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BIO

I am a musician, composer and teacher. For the past 6 months I’ve based myself in Europe collaborating with Musicians and Dancers while continuing my studies with two mentors : Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and Performance Artist Katie Duck.

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Recent highlights include a collaboration with Designer Roxanne Nesbitt on her project Mutual Instruments. Nesbitt is creating instruments out of different material (wood,glass,clay) to be used by both musicians and dancers.

As a Drummer, I am a member of the following groups : Pugs and Crows, Alicia Hansen, Cast, Malleus Trio, Pinkno Hana and Zen Dogs with my dad, Ian Brown on piano. In April 2013 I received a Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album of the year with the group Pugs and Crows.

I regularly collaborate with Dancers and Choreographers and have worked with Katie Duck, Justine A. Chambers, Deanna Peters.

I am the founder of Music And Movement Mondays (MAMM), an improvisational series between live musicians and dancers based in Vancouver, BC.

As a composer I have created scores for both Dance and Film, including commissioned works for Areli Moran, Jamee Valin and The Western Front with U.K’s Szuper Gallery. These compositions have been featured at festivals in Vancouver, Toronto and Mexico.

For more information see my CV below.

CV

BEN BROWN

A : 1525 E 10th Vancouver, BC V5N 1X6
E : benbrown8@gmail.com
P : 778-883-4236

EDUCATION

Private studies with Dame Evelyn Glennie, Cambridgeshire, UK, 2017 + 2015

Private studies with Katie Duck, Amsterdam, 2017

Jazz and Classical Studies, VCC. (Diploma Completed) Vancouver, 2013

International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, Banff Centre, 2011

Self-Directed Music Residency, Banff Centre, 2011

Jazz and Classical Studies. Capilano University, Vancouver, 2007-10

PERFORMANCE ENGAGEMENTS (selected)

Gruntaler Gallery. Residency/Performance, Berlin, Feb 2017

Bimhuis. Monday Match Series (performer & curator), Amsterdam, 2016 + 2015

OT 301. Performance for MD 301 series. Amsterdam, 2016 + 2014

Western Front. Music On Main Concert, Trading Places. Vancouver, 2016

University of British Columbia. Lunchtime Concert Series (SpaceMelt), 2016

Vancouver Jazz Festival. Opening for Hiromi (Alicia Hansen), Jun 2016

Music On Main. Music (Dance Installation), Vancouver, Nov 2015

Scotiabank Dance Centre. Dance in Vancouver Festival, Nov 2015

Theatre La Chappelle. Residency (Battery Opera) Montreal, May 2015

Performance with London Improvising Orchestra. London, UK, Mar 2015

Ma Thilda. Aaron Lumley,Tobias Delius,Lina Allemeno. Berlin, Feb 2015

Filkynen. Performance with Lisa Ullen. Stockholm, Jan 2015

Liquid Trust (composer-in residence) Western Front. Vancouver, Sep 2014

La Bodega Arts Centre (residency/performance) Monterrey, Mexico, 2013

Jazz Festival. Grand Prix Competition (Pugs & Crows) Montreal, 2013

AWARDS AND GRANTS

Juno Award nomination (Pugs & Crows), 2017

B.C. Arts Council Research & Development Grant, 2016

West Coast Music Award (Pugs & Crows), 2016

B.C. Arts Council Mentorship/Residency Grant, 2015

Canada Council Professional Development Grant, 2014

B.C. Arts Council Project Assistance Grant, 2014

Juno Award (Pugs & Crows), 2013

EMPLOYMENT
Music Instructor

Sarah McLachlan School of Music, 2010-16

McNair Secondary School Band Camp (Instructor), 2013-16

Tapestry Music, 2015-16

Harmony House, 2011-13

Staccato Studios, 2011-12

Dance/Yoga Collaborations & Class Accompaniment

OT 301, Amsterdam. Katie Duck Dance workshop (Band leader), 2016 + 2014

Manuela Tessi Workshop , Utrecht (Accompanist), 2016

Stretch Yoga Studio. Vancouver, B.C. (Musician for Yoga Classes), 2016-Present

Mutual Instruments. B.C. Government funded Project with Roxanne Nesbitt, 2016

The Dance Centre. B.C. Government funded residency with Justine A. Chambers, 2016

Afro-Butoh workshop with Tebby Ramasike (Accompanist), Berlin, 2015

MAMM. Improv music & dance series (Creator, Curator), 2013-Present

All Bodies Dance Project (Accompanist), Vancouver, 2014-Present

Movent Inter-disciplinary Project (Curator + Participant), Mar-Jun 2014

Workshops & Clinics

Thunderbird Elementary School. Feeling Sound Workshop, 2016

Sarah McLachlan School of Music. Drum Clinics, 2014-Present

University of B.C. Vancouver Jazz Festival. Colloquium Guest Speaker, Jun 2015

Now Society Workshop (MAMM). Vancouver, Nov 2014

La Bodega Arts Centre (Improvisation Workshop). Monterrey, Mexico, 2013

SELECTED RECORDINGS

Alicia Hansen: Untitled (Spring 2017), Companion (2014), Freighters (2007)

Cast: For the Bodies Sake (2016)

Twin Canyon: Twin Canyon (2016)

Pugs & Crows and Tony Wilson: Everybody knows everybody (2015), Fantastic Pictures (2011), Slum Towers (2009)

The Unsupervised Elevator (2011)

Fang (Duo with Barbara Adler): Diskopatska (2011)