3. Miscalibrated servomotor
  4. Self-built organic synthesizer
  5. That creepy cybernetic mule video that was being passed around the internet

Plenty of non-idiomatic free improv trumpet players can make claims to a sonic palette that wide, but Kelley's is the only sonic toolbox I've heard that actually grows and matures every year. With little to no electronic processing, Kelley's horn can go from near imperceptible puffs of air to ferocious metallic alarms -- one of Kelley's best extended techniques is placing a thin sheet of metal gently against the bell of the horn, creating a chest-rattling industrial roar.

Kelley's latest work, a two-part piece entitled Soft Delete/Purgative Dryness, consists of "unprocessed trumpet with pre-recorded backing electronics," and will debut as the concluding concert in Lampo's Fall series. The performance takes place on Saturday, December 3, 8 p.m., at the Graham Foundation's Madlener Hour (4 W. Burton Pl., Chicago). Tickets are FREE, RSVP at this site. The tickets go fast, though, so don't delay!

Greg in action at the 2010 Neon Marshmallow Festival, along with Bhob Rainey and Jason Lescalleet. Serious top-5 best concert (experimental or otherwise) I've ever seen:

Nmperign & Lescalleet at Neon Marshmallow Fest (Day 3 Matinee, 8/21/10) from Bullart. on Vimeo.

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