BRAINDREAMER (formerly “BRAINKILLER”) have toured North America and Japan since forming in 2000, playing in concert halls, universities, galleries, museums, community centers, schools, clubs, jazz and new music festivals, frequently collaborating with bassist Mark Dresser, percussionist Corey Fogel and BackTedNTed. Their first self-titled CD earned critical praise from publications such as Pitchfork, One Final Note and AllAboutJazz.
BRIAN ALLEN performs as a soloist, duos with Jacob Koller and Hernan Hecht and performances with others such as Anthony Braxton, Mark Dresser, Ellery Eskelin, Satoko Fujii, Dominique Leone, Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey and Roswell Rudd. He has played 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. He has given workshops at over 50 universities and public schools, including UNAM (Mexico City), Berklee College, Harvard University, Boston University, Florida State University and the Big 12 Area Trombone Conference. He studied trombone with Don Lucas and composition with Mary Jeanne van Appledorn at Texas Tech University.
Brian received music composition residencies from Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, Houston’s Diverse Works, 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 is a contributing composer for the VoxNovus program 60×60. Brian is an artist/clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company. www.braintone.com
At the age of 4 JACOB KOLLER began studying classical piano. At age 5 he gave his first piano recital and before entering high school he won over 10 classical piano competitions including the Arizona Yamaha Piano Competition.
In high school he developed a new passion for jazz and improvisation. He began working professionally in the Phoenix area from the age of 14, playing with the finest jazz musicians in the valley including Dennis Roland, Jesse Mcguire, Margo Reid, Dwight Killian, Dom Moio, and Fred Forney. He attended Arizona State University on a full jazz scholarship and studied under Chuck Mahronic.
He has also studied privately with world class pianists such as Kenny Werner, Fred Hersch and Uri Caine and has performed all around the globe with the likes of Mark Dresser, Terrence Blanchard, Tony Malaby and Martin Denny. www.jacobkoller.com