Los Angeles, CA (May 25, 2017)—Grace Kelly, 24 years old and already into the second decade of her career as a jazz saxophonist, recently started a web series, Grace Kelly’s Pop-Up, shooting spontaneous, fun video clips at unusual locations using Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless Technology.
“It’s impossible to perform for every fan”, says Kelly, who has been mentored by some of the all-time greats, including Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Frank Morgan, Dave Brubeck, Harry Connick, Jr. and Wynton Marsalis. “Just before the New Year, I thought to myself, there’s got to be a way to get more of my content out there in a very fun, playful, sharable way. How fun would it be to just bring a saxophone to places where people don’t normally see it? Since it’s not with my full band, I don’t want to be playing a solo saxophone piece that’s five minutes long, so I’ll just improvise a melody and do short clips.”
Kelly and her L.A.-based collaborator Mehdi Hassine record the spontaneous videos into a laptop running Apple Logic with an Apogee Electronics interface using her touring set-up of a Lectrosonics LMb wireless belt pack transmitter and R400a diversity receiver plus a gooseneck-mounted DPA microphone, typically in just one or two takes.
“It’s interesting to hear how the ambience varies between locations,” says Kelly, who has shot videos in downtown Los Angeles, on Santa Monica Pier and in Haiti while on tour. “They all sound different, which is fascinating to me. And Lectrosonics and DPA captured how the sound changes perfectly.”
“Lectrosonics and DPA is just such an incredible pairing,” she continues. “The thing I love so much about it is being wireless. Whether it’s playing on top of my Prius, on a moving Ferris wheel or on a live show, it gives me such freedom.”