What Clients, Critics, and Collaborators are Saying…

What Clients, Critics, and Collaborators are Saying…

[Guqin Yoga/Meditation] “Everything is exactly as it should be. Breathe. Listen. Actively and peacefully exist. Swirls of yellows and limes invite you to reflect. Gratitude for this moment is deeper than can be expressed. Observing and participating in the peace that … Continue reading

Jessica Strauss, Playwright/Director

[Guqin Yoga/Meditation]  “I had the immense privilege of experiencing Brian’s musically guided meditation. The centering powers of the qin while masterfully and thoughtfully played by Brian invited me into a state of calm that had seemed unachievable previously. I am grateful … Continue reading

Jessica Strauss, Playwright/Director

[Dance/Theater Score]  “The Collaborative Process – Brian, has worked very closely with our directors to produce not only the kind of sound that a production needs, but the kind of score that transcends the page.   Commitment – Like an … Continue reading

Erin S. Baal, Board of Directors, Strollers Theatre Ltd., Madison

[Dance/Theater Score]  “I strongly recommend Brian Grimm and his work as a composer and collaborator. I worked with Brian on a unique project over an intensive six-month period in 2010 in which he created, composed, and played live onstage an … Continue reading

James Still, Writer and Director, Los Angeles

[Dance/Theater Score]  “Brian Grimm is a true collaborator. I highly recommend him as his expertise, generosity, and improvisational skills made him an integral element of Indiana Repertory Theater’s success with the production of ‘Mary’s Wedding’. Brian’s passion for music, narrative, … Continue reading

Gwendolyn Whiteside, Producing Artistic Director, American Blues Theater, Chicago

[Dance/Theater Score]  “There are very few artists that I trust implicitly, and Brian is one of them.  It’s amazing how much he can capture emotion and the human condition in those inanimate strings.”

Tommy Lewey, Choreographer & Director, NoExit Performance, Indianapolis

[Album Review]  “Madison, WI-based avant-jazz explorer BC Grimm is well known locally not just for his phenomenal cello work in live collaborations with artists like Julian Lynch, Spires That In The Sunset Rise, and the mighty Db Pedersen (to name … Continue reading

Signal Dreams, 2014

[Album Review]  “Madison-based multi-instrumentalist Brian Grimm specializes in playing the guqin and guzheng, Chinese zithers that sometimes run as large as a small canoe. He’s also a classically trained cellist and, under the name Brain Grimmer, produces adept and twisted … Continue reading

Arts Extract Podcast, 2014

[Album Review]  “Madison composer and cellist Brian Grimm’s meditative, experimental soundscapes blend modern improvisational styles with ancient Chinese string instrument technique. …Prepare to be transported into a beautiful dream.“

Isthmus Daily Page, 2016

[Album Review] “[Orbis Obscura] … builds, peaks, and resolves through a series of aural whirlwinds and jolting, churning dialogue between the ancient sonic traditions of a 2,000-year old instrument and a just-encountered effects pedal.”

Emili Earhart, Tone Madison’s “Top 20 Best Madison Records of 2016”

[Album Review] “Brian Grimm is something of an experimental-music powerhouse in Madison.”; ” …one of the most sonically untethered things Grimm has put out there so far—which is saying something, and also not a complaint. He uses this eccentric but … Continue reading

Scott Gordon, Tone Madison, 2016

[Album Review]  “- a totally immersive, blissed-out trip that transports the listener away to distant climes…simply beautiful!”, “…glimmers of ‘sci-fi’ noises bleed through the drones. Over the course of the 35 minutes it totally immerses the listener in wave upon … Continue reading

 Dayz Of Purple And Orange (UK), 2016

[Album Review]  “(Brothers Grimm) … able to create extremely striking contemporary classical with only string instruments.  Compositions like “Stochastic Contexture: Heads” possess the unique ability to calm and agitate almost simultaneously.”

AV Club, Madison, 2012

[Album Review]  “(Brothers Grimm) … compositions are both classical and experimental, both disciplined and exploratory.”

Isthmus Daily Page, 2012

[Services: Events/Fundraiser]  “We hired Brian to provide music for a fundraiser for a community organization with approximately 75 guests. He was wonderful to work with and his music added an element to our event that was unique and elegant. Brian … Continue reading

Lynn K. Lodahl, Attorney, Hawks Quindel s.c.

[Guqin Yoga/Meditation]  “Brian’s accompaniment and flexibility as an artist added elements of grounding, exquisite expression, and serenity to our recent Y-Massage retreat. We are thrilled to be able to work with him again.”

Shannel and LaCouir Yancey, Y-Massage

[Services: Wedding]  “I am so grateful for what Brian brought to our ceremony.  Being able to provide such a broad request for a certain type of mood, having him dial in immediately and help it grow was priceless.  His presence … Continue reading

Neil Jarman

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17th Unniversary Suite

This Valentine’s Day we’re celebrating
Susan & John’s 17th Unniversary!

Recently, I was commissioned to write some original music for Susan & John’s 17th “Unniversary”. Susan (aka “Aunt Mickey”) is a dear friend of my partner Anne’s family (Anne is featured on viola!). Susan is a flutist with a great sense of humor who loves everything from Jazz to Experimental Improvisation to New Music and anything deemed whacky by ordinary standards!

Movement I the “Scorpio Serenade” (title suggested by Aunt Mickey) starts on a bit of a reflective note and somber tone. This waltz (again per the suggestion of Aunt Mickey) leaves some space to think back on how difficult a year 2020 was for most of us. Susan and John who had some especially terrifying, exciting & life threatening events transpire. On top of the fact that we are a bit stuck in the home and stuck in the moment, as represented by the flute’s continuing ostinato line… It is a bit somber because were are unable to be in each other’s physical presence to enjoy or celebrate life’s moments together. But as you will experience during the solo section, we are passionate none the less!

As we keep moving forward with hopeful energies, we find ourselves in Movement II, the “Joyous Dance”! Here the foreground cello and viola parts represent the two souls of our lovers, intertwined in a celebratory dance. The flute soloing in the background represents the pure energy of their joy radiating off of the dancing souls. Special thanks to Iva Ugrčić for her spirited flute contributions to this track!

In Movement III, a “Tapestry of Moments”, we find the friends and family who make up the small irreplaceable, separate moments of our lives sewn together into the single, unbroken, continuous, forward moving melody that is our existence here on this earth. Our life as a “tapestry of moments”. Aunt Mickey requested that I involve a number of good friends and so I reached to everyone to help me form the “17th Unniversary Unsemble”! If you listen closely, you can hear individual melody notes played by many separate players which have been carefully pieced together to form this single, minimalist melody line. There is also a surprise element to this musical, life collage.

Susan and John, we hope you enjoy it & can’t wait to debut it for you during the Zoom celebration this Valentine’s Day!

Happy 17th Unniversary to Susan and John,
And a big special thanks to everyone who contributed their musical talents to this project,
~ BCG 

performance credits listed on bandcamp: https://grimmusik.bandcamp.com/album/17th-unniversary-suite

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