Originally a classical violist from Providence, R.I., he studied at the Oberlin Conservatory and then at Juilliard, where he collaborated with Metro Area's Darshan Jesrani and Morgan Geist on tracks like "Miura", "The Art of Hot" and "Caught Up". He released a number of EP's as part of The Kelley Polar Quartet on Environ Records. His first solo album, Love Songs of the Hanging Gardens which was released in 2005, contains elements of house, disco and pop. His follow up I Need You To Hold On While The Sky Is Falling was released in March 2008 in the US and most of Europe.
He is the brother of Blevin Blectum. As Mike Kelley, he is the violist for the Apple Hill Chamber Players.
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