Posts Tagged ‘tour’

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’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.

Brian Allen Stays Home and Plays

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

While not as immediately exotic as Siberia or Thailand, Lake Jackson Texas really could be considered another country as Mr. Wilkins could verify. This coming weekend, I’ll be playing some duos here with the great Argentinian drummer Hernan Hecht.

Brian Allen || Hernan Hecht Duo April 2008 Tourette

  • Sunday, April 20 – The Clarion at Brazosport College, Lake Jackson 4pm. Admission is free
  • Monday, April 21 – Klein Oak HS in Houston, 3pm
  • Tuesday, April 22 – Hecht Drum Clinic at Brazoswood HS, Lake Jackson 8:30am
  • Tuesday, April 22 – Allen + Hecht Masterclass at Lake Jackson Intermediate School, 4pm $5 suggested donation

Brian Allen – trombone, Atari 2600, melodica, Kaoss Pad and other toys and electronics
Hernan Hecht – drums, electronics, percussion, toys (

The Clarion is a beautiful performance hall with amazing acoustics. It is 50 miles south of Houston and one of the nicest places I’ve ever played. I have had the honor of teaching at Brazosport College since 2002.

Mexico City-based Hernan Hecht and I met in Merida in the Yucatan Peninsula, January 2007 when I got a grant from the organization Meet the Composer to rehearse and perform my music with a new band composed of Mexico-based musicians. Last September, Hernan and I did a very intense duo southwestern U.S. tour, with over 11 concerts in 10 days, playing all over Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. We will have a duo CD coming out shortly.

Check out some of our videos at YouTube.

Now Hernan has joined Brainkiller, my duo with Phoenix pianist Jacob Koller, and we’re really excited about our recently recorded CD after a rocking fall Mexico tour. In March, the trio played several concerts in Phoenix, including a show at the eternally cool and supportive Modified Arts Space, opening for Carla Bozulich. I also did an Edwards-sponsored clinic at Peoria HS in Phoenix.

Watch for upcoming news/events. And check out some more YouTube videos.

Reviews for “Synapse” my trio CD with Tony Malaby and Tom Rainey, are still coming in with the latest being in the Greek Jazz Magazine “Jazz and Tazz.” If you can translate, please have a look here or here (and scroll down).

You can still buy this CD at many fine vendors, including iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Downtown Music Gallery and through my website.

Jazz Trombone Ensemble fans might be interested in this clip from the 2005 Texas Tech University Jazz Bone Band, the year we won the ETW Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition and performed at ETW with the generous support of Edwards Instruments! This performance was at TMEA from that year, playing my tune “Knockoff.”

As always, please see my YouTube channel for all the above videos and much more.

Thanks for your support!

Ron Wilkins Sent to Siberia

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

On March 6th, my compatriots (Joel Dilley-Bassist and Darren Kuper-Drummer) and I flew from San Antonio, TX to Moscow, Russia to perform with Internationally renowned classical and jazz pianist and recording artist, Valeri Grohovski. I met Valeri in 1991 when he was a visiting professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and was immediately impressed by his virtuosity. He’s one of the greatest pianists in the world and it was a great honor to be invited to perform with him. After a couple of transfers in Cincinnati and New York, we were on our way to Moscow. Some eight hours later, we arrived in Moscow, went through customs and happily met Valeri and his two friends, Sergei and Misha, who helped us with our gear and drove us to Valeri’s exquisite apartment overlooking the Moscow river. We settled in, went over the tour schedule, had a marvelous lunch, and hit the road for our first of twelve concerts in sixteen days.

Our first concert was in the resort city of Magnitogorsk, some 3 1/2 hours (by plane) northwest of Moscow. We checked in late that night to the hotel affiliated with the concert hall and got some much needed rest. The next day we were served breakfast at the concert promoter’s office and viewed the hall. It was a large, 1500 seat auditorium (in need of and currently under restoration) with decent acoustics. Later that day, we had our sound check, went over the set list, and got ready for the performance. That evening the hall was packed and we blew them away. The songs we performed that evening, and the rest of the tour were:

First Set

  1. I Got Rhythm-Gershwin
  2. On Green Dolphin Street-Kaper
  3. Misty-Garner
  4. A Kiss to Build a Dream On-Armstrong
  5. It Don’t Mean a Thing, if it Ain’t Got That
    Swing-Ellington (this was particularly fun because the
    audience sang the "doo-wah’s"-the Loved it!!)

