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Kelly Pratt (musician)

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Kelly Pratt
Kelly Pratt playing with Beirut, France, 2009
Kelly Pratt playing with Beirut, France, 2009
Background information
Birth nameKelly Pratt
BornLexington, Kentucky
United States
GenresIndie-rock, World Music
Instrument(s)trumpet, flugelhorn, euphonium, French horn, flute
Years active2006–present

Kelly Pratt is an arranger and multi-instrumentalist best known for his horn work in the band Beirut and with David Byrne.[1]


Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Pratt has been a member of Beirut since the band's relocation to Brooklyn, playing in the live band and on the recordings.[2] He joined Montreal's Arcade Fire on their Neon Bible world tour in 2007–2008, playing trumpet, flugelhorn, euphonium, French horn and flute. Pratt has also been an arranger and musical director for David Byrne & St. Vincent, leading the brass section for the tour promoting their album Love This Giant.[3] He is currently arranger and conductor for Father John Misty.

In addition to the previous bands he has performed and/or recorded with Coldplay, LCD Soundsystem, Passion Pit, James Iha, Owen Pallett, The War on Drugs, The Antlers, Lonnie Holley, and Anthony Braxton, amongst others.

Pratt is the singer and chief songwriter of Bright Moments, a Brooklyn-based indie rock band. Their debut album Natives was released February 21, 2012 on Luaka Bop.[1][4]

Selected discography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Feature Interview: Team B", Ca Va Cool, April 24, 2009, retrieved February 15, 2011
  2. ^ "Loneliness and Sorrow With an Exotic Oomph", New York Times, February 8, 2009, retrieved February 15, 2011
  3. ^ "Review: Love This Giant", NY Times, September 10, 2012, retrieved September 17, 2012
  4. ^ "Review: Team B – Genesis Reply To Censure (Minotaur Shock Remix)", Ash Bees Fragments, July 28, 2010, retrieved February 15, 2011
  5. ^ "Maccabees, The – Wall of Arms", Discogs, retrieved February 15, 2011
  6. ^ "Emilie Simon Announces New Album "The Big Machine"", Alt Sounds, January 28, 2011, archived from the original on February 5, 2011, retrieved February 15, 2011

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