Originally from Texas, Brian Allen performs as a solo trombonist,
in duo with Jacob Koller and Hernan Hecht, with Brainkiller and
other artists in creative music such as Dave Ballou, Cyro
Baptista, Anthony Braxton, Gerald Cleaver, Mark Dresser, Ellery
Satoko Fujii, Drew Gress, Dominique Leone, Tony
Malaby, Tom Rainey, Roswell Rudd, Nate Wooley and Creative
Opportunity Orchestra. He has performed across North America,
Europe and Japan at Roulette, The Stone, Porgy & Bess
(Vienna), Les Siestes Electroniques (Toulouse), Gezmataz
(Genova), Vive Latino, Festival Aural (Mexico City), Bang On A
Can Marathon, College of Santa Fe Electroacoustic Festival,
Carnegie Hall and CBGB's.

Brian received music composition residencies from Cité
Internationale des Arts (Paris), Diverse Works (Houston), a Meet
the Composer Global Connections Grant to Mexico and his
amplified trombone recordings were featured on NPR's Sound
Clips. A recipient of ASCAPlus Awards and composer for
VoxNovus 60x60, Brian has works commissioned for wind, jazz,
chamber, trombone and percussion ensembles performed at
Tanglewood Institute, International Trombone Festival, Cité
Universitaire (Paris), Society for Composers (Rice University),
Eastern Trombone Workshop, Texas Music Educators
Association and Big 12 Trombone Conference.

An artist/clinician for Edwards Trombones, Brian has taught
privately and given workshops at more than 50 universities and
high schools including Harvard, Berklee, Boston University,
Luzern Conservatory, Jazz Institute at Anton Bruckner University,
Prague Conservatory, UNAM, Oklahoma State, Florida State and
Arizona State University. He was instructor of brass, jazz and
electronic music classes at Brazosport College and Oregon
Festival of American Music.

In 2000 Brian started Braintone Records, releasing six cds to
date. For years he was a DJ on the venerable KTRU Jazz and
Improvised Music Show

As a writer, he has a book with poet Guadalupe Galván entitled
"Vals", published by Editorial Praxis. Guadalupe and Brian (
design books, clothing, postcards, art, performances of poetry
and music, and run
Cafe Aurora in Mexico City.

Brian studied trombone with Don Lucas and composition with
Mary Jeanne van Appledorn at Texas Tech University, receiving
a BM in Performance ('98) and MM in Composition ('05). He
attended the Banff Institute and summer workshops at University
of North Texas. He has also studied with master musicians
Roswell Rudd, David Liebman, Ellery Eskelin and Milford Graves.

"Trombonist Brian Allen brings a burst of energy to
contemporary creative music" - All About Jazz New York

“A sly pop influence comes through in his melodies, which owe
as much to Cobain as they do Coltrane (though they may have
the most spiritual connection to Monk)” - Pitchfork
(with Brainkiller)
photo by FluFluu

photo by FluFluu

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