Meet the Reviewers of Ambient Visions
composer/multi-media artist Allen Welty-Green
was raised in Nashville, TN. He has been playing music, both
solo and with various progressive and ambient ensembles since the
70's. Disillusionment with the music industry led him to explore the
world of avant-garde dance & performance art in the mid 80s. This
led to the formation of the Mind's Eye Performance Group with whom he
toured extensively across the Eastern USA, performing his ambient
synthesizer scores to surreal dance and movement theater pieces
performed by Jason Litchford. Some of Mind's Eye's earliest
performances were at the Space For Music events organized by Tony
Gerber (of Spacecraft), another Nashville resident.
Mind's Eye went on hiatus in
the early 90s and Welty-Green relocated to Atlanta. He then formed
Gnosis, an artistic cooperative with choreographer L.E. Udaykee.
Gnosis has created a touring multi-media production, Reality Check ( http://www.mindspring.com/~agmedia/reality.html).
In order to perform the multi-layered Reality Check music live, he
put together the post-progressive, new edge music ensemble Z-Axis
In addition to his work with Gnosis and Z-Axis, he has also collaborated extensively with many other dance and theater artists, including Seven Stages, Beacon Dance, Gateway Performance Productions, Cherie Carson, and the Teatr Nowy in Poznan, Poland. Among his musical influences, Welty-Green cites Peter Gabriel (especially his Passion album), Laurie Anderson, King Crimson, Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, Ozric Tentacles... and such progressive rock stalwarts as (old) Genesis and Yes.
Allen used to write music reviews for Option Magazine before their demise. He also covered the Nashville alternative music scene quite extensively in the early 80's for The Nashville Intelligence Report, Grab!, and Trouser Press. His reviews for Ambient Visions mark his return to the world of music journalism.