Second Set

  1. I Loves You Porgy-Gershwin (solo piano
    improvisation by Valeri-it was magical!!)
  2. Nostalgia in Times Square-Mingus (a bass
    trombone/acoustic bass duet-Very Cool!)
  3. Clark Terry’s "Mumbles" (some crazy scat singing)
  4. What A Wonderful World-Armstrong (the Russians
    loved this one too!)
  5. Fly Me to the Moon-a Sinatra Tribute
  6. Bernie’s Tune-B. Miller

We had standing ovations after every performance, and great receptions after wards. After the third performance, word spread throughout the tour that this group was "outstanding" and a "must hear." If fact, the Russian audiences nicknamed me "The Black Trombone (go figure)." I felt like a rock star!

After Magnitogorsk, we played concerts in Ekaterinberg (a beautiful concert venue with lots of marble and big acoustics), Kamensk (small, but decent hall), Perm ( an excellent hall, very big city, great people), Chelyabinsk (an 500 seat Organ recital hall-nice!), Surgut (live from Siberia-Brrrrr!!), Omsk (more Siberia-very cold weather, very warm people), back to Moscow for one of four concerts (two at jazz/supper clubs, one at Valrei’s high school, and the final one at Moscow’s main concert hall venue, Dom Musikee). We had one other concert in Kalingrad (they love Valeri there-nice old cathedral converted into a concert hall) before our final three concerts back in Moscow.

Before our last concert, Valeri expressed his joy and gratitude by telling us he plans to come back to Texas this summer and record a CD with us. We were ecstatic with this news, and spoke of plans to return next year for more performances, as well as proposing a European and Asian tour. The tour was a huge success, and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. We also made some great new friends (Sergei, Misha and his wife Tanya) and returned with enough memories to last a lifetime.

I was particularly pleased that my health was good throughout the tour. I had my blood pressure and kidney medications with me and took them twice a day as prescribed. The food was great, we had excellent libations (especially the vodka-magnificent!), all our transport, meals, and lodging were covered, and we took some interesting train rides (including one 28-30 hour trip) on the Trans-Siberian Railway. It’s good to see that jazz music (and American jazz musicians) is really appreciated in Russia, and I look forward to the next opportunity to perform there again. My Edwards Model B454 Bass Trombone (with D slide attachment) was a big hit with Russian musicians (particularly trombonists). They were thoroughly impressed with it’s big sound and flexibility. The horn held up very well on the road, and I’m thrilled with the craftsmanship and detail. It’s an AWESOME horn (lovingly named “Odin”).


Ron Wilkins

Ron Wilkins in Russia

Ron Wilkins in Russia

Brainkiller in Mexico

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Brainkiller Tour
Hello friends,

Brainkiller, my duo with Phoenix pianist Jacob Koller, is teaming up with Argentinian drummer Hernan Hecht for a trio tour in the Mexico City area next week. Here are the details:

Brian Allen_Trombone+FX . Jacob Koller_Rhodes+FX . Hernan Hecht_Drums+FX

November 13
Casa Hilvana, Colima 378, Planta Alta, Col Roma
$50, 21:00

November 14
Cafe ES3
Sor Juana Ines de La cruz, Tlanepantla

November 15
Rojo Vivo Bar, Toluca

November 16
Jazzatlan, Morelos 419
Esquina 6 Norte
San Pedro, Cholula

November 17
Coyoacan Jazz Fest

For more information:

There are some recent Brainkiller duo (acoustic trombone and piano) videos from a great performance hall in Lake Jackson, TX called The Clarion:

…and videos from my September Southwest US duo tour with Hernan:

Hernan and I use a lot of electronic effects in this duo. I am also playing melodica, Atari 2600 and other things.

Thanks for your support!

Brian Allen