Brian Allen + Hernan Hecht Duo in Texas This Weekend

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If there are any South Texans out there, please come out on down to Lake Jackson this weekend...

April 20 - The Clarion at Brazosport College, Lake Jackson TX 4pm.
Admission is free.

April 21 - Klein Oak HS, Houston TX. 3pm

April 22 - Hecht Drum Clinic, Brazoswood HS, Lake Jackson TX 8:30am

April 22 - Allen/Hecht Duo Masterclass, Lake Jackson Intermediate School, 4pm. $5 suggested donation.

Brian Allen - Trombone, Melodica, Atari 2600 + other toys

Hernan Hecht - Drums, Electronics + toys

links of interest: (for duo videos)

“The Brian Allen and Hernan Hecht Duo creates anthems for last place soccer teams, jams for alien big band dances, and songs for calculus teachers. Augmenting their respective primary instruments of trombone and drums, Brian and Hernan employ all manner of electronics: 8 bit video game sounds, samplers, melodica and various other toys and noisemakers."

BRIAN ALLEN is an artist, composer and trombonist from Lake Jackson, Texas. He has performed with Dave Ballou, Anthony Braxton, Gerald Cleaver, Mark Dresser, Ellery Eskelin, Satoko Fujii Orchestra, Frank Gratkowski, Drew Gress, Tony Malaby, Reuben Radding, Tom Rainey, Roswell Rudd, and Nate Wooley. Brian is a recent recipient of a Meet the Composer Global Connections Grant for Mexico in 2007 and featured on NPR's Sound Clips Series for his sonic investigations of the trombone. A composer with works ranging from wind ensemble to chamber groups and percussion ensembles to Mexican Banda and big band, Brian has had compositions premiered at the International Trombone Festival, Society for Composers, Eastern Trombone Workshop, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and many other jazz, electronic and new music festivals. Brian is an artist/clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company. Also inspired by his initial interest in visual arts, Brian integrates electronics, vocals, and additional instruments into performance as a means to expand expressive and communicative potential.

HERNAN HECHT was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1975, and has played with Bill Carrothers, Dave Fiuczinsky, Dean Bowman, Frank Gambale, Scott Henderson, Gabriel Hernandez, Pere Soto, Statements Duo, Jarry Singla as well as with most recognized jazz musicians in Argentina and Mexico. He leads two projects: “X-Pression Quartet" and “Gru-B Project", with whom he will release a CD in late 2007. He's also the drummer of the seminal free-jazz cooperative trio Craneo de Jade, and member of Brian Allen's Mexican Project, Nicolas Santella Trio, Israel Cupich's Quartet and Quintet, RHA Trio, Trio SHO, and the bands of pop singers Ely Guerra and Ximena Sarinana. He created and coordinated the festivals “JazzHabito" (2002), “ArtLife JazzFest" (2003) and the “Jazz Marathon for the Victims of the Hurricanes in Chiapas and Quintana Roo" (2005). He wrote the music for the Mexican film “Todos los Besos" (2007) and for the documentary “MORS DEI", based on the work of the British visual artist Damien Hirst. He has played all throughout Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Chile, Europe and the United States. He is sponsored by Gretsch, Zildjian and Gibraltar.

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