solo trombone
I have performed solo concerts and tours since 2000.  In 2008, I completed an international solo/masterclass tour of over 20 universities and featured at the 2009 Big 12 Trombone Conference at Texas Tech University.  
see a short solo promotional video
see the 2008 tour documentary video

I give workshops, clinics and private lessons concerning improvisation, composition, trombone-related issues,  jazz, ensemble coaching and theory.  Past visits include Berklee, Harvard, Boston University, Arizona State University, Florida State University, UNAM (Mexico City), St. Louis Low Brass Collective, Oregon Festival of American Music among many other universities, junior colleges, high schools and organizations.


BA w/Jacob Koller (keyboards) and Hernan Hecht (drums) create a wildly original universe owing as much to Monk and Zeppelin as Xenakis and Cobain. 
"Despite all manner of diversions and mood changes, the direction never seems to change. And when they're over, I feel like I've just been told a short story." - Pitchfork 
see brainkiller videos on YouTube
visit brainkiller myspace

sabotonku: brian allen and jacob koller
The long-standing duo integrates acoustic and electronic sounds in an experimental, conceptually eclectic approach.  2010 marks 10 years of collaboration and a new CD.  "The Duo creates hypnotic landscapes that gallivant through freewheeling jazz, avant-classical and art-rock territories." - Phoenix New Times

brian allen || hernan hecht

The duo creates anthems for last place soccer teams, jams for alien big band dances, and songs for calculus teachers.  Augmenting their respective primary instruments of trombone and drums, Brian and Hernan employ all manner of electronics: 8 bit sounds, samplers, melodica and various other noisemakers.  Debut CD soon.
visit allen || hecht myspace
see allen||hecht videos on YouTube

brian allen w/tony malaby and tom rainey
w/Malaby (tenor saxophone) and Rainey (drums), Melodies, textures and rhythms emerge and vanish, with the music weaving effortlessly in a multi-dimensional spacious swirl between the three like-minded improvisers. 
"Synapse" was released in 2006 in conjunction with an extensive tour. 

“Their mode of expression is ruggedly free-form, but with a high degree of collective sensibility.” Nate Chinen New York Times

"The two horn players exhibit a natural ease with multilinear improvisation, whether creating instantaneous structural gambits for one another or simply blowing full-speed ahead in tandem" Peter Margasak - Downbeat

"Backbeats surging out of nowhere, spars of skittering melody, rising tenor waves stopped short by cymbal scrapes and plaintive gulps.” Clifford Allen - Paris Transatlantic

brian allen mexican quartet
with Armando Martin (guitar) Arturo Baez (bass) and Hernan Hecht (drums).  Making their debut in Merida, Yucatan Mexico, this quartet was formed in conjunction with a grant from Meet the Composer Global Connections for Brian to collaborate with Mexican musicians on his compositions. Heavily rock oriented, the quartet creates collages of melodies and rhythms, challenging perceptions of time, awareness and reality. 
see mexican quartet videos on YouTube