Posts Tagged ‘Brian Allen’

Brian Allen Moving Right Along

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Pretty amazing spring for a trombonist in Mexico. Played Vive Latino (biggest rock festival in Latin America) and recorded a new album for RareNoise Records with Brainkiller. Played all over the country with Brainkiller, A Love Electric and legendary percussionist Cyro Baptista. Beautiful festivals and venues in Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, Chiapas, Durango, Tobasco, Guadalajara, Queretaro, Puebla, Morelia, Aguascalientes and Mexico City. A solo concert. A short US West Coast run. Tomorrow, opening for Peter Brotzmann in the world-renowned Aural Festival.

Thursday, I head to Europe for a week of teaching and playing:

  • Friday, May 11
    Luzern Conservatory, Switzerland
  • Monday, May 14
    Porgy & Bess with Christian Radovan (trombone), Alois Eberl (trombone, accordion) and Se-Lien Chuang (bass recorder)
    Vienna, Austria
  • Tuesday, May 15
    JIM Institute for Jazz and Improvised Music at Anton Bruckner University, Linz Austria
  • Thursday, May 17
    Prague Conservatory, Czech Republic
  • Friday, May 18
    Jazzdock with Mark Aanderud (piano) and Tomáš Hobzek (drums)
    Prague, Czech Republic

Thank to Edwards for sponsoring these workshops.

Here are a few videos of Brainkiller at Vive Latino.

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Brian Allen Solo Concerts

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Dear Friends,

Recent solo concerts and teaching have been great. Thanks to Mark Weaver and The Roost in Albuquerque, Steve Paxton at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Stephen Jones at Texas Tech, Richard Birk at Brazosport College and JD Guzman at Spring HS.

Big thanks to Edwards Instrument Company for sponsoring these events, making this tour possible and supporting my art wherever it takes me.

Below are a few videos from the concert at The Roost.

Duo with Mark Weaver

Solo excerpt with rain

Solo improvisation excerpt

For updates, future events, releases, more videos and sound, visit For my related solo project (music, books, art, writing, etc.), visit and

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Brian Allen’s Brainkiller Mexico Tour and CD Release!

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Brainkiller in Mexico 2010I’m thrilled to announce that my band Brainkiller will be releasing our new CD next week on RareNoise Records! And we’re embarking on a pretty delicious-looking tour of Mexico!

First things first… BRAINKILLER: The Infiltration, available October 4 in the UK and soon thereafter in stores in the US, Europe and Japan. It will also be available on all of the usual online retailers (iTunes, emusic, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc.).

We’re excited to be working with RareNoise, a really cool label and home of a lot of interesting bands and artists like Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, Toshinori Kondo and Nils Petter Molvaer. Lots of cool things are cooking.

One of the album’s tracks, called Michaelsketch (by yours truly) is also the lead-off track on a new benefit compilation CD for the legendary bassist Mick Karn, who is, unfortunately, struggling with cancer. It is available on Amazon, Rhapsody and Zune. Here is more information.

Now, the Mexico Tour:

  • Universidad de San Juan del Rio, Queretaro
    October 6 @ 13 hrs
  • La Encrucijada Jazz, Jazz Club, Queretaro
    October 7 @ 22 hrs ($80)
  • Feria del Libro, Zócalo del DF, Entrada Libre
    October 8 @ 21 hrs
  • Cuernavaca, festival de arte Revindie, Museo Casona, John Spencer
    October 9th 2010
  • UNAM, DF, Facultad de Química – Auditorio A
    October 11 @ 13:00 hrs
  • UNAM, DF, Facultad de Economía – Vestíbulo
    October 11 @ 17:00 hrs
  • FORO 81, Junto al Convite, Ajusco 81, Portales Sur, DF
    October 12 @ 21 hrs ($80)
  • UNAM, DF, Facultad de Derecho – Vestíbulo
    October 13 @ 12:00 hrs
  • Centro Cultural España, Centro Historico, DF, Entrada Libre
    October 13 @ 22 hrs – CD RELEASE PARTY!!!
  • UNAM, DF, FES Aragón – Teatro
    October 14
  • Film Club Cafe, Satelite, Mexico DF
    October 14 @ 21 hrs ($80)
  • Pollak Forum, Polanco, Mexico DF
    October 15 @ 21:30 hrs ($80)

Brainkiller began 10 years ago, originally a duo with pianist Jacob Koller, who now lives in Tokyo. Mexico City drummer Hernan Hecht came on board over 3 years ago and Brainkiller has been a trio ever since. I’ve been here in Mexico City this week writing new music for us, so we’ll be playing tunes from the record and new things in preparation for an upcoming recording.

You can listen to Brainkiller music, see videos and keep up with all the updates on our Facebook page. And here are a few videos from earlier Brainkiller tours:

Hope to see you here or there. Thanks for your support and interest!

