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 soundworlds 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 nearly twenty other recordings on various U.S. and European labels. Jeff's music can also be heard on numerous compilation recordings. 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, featuring Lesli Dalaba (trumpet), Dennis Rea (guitar), Bill Rieflin (drums), and Fred Chalenor (bass). LAND toured China in 1996 which included playing the prestigious Beijing International Jazz Festival. They are now finishing their third CD. Additionally, Jeff has performed and recorded with drummer Michael Shrieve, and more recently has been performing live soundtracks to the films of Krist Novoselic under the name Sunshine Cake with Novoselic, Roderick Romero, and Ben Ireland. In 1999, Jeff recorded and toured with Novoselic's group Sweet 75. Later this year, Jeff will be collaborating with Amy Denio, Bill Rieflin, and Fred Chalenor to compose and perform music to accompany the David Dorfman Dance Company. They will be performing in Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C., Durham N.C. and at BAM.
Quotes regarding Jeff's recordings:
"compelling, seductive, and undeniably beautiful." WIRED
"Jeff Greinke's environmental soundscapes are impressions of an inner space wholly different from that of any other electronic composer I can think of." OPTION
"His music finds just the right balance between ambience, suspense, and evocation." NEW YORK REVIEW OF RECORDS
"Greinke's world is inhabited by ghosts." BOSTON ROCK
"Greinke continues to prove himself as one of our finest and most important composers and sound artists. His style has encompassed ambient industrial soundscapes, fourth world exoticism and ambient washes, and he displays a magnificent ability to create compelling, sensual, tangible textures, sonorities, and atmospheres." AUDION
"...rich dark ambient music that never sounds the same twice." ALTERNATIVE PRESS