A black and white photo. Lesli Dalaba wearing a hat and holding a trumpet on the left. On the right, three animal skulls.

Lesli Dalaba

Lesli Dalaba is recognized as one of the most distinctive trumpet players in improvised music, combining a mastery of unorthodox playing techniques with a delicate, moving lyricism. She began performing in California in the 1970s with Wayne Horvitz. In 1978 she moved to New York, where she formed her own quartet and performed for 10 years as both a soloist and ensemble player, traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe. Lesli was a member of the New York Composers Orchestra, Elliott Sharp’s Carbon, and the Balkan brass band Zlatne Ustne. Other musicians she has worked with include Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne, Fred Frith, George Lewis, and LaMonte Young. Living in Seattle since 1989, Lesli was a member of LAND and Radio Chongching, and is also a member of Fred Frith’s quintet, Tense Serenity.

Artist Support Program 2005: Create a cue track for use in live performances of her Tzadik CD release, Timelines.