Audiences and music critics most often describe Brian Grimm’s performances as: beautiful, transportive & meditative. Though Classically trained and studied in Jazz, Brian also grew up surrounded by Chinese instruments. This has pulled him into a life passion for learning music from all around the world. Brian’s teachers include members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, the WuJi Ensemble (Hong Kong), the Buselli–Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, & Sitar virtuoso Pt. Sugato Nag (India). Grimm’s studies in global music traditions, both ancient and modern, find their way into each piece he performs.
Price Range: $350 & up
Gig Length: 25 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
Audiences and music critics most often describe Brian Grimm’s performances as: beautiful, transportive & meditative. In Grimm’s solo set, you will hear dances of the unaccompanied Bach cello suites; dulcet turquoise tones of the seven-string Guqin zither from China; ever popular melodies of the Erhu Chinese fiddle adapted for cello; North Indian Classical Ragas; and original compositions from his dance & theatre scores. Being that Grimm is a musical polyglot, it is also worth mentioning that he has studied Flamenco from his brother AJ (guitarist – The Brothers Grimm), North Indian Classical music from Sitar virtuoso Pt. Sugato Nag, in addition to performing Jazz, Free Improvisation & New Music repertoire for 15 years. These studies of music from around the world, both ancient and modern, find their way into every piece that Grimm performs and gives him a flexibility to tailor each performance specifically to the venue & audience he may encounter.
Cellist & composer Brian Grimm grew up surrounded by Chinese string instruments of every sort. After initiating lessons in with virtuosos Yang Wei (pipa) & Daxun Zhang (bass) of the Silkroad Ensemble, Brian was lucky to continue his Chinese music studies on guqin (zither), pipa (lute), erhu (fiddle) & daruan (bass lute) in Hong Kong with members of the 香港中樂團 Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra & Wuji Ensemble 無極樂團. Grimm’s deep passion for music traditions from around the world has continued to grow and recently he has been studying North Indian Classical music from sitar virtuoso Pt. Sugato Nag (Kolkata, West Bengal, India). Over the last 15 years Grimm has developed a deep language of Free Improvisation & Composition with groups such as The Brothers Grimm, Lovely Socialite, and Brennan Connors & Stray Passage.
"Brian Grimm is something of an experimental-music powerhouse in Madison.” – Scott Gordon, Tone Madison, 2016
In conjunction with performing & teaching, Brian runs GrimmusiK Records – a label for all projects involving him & his brother AJ (classical & flamenco guitar). As an educator, Brian teaches all ages workshops on free-improvisation: “Music Improvisation = Conversation”; & Chinese music: “Melodies of China”. Brian loves the enthusiastic questions that arise after his performances. He always encourages the audience to follow their curiosity and learn about more global traditions – thus growing empathy and understanding for the people who have created such wondrous cultures.
Additional Booking Notes
Anything in Blue/Green I will provide. Anything in Red/Orange should be provided by the venue. Please refer to my Stage Plot: (link hidden)
Upcoming Booked Events
|May 05, 2018 • 5:00pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
Influences & Inspiration
Yo-yo Ma. Ravi Shankar. Wu Man. Jimi Hendrix. JS Bach. AJ Grimm. Paco de Lucia. Jaco Pastorious. Duke Elington. Miles Davis.
I can provide my own PA setup, if necessary. I will provide my own chair and music stand.
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