Jeff Greinke is a musician, composer, performer, sound sculptor, and visual artist who is known worldwide for his unique sound. Through a highly developed process of layering, Jeff composes and performs music rich in texture, depth, mood, and subtle detail. Using various acoustic and electronic instruments, found sounds, and extended studio techniques, Jeff sculpts sound worlds that conjure a strong sense of place, hovering somewhere between the exotic and the familiar.
Jeff Greinke began composing and performing music in 1980 while studying meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. After moving to Seattle in 1982, Jeff formed the production company and recording label, INTREPID, through which he produced his first LP, Cities in Fog. He has since released twenty other recordings on various U.S. and European labels. His latest is entitled Ride, released on First World, a label and distribution network he runs with four other musicians. He has composed music for film, video, dance, theater, radio, and art installations. Jeff has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe and has performed in China, Canada, and Mexico. He has also been a member of numerous ensembles and is founder of the group LAND. Since 1997 Jeff has been performing and recording with vocalist Anisa Romero. Their project is called Hana.
Dennis Rea's sonically adventurous playing draws on modern jazz, free improvisation, experimental composition, unusual
rock, and the music of East and Southwest Asia. He has given hundreds of performances in the United States,
China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Germany, and has appeared on over twenty recordings. Dennis has performed and
recorded with such innovative musicians as Han Bennink, Stuart Dempster, Jeff Greinke, Cui Jian, Wang Yong, Lesl
i Dalaba, India Cooke, Wally Shoop, Amy Denio, Brent Arnold, Tucker Martine, Fred Chalenor, Jessica Lurie, Bill Rieflin,
Eyvind Kang, Craig Flory, Geoff Harper, Lori Goldston, and Eric Apoe. He has also composed music for gallery
installations and modern dance performance, and produced a radio program for KRAB FM, Seattle.
Dennis plays with Jeff Greinke's LAND, in the avant-power quartet Axolotl, and the free jazz quartet Stackpole,
folk'n doom group Eric Apoe & They, and numerous other collaborative projects. He is co-director of the 14-year-old
Seattle Improvised Music Festival and the Other Sound new-music concert series, and is co-publisher of the Tenta
cle, an information resource for the Northwest creative music community.
One of the most distinctive trumpet players in improvised music, Lesli Dalaba combines a mastery of unorthodox
playing techniques with a delicate, moving lyricism. Lesli began performing in California in the 1970's with Wayne Horvitz.
In 1978 she moved to New York, where she formed her own quartet and performed for 10 years as both a solo
ist and ensemble player, traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe. Lesli was a member of Wayne Horvitz' and Rob
in Holcomb's New York Composers Orchestra, Elliott Sharp's Carbon, and the Balkan brass band Zlatne Ustne, which w
as twice invited to perforom in Yugoslavia. Other musicians Lesli has worked with include Derek Bailey, Eugene Ch
adbourne, Fred Frith, George Lewis, and LaMonte Young. Lesli's final New York project was Core Sample, a CD of her
Lesli has been living in Seattle since 1989. She has been a steady member of Jeff Greinke's LAND since its inception
in 1994. LAND's tour of China in 1996 inspired the formation of Radio Chongching, her other current project -
a looping, electronic trio with Greg Gilmore and Fred Chalenor (see firstworldmusic.com). Lesli is also a member
of Fred Frith's quintet, Tense Serenity, which toured Europe in '98 and '99.
In addition to her musical activities, Lesli works as an acupunturist and practitioner of Chinese Medicine.
Bassist Fred Chalenor leads his own ensemble Hughscore (with Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper) and is a member of
LAND, Boodler$, the Walkabouts, Elaine DiFalco's Fabric, and numerous other projects. He has performed and/or
recorded with Wayne Horvitz' the President, Pigpen, and Zony Mash, Henry Kaiser, the Tone Dogs (with Amy Denio), Cave
man Shoestore, Andrew Drury's Azalea, Freestyle Candela, Bunghut, and Jeff Greinke. Fred is widely acclaimed as o
ne of the finest, most imaginative electric bassists in the Northwest. Fred is also a gifted composer adept at
writing in a wide range of styles. His signature sound is instantly recognizable.
Drummer Bill Rieflin was a key member of the Seattle experimental rock scene of the late 1970's and early 1980's,
notably as a member of influential bands the Telepaths and the Blackouts, the latter of which evolved into
industrial rock giants Ministry. He held down the drum chair for Ministry for more than ten years while participating in
numerous side projects including the Revolting Cocks, Pigface, and KMFDM. In 1991 he toured China as a member of
the Vagaries with fellow LAND member Dennis Rea. He has collaborated with Swans, Adrian Sherwood, Nine Inch Nails,
Chris Connelly, Hector Zazou, David Hykes, and numerous others, and recently recorded his first solo CD, "Birth
of a Giant," featuring guitarist Robert Fripp. His latest release is "Largo", a collaboration with Chris Connelly.