I’m Leaving My Teaching Posts…

Here’s a little Bach gigue to dance you away, in joyful spirit

Life Update

Monday, 8/23/2021 was my last day teaching cello lessons! I’ve kept this pretty quiet, but I’m stepping away from all of my teaching posts at Monroe Street Arts Center, Prairie Music & Arts, and Music con Brio. It was a hard decision to make, but ’twas something that had been on my mind for a few years (even before the pandemic hit). Though I’m sad to say goodbye to all of my cello students and supportive families, I’m glad for all of the time we got to spend together making music! That time means a lot to me and I hope that I was able to make a positive impact on your lives.

It’s been pretty surreal to say ‘good-bye’ virtually to all of my students and employers, as opposed to in-person… I’ve taught at Monroe Street Arts Center and Prairie Music & Arts for 7 years and Music con Brio for 3 years, time just flies! I became close with many of my bosses and fellow teachers, and was really lucky to teach along side some very good friends and even some bandmates (how cool is that)! Though I’ll no longer be teaching for Music con Brio, I’ll still be on board as the Music Engraver for their Black Composer Project!! Can’t wait to see how this program blossoms!

An enormous Thank You to all of the administrative staff who helped schedule lessons, handle payments, and recruit students who fit my teaching style. Big Love and Respect to my bosses for believing in me as a teacher, and for giving me critical feedback alongside educational training to better my interactions with students. I learned A LOT.

I’ll be posting up more video lessons on my Brian Grimm’s Cello Zone YouTube & Instagram pages once the dust settles on the next few projects. So folks can continue to learn from me in that capacity, if you find my videos helpful.

I’m stepping away from teaching to focus my energies on Composition and Recording. Now that lessons are finished, I’ll be diving straight into doing sound design and theater score for 2 different Plays under the direction of my dear friend Mikael Burke!! Super excited to jump into the deep end on these productions, including a return to my alma mater Butler University!

PS. If you or your ensemble would like to commission a piece from me, or your band is going on tour and could use my mult-instrumental services… hit me up!!!


Brennan Connors & Stray Passage + Deconunisms @ AFA 7/16

Hey all, there is a new free-jazz trio in town!

Surrounded by Reality presents:

Deconunisms 

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage

Monday, 7/16

Audio For the Arts

Doors 7:30

$10

Brennan Connors (sax) leads Stray Passage to it’s first show this Monday, 8pm at Audio For the Arts!  Stray Passage will feature Brian Grimm on cello and Geoff Brady (Glacier, Yid Vicious) on kit.  We look forward to sharing the set with Deconunisms, a killer free jazz trio featuring Luke Polipnick (guitar), Devin Drobka (drums), & John Christensen (bass).

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Check out this recent Isthmus article by Scott Gordon about the SBR change of hands

WALT 2pm today at WI Film Fest!

WALT

USA | 2011 | 11 min | DVD

narrative | section: Wisconsin’s Own | World

directed by: Thom Anthony
screenplay: Thom Anthony
editor: Nicklaus Reichel
cinematography: Jacob Lipke
production assistant: Jennifer Claire Ruetten
music: Brian Grimm
producer: Nicklaus Reichel
cast: Arthur Noble, Dominique Chestand, Alan Struthers, Morgan Boland, Thom Anthony

synopsis: In the days prior to Halloween, Walt tinkers in his basement, plays chess in a laundromat with his friend Rhonda, and becomes lost in classical music. Art, friendship, and the ability to see things differently all intertwine in this touching film shot right here in Madison.

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WALT made the Isthmus WI Film Fest Highlights list ~ check it out!

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Stream the original BC Grimm soundtrack below!