Glass City Singers in Toledo will be premiering two of my choral works on April 23 at 7:30 PM. The concert lineup as of now is:
“In the Middle”  – Dale Trumbore (b. 1987)
“Each of Us”  – Linda Kachelmeier (b. 1965)
“To Live is to Breathe  – Linda Kachelmeier (b. 1965)
“A Basic Cake”  – Elizabeth Joan Kelly (b. 1983)
“Pennsylvania”  – Elizabeth Joan Kelly (b. 1983)
More info TBD. I’m so excited to hear these pieces performed!
Glass City Singers are led by Brad Pierson. They are an auditioned community ensemble made up of singers ages 16-30 that exclusively performs music by living composers. Catch some of their previous performances on their youtube channel.
“Utilising Found Sound and MIDI, Elizabeth Joan Kelly has created something of a milestone in underground electronic music with the Brian Eno inspired title – Music For The DMV (America’s Department of Motor Vehicles).”
“Taking its title influence from Music For Airports, fifteen tracks see Kelly delve into the extraordinary masses of online found sounds which she treats, manipulates and regurgitates. A simple task on the face of things but what she does here is nothing short of extraordinary and inspiring.”
“With the promise of a new album for 2019, Elizabeth Joan Kelly could well be a name to look out for. Simple but expertly assembled music with more than a few surprises along the way.”
Such an honor–thank you Paul and LTW! Read the full review here.
While one would think that relaxing sounds would be the best thing to help survive another license renewal, Kelly uses a variety of shiny textures and bright melodies to instead provide distraction. And there’s plenty of that to be found here, as well as charm, especially in the three tracks classed as Gymnopedies. Best of all, however, is Call My Number, which has an almost comical sense of yearning and absolutely reminds me of that time when the scheduling system crashed at the DMV and I lost my place in line.
Full list here.
“Ghost in the Machine,” off Music for the DMV, made it to number 15 (!) on the Dandelion Radio Festive 50, “an annual chart featuring the previous year’s best tracks, as voted for by listeners. Legendary BBC broadcaster John Peel presented the first ever Festive Fifty on Radio 1 back in 1976, and continued to do so until his death in 2004. Radio 1’s One Music show hosted the poll in 2005, before Peel’s former production team asked Dandelion Radio to become the new home of the official Festive Fifty from 2006 onwards. Listeners vote for their three favourite tracks of the year at this website for a few weeks leading up to December 1st, with the results being broadcast as part of the schedule during Christmas and New Year.”
Feeling incredibly honored to be included, and very thankful to all who voted for “Ghost in the Machine.” There are plenty more chances to hear the full 50 this month; check the schedule here.