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"Trombonist Brian Allen brings a burst of energy to contemporary creative music" - Santella AAJNY

“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

Composer and Trombonist Brian Allen performs as a soloist, duos with Jacob Koller and Hernan Hecht, the trio Brainkiller, and collaborations with other noted artists such as Dave Ballou, Anthony Braxton, Gerald Cleaver, Mark Dresser, Ellery Eskelin, Satoko Fujii, Drew Gress, Dominique Leone, Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey, Roswell Rudd, Nate Wooley and the Creative Opportunity Orchestra.  He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Bang On A Can Festival, Roulette, The Stone, Knitting Factory, CBGB's, Barbes, Les Siestes Electroniques Festival Toulouse, and College of Santa Fe Electroacoustic Festival.  In fall 2008, Brian completed an international solo concert and masterclass tour of over 20 universities.

Brian received a music composition residency from the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, a Meet the Composer Global Connections Grant for Mexico and featured on NPR's Sound Clips Series for his sonic investigations of the trombone. A recipient of the ASCAPlus Award, Brian has works for wind, jazz, percussion, and chamber ensembles with performances at International Trombone Festival, Society for Composers Conference at Rice University, Eastern Trombone Workshop, Texas Music Educators Association, and other jazz, electronic and new music festivals. He received a composition residency from Houston's Diverse Works and is a composer for VoxNovus 60x60.

Brian has released six CDs on his own label Braintone Records, including six years L8R (solo amplified trombone) and Synapse (improvised trio with saxophonist Tony Malaby and percussionist Tom Rainey).

Allen has taught across the US and Mexico, giving workshops at UNAM, Berklee College of Music, Harvard University, Boston University, Florida State University, Arizona State University, Big 12 Trombone Conference, College of Santa Fe, Oklahoma State University, Arkansas State University, Universtiy of Alabama, University of North Texas, University of Houston, University of Texas at San Antonio, Anderson University, Hunter College, Tarleton University, Texas Christian University, Stephen F Austin University, Brazosport College, Towson College, Incarnate Word University, New Mexico State University, Denver Metro State, St. Louis Low Brass Collective, and over 30 middle and high schools. 

His masterclass entitled "Listen to Yourself: Deepening Artistry and Technique Through Improvisation and Ear Training" is designed to help performers of any instrument and genre to improve their musicianship and artistic concept.

Brian is an artist/clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company.  He studied trombone with Don Lucas and composition with Mary Jeanne van Appledorn at Texas Tech University, receiving a Bachelors in Performance and Masters in Composition.  He has also studied privately with master musicians Roswell Rudd, David Liebman, Ellery Eskelin and Milford Graves.