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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!

Sincerely,
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

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