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BRIAN WALSH is a musician who is interested in sound and communication, regardless of genre. He specializes in performance on the clarinet and bass clarinet. He seeks to redefine the role of these instruments in contemporary classical music, jazz, and world music. Walsh is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts.
Walsh frequently performs with such diverse groups as wild Up Modern Music Collective, the New Century Players, and the California E.A.R. Unit. He is a member of Creative Underground Los Angeles, and also leads Walsh Set Trio, a jazz ensemble focusing on the performance of his own compositions. Performances have taken Walsh to Japan, Canada, Italy, England, the Netherlands, Iceland, and all over the United States.
In November, Walsh, as a member of the contemporary music ensemble gnarwhallaby, gave the premiere of Nicholas Deyoe’s Lullaby 4 at Carnegie Hall. He has also premiered pieces by Luigi Nono, Anne LeBaron, Gérard Grisey, James Newton, Andrew McIntosh, Tom Johnson, and many others. Past collaborators have included Peter Maxwell Davies, Gavin Bryars, Bobby Bradford, Nels Cline, Bright Eyes, James Newton, and Muhal Richard Abrams.