Jeff Greinke began composing and performing music in 1980 while studying meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. He later moved to Seattle, Washington and , with Rob Angus, formed the production company INTREPID through which he produced his first LP, “Cities in Fog”. He has since released several other solo recordings as well as “Crossing Ngoli”, a live performance with Angus. Jeff has composed music for film, video, dance, theatre, radio, and art installations, and frequently presents concerts. He has toured extensively throughout the U.S., and in Europe, Canada, and Mexico.
Jeff performs music much like his studio compositions, music rich in texture, depth, and subtle detail achieved through a highly developed process of layering. His instruments include piano, guitar, synthesizer, sampler, percussion, trombone, and voice. Jeff has been a member of numerous ensembles and is the founding member of the group, LAND, featuring Lesli Dalaba, Dennis Rea, and Ed Pias.
Lesli began performing in California with Wayne Horvitz, Greg Goodman and Larry Ochs (of ROVA). In 1978 she moved to New York where she formed her own quartet and performed for ten years both as a soloist and ensemble player, travelling throughout the U.S. and Europe. Musicians Lesli has worked with include Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne, Fred Frith, George Lewis, Samm Bennet, Zena Parkins, Shelley Hirsch, John Zorn, Elliott Sharp and La Monte Young. Lesli is member of Horvitz’s and Holcomb’s New York Composer’s Orchestra, and a frequent member of Elliot Sharp’s Carbon.
Lesli was also a member of the Balkan brass band Zlate Ustne, which performed at Carnegie Hall and was twice invited to participate in the annual Serbian brass band competition. Lesli’s final New York project was Core Sample, a CD of her own compositions for overlayed trumpets, violin, voice, and percussion.
Since moving to Seattle in 1990, Lesli has worked with Jeff Greinke, continued to work with Wayne Horvitz, joined the Creative Music Project, and performed at the Seattle Goodwill Arts Festival and Vancouver and San Francisco jazz festivals with the International Creative Music Orchestra led by Butch Morris. Lesli is also a licensed acupuncturist and has a Seattle practice.
Dennis Rea is a guitarist and composer and has been actively involved in recording and performing music since the late 1970’s. He has worked and recorded with K. Leimer, Jeff Greinke, Roland Barker, Doug Haire, and Amy Denio as well as with the unusual rock bands Color Anxiety and Fred. His guitar work was also featured prominently on the soundtrack for the film Shredder Orpheus.
Beginning in 1989, Dennis spent four years living and performing in China and Taiwan, where he gave concerts at cultural centers, universities, and music conservatories, on radio and television, and in sports arenas with a Chinese rock band. His solo recording for the China Record Company, among the first by a non-Chinese musician, sold 40,000 copies and was cited among the year’s best releases by the China Youth Daily. In 1991 he organized two concert tours of China for his bands Identity Crisis and the Seattle -based Vagaries; the tours were likely the first unofficial concert tours undertaken by American bands in China.
Dennis is currently a member of Jeff Greinke’s Land with Lesli Dalaba and Ed Pias and has formed an ensemble, The Heimlich Maneuver, to perform his own compositions. In addition he plays with the electric guitar orchestra The Richter Scale and collaborates with numerous Seattle musicians.
Ed Pias has a Bachelors Degree from the Berklee College of Music in Percussion Performance, a Masters Degree from the California Institute of the Arts in Jazz Performance with a minor in World Music Performance, and is currently working towards a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Washington in Percussion Performance with a minor in Ethnomusicology.
Ed has performed on drum-set with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Charlie Haden, Dewey Redman, Henry Threadgill, Leroy Jenkins and Andrew Hill. He has performed 20th century music in groups led by John Cage, John Adams, and William O. Smith, as well as performing solo percussion works by composers Karlheinz Stockhausen and Morton Feldman.
Ed has devoted much of his career to learning the traditional drumming of Northern India, Central Java, and West Africa. He has introduced these elements into his drum-set playing.