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Lesli Dalaba

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Trumpet player Lesli Dalaba, a New York resident since 1978, was a member of Wayne Horvitz’s, Elliott Sharp’s and La Monte Young’s ensembles. Despite keeping a low profile, throughout the 1980s she contributed to renovate the vocabulary of the instrument with a style that made the cerebral sound lyrical. Her first album, Trumpet Songs and Dances (march 1979 - Parachute, 1979), collected solos (Tanz Pesen, Barrytown) and duets (Two Up with Wayne Horvitz).

Relocating to Seattle in 1989, she joined Jeff Greinke’s Land and in 1996 formed Radio Chongching.

Her recordings were rare and subdued. Dalaba Frith Glick-Rieman Kihlstedt (Accretions, 2003) was a collaboration with guitarist Fred Frith, pianist Eric Glick Rieman and violinist Carla Kihlstedt. The 13-minute Worm Anvils features some of Dalaba’s most sophisticated counterpoint to the most fragile scaffolding as guitar, violin and piano conspire to weave ghostly drones and dissonances. After about eight minute, the 12-minute Shallow Weather creates enough structure from chaos to sound like a funereal fanfare. At the synergetic peak of their jam the four personalities are well defined, as Dalaba’s sustained tones collide against Frith’s dadaistic noises, Glick-Rieman’s anemic notes and Kihlstedt’s demented whistles in the 16-minute Ant Farm Morning.

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