Brian Allen

Brian Allen Duo Touring Texas

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Hi everyone,

Please excuse the last minute notice. I’m on a little Texas duo tour for the next week with Mexico City-based Argentinean drummer Hernan Hecht. We’ll be playing in Austin, Nacogdoches and Houston. Here are the details:

  • Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, TX (with special guest Alex Coke, saxophone)
    Sunday, September 19 @ 9:30 PM
  • Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, TX
    Monday, September 20. 1pm masterclass, 7:30pm concert
  • Spring High School in Houston, TX (with special guest Dennis Dotson, trumpet)
    Wednesday, September 22 at 4pm

Keep up with the developments, upcoming CD release, videos, etc. on our Facebook page. Watch videos from our epic 2007 US tour. And stop by our MySpace page.

Recent Activity

I had a good few weeks on the east coast. Gave a couple of concerts (solo trombone at Downtown Music Gallery in Manhattan and trio with Ellery Eskelin and Nate Wooley at IBEAM in Brooklyn), got an upcoming recording “obscure relatives and prepositions” mastered and had a nice recording session with Dave Ballou and Michael Formanek in Baltimore.

I also gave a couple of improvisation/trombone masterclasses. The first was at Hunter College in NYC, where Ryan Keberle teaches. He’s a fantastic trombonist, composer, arranger and educator that I met at the Banff Camp 10 years ago. I’m enjoying his new Double Quartet CD this morning (two trombones, trumpet, horn, tuba + rhythm section). Beautiful colors!! The second masterclass was at Towson University, where Dave Ballou teaches, in Baltimore. Dave does the impossible on the trumpet, playing improvised and notated music and everything between. Before our recording session, he and I practiced a little bit. At the end, he played a Bach Violin Partita by memory that was just stunning. Dave was also at Banff as a teacher when Ryan and I were there. Although I met Dave in NYC a year earlier (I saw him on a *sick* quartet gig with Dave Liebman), many of my current associations and projects have roots in Banff.

Back in Texas for a week or two, I’ve been giving some masterclasses at some fine Houston area high school jazz programs. I also just learned that I’m the recipient of a 2010-2011 ASCAPlus Award, which is a honorable recognition for composers who have works performed in non-mainstream types of venues.

More news soon, but in the meantime I’m on Facebook if you are interested in the various goings on of my creative pursuits, some of them involving the trombone.

Thanks for your interest,


Brian Allen’s “Rewritable” to be Performed at ITF 2010

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Howdy folks,

I’m proud to announce that my trombone quartet “Rewritable” is being performed by the Stephen F. Austin Trombone Choir under the direction of Dr. Deb Scott this Wednesday, July 7 at ITF 2010 in Austin. The performance takes place at 7:15pm in Bates Hall, Butler School of Music at the University of Texas.

Unfortunately, I am unable to attend the festival in my own home state, for pete’s sake (I’m recording and playing in Mexico City), but I’ll be there in spirit. Please go if you can and support this ensemble. They premiered my piece at the 2009 TMEA Convention and are still not sick of it, even after a year and a half of practice.

On a personal note, I studied with Deb when I was in high school. I learned so much from her and got hip to so much music, literature and recordings, coinciding with me catching the jazz, experimental music and composition bugs. She’s always been supportive and encouraging of whatever I’m going after. I’m lucky to have had her as a teacher. Judging from a few visits to SFA over the past few years, I’d wager that her current students feel the same.

Have fun, enjoy the BBQ and the A/C.


Brian Allen Tokyo Concert and Update

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Howdy Folks,

I’ve been in Tokyo for the past month, playing a dozen or so concerts and finishing up a new recording with Braindreamer, my 10 year old duo with pianist/composer Jacob Koller. We have one more concert this Thursday, May 6. We’ll be sharing the bill with the fantastic duo of pianist/composer Satoko Fujii and trumpeter/composer Natsuki Tamura. Here are the details:

Thursday May 6
Cremonia Studio in Ogikubo
adv. 2000 yen/ at the door 2500 yen
5-22-7 Ogikubo
Suginami-ku, Tokyo 167-0051

Cremonia is 2 minutes from Ogikubo (JR or subway) south exit. Here is the map (in Japanese!)

If you need any extra info, please email me: brian (at) braintone (dot) com

We’re both doing duo sets with separate grand pianos. Seems like some 2 piano/2 horn quartet excitement is in order too. I played with Satoko 4 years ago at The Stone in NYC with her NY Orchestra and before that as a duo at University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Both were truly special and memorable events. If you don’t know their music, visit Satoko’s website.

Braindreamer is the new name for the duo, originally called Brainkiller. Brainkiller has permanently morphed into a trio with drummer Hernan Hecht so we’ve given each group a separate identity.

For more about Braindreamer, including live and new audio and video material (audio/video), visit Also, visit to see a short “making of” video of our upcoming album “bAtOnQ”.

