music

I sing and play violin and cello in the D.C.-based band Near Northeast.

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Releases

Cabin Sessions (2019)

A collaboration with songwriter Takunda M recorded across two seasons and two cabins in the Blue Ridge Mountains

“the band channels its broad-based influences into a cohesive sound and statement. Takunda and Kelly combine to produce gorgeous harmonies that, on repeated listening, reveal lyrical and compositional subtleties”

— Parklife DC

True Mirror (2017)

“shows the growth, trust and experimentation that comes from playing together for a handful of years.” 

— The Washington Post

Curios (2015)

“chock full of pop hooks, but with each listen it reveals new intricacies to absorb and hold onto“

Mecca Lecca

“It will cradle you in a freshly washed blanket and keep you warm from the spontaneous summer rains.”

DCist

Videos
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Window 

NPR Tiny Desk Contest entry 2021

Flowers (2020 Tiny Desk Contest entry)

Flowers

NPR Tiny Desk Contest entry 2020

“Since the DC-based band members can’t get together right now to record a song in person, they used videoconferencing to bring in Takunda’s voice for the haunting song” – Hometown Sounds

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Dardanelles

From Cabin Sessions

“the setting is so damn gorgeous in this music video that you’ll need to get out of town” – Hometown Sounds

Under the Pines

Stop-motion animated music video from Curios

“melds realistic symbols and photographs of Northeast D.C. with a fantasy world constructed from [Ashley] Blanton’s artwork.“

– WAMU Bandwidth

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Col

Live at Capital Fringe – NRP Tiny Desk Contest Entry 2017

“seized on the climate of protest in our city…their new song COL derives its name from the lowest point of a ridge or saddle between two peaks…and reflects on our current situation.“

– Hometown Sounds