We’re planning a fall US tour for the new CD release. Please drop a line if you’d be interested in having us perform and/or give a workshop. Performance opportunities are increasingly rare for us. Jacob lives in Tokyo now, playing and teaching like a madman (his new Chopin piano trio CD on the Japanese label Omagatoki is getting gobs of attention here and truly is off the chain, I must say).

Thanks, as always, for your interest.

Brian Allen

Brian Allen Beyond Borderline

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

The following is a message from Brian Allen

To all the folks in Mexico and other concerned parties…

I’m playing several times in the Mexico City area this month, so please come out and say hello. Check my MySpace for last minute updates, additional concerts and information if you’re planning to attend.

  • Festival Ollin Jazz Tlalpan w/Adrian Terrazas Quartet
    Aug. 12 @ 8PM
  • Cafe ES3 w/Adrian Terrazas Quartet
    Aug. 13 @ 9PM
    Hotel Virreyes, Izazaga y Eje Central
  • El Imperial w/Adrian Terrazas Quartet
    Aug. 14 @ 10PM
    Alvaro Obregon 293 esq. Oaxaca
  • Festival Ollin Jazz Tlalpan w/Daniel Zlotnik Quintet
    Aug. 15 @ 7PM
  • Casa Hilvana duo w/Hernan Hecht
    Aug. 18 @ TBA
    Colonia Roma
  • Cafe ES3 duo w/Hernan Hecht
    Aug. 19 @ TBA
    Hotel Virreyes, Izazaga y Eje Central
  • Zacatecas Jazz Festival, Zacatecas
    Aug. 27 @ 9PM
    Museo Manuel Felguérez?Calle Colón s/n esq. Seminario Col. Centro
  • El 81 w/Adrian Terrazas Quartet
    Sep. 4 @ 10PM
    Ajusco No. 81 Portales Sur

For venue info on concerts at the Ollin Kan Festival, please visit

There are so many great players in Mexico City. Adrian Terrazas ( plays woodwinds with Mars Volta and leads a energetic two horn quartet with me and Mexico City-based bassist Carlos Maldonado and drummer Hernan Hecht. Daniel Zlotnik is another fantastic woodwinds player that I met on my first trip to DF 2 1/2 years ago. And Hernan is in several projects with me now, including this duo and the Brainkiller Trio.

For more info, videos, sounds and more: (my website) (my solo MySpace) (my YouTube channel)

Brian Allen’s Tour Update (with Videos)

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

I’ve put together some new videos from my October solo concerts:

Comprehensive complilation

16 second dance mix

Complete performance at Oklahoma State University

These can also be found (along with some new streaming live solo recordings from the tour) at

And don’t forget that I still have two more events on my tour:

Brian Allen Touring All Over, USA

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Brian Allen is preparing for an extended tour that starts in Maryland and ends in Texas. If you happen to be near any of these venues, check him out. You won’t be disappointed.

Brian Allen Solo Trombone Recital and Masterclass Tour

  • Towson University
    Baltimore, MD – 9/30
  • Harvard University
    Cambridge, MA – 10/6
  • Boston University
    Boston, MA – 10/7
  • Brazosport College
    Lake Jackson, TX – 10/12
  • Stephen F. Austin University
    Nacogdoches, TX – 10/13
  • Salvage Vanguard Theater
    Austin, TX – 10/14
  • Oklahoma State University
    Stillwater, OK – 10/19
  • University of Arkansas
    Fayetteville, AR – 10/20
  • Anderson College
    Anderson, SC – 10/22
  • University of Alabama
    Birmingham, AL -10/24
  • Florida State University
    Tallahassee, FL – 10/27
  • University of the Incarnate Word
    San Antonio, TX – 11/13
  • University of New Mexico
    Albuquerque, NM – 11/16
  • Arizona State University
    Tempe, AZ — 11/18
  • Big XII Trombone Conference
    Lubbock, TX – 1/16 – 1/18

For details, updates, videos, music and more, visit the following:

Brian Allen Goes to Mexico

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Brainkiller Trio is heading back to Mexico this week. Phoenix keyboardist Jacob Koller, Argentinian drummer Hernan Hecht and I will meet in Mexico City, where Hernan is currently based, to play several concerts of our original music. We’ll again be playing for wonderful people in some beautiful venues and enjoying the amazing food. My MySpace page has some videos and sounds from our last Mexico tour.

Brainkiller Trio in Mexico

In the meantime, here is a duo video of Hernan Hecht and me at the Clarion at Brazosport College this past April. This particular one starts with me on the Atari and then moving the trombone for the second half.

I have also again composed several pieces, inluding two bass trombone pieces, and produced recordings of the Texas All State Jazz Audition Etudes. Check if you’d like to order yourself a copy of the recordings. This year, I’m offering all of them as MP3 downloads.