Multi-style Cellist Brian Grimm grew up in Mukwonago, WI surrounded by Chinese instruments. For over 10 years he has been teaching cello and bass guitar privately and at community arts centers. In addition to a classical cello upbringing and jazz bass training, he has studied traditional Chinese music, Flamenco, and North Indian Classical music and composition/free improvisation.
Brian’s primary teachers include Janet Marshall of Butler University, faculty at Hong Kong Institute of Education, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble, the WuJi Ensemble, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, AJ Grimm (Granada, Spain Flamenco guitar), and Pt. Sugato Nag (sitar virtuoso, India). A diverse solo musician, he also performs with ensembles such as Lovely Socialite, Brennan Connors & Stray Passage, Five Points Jazz Collective, and The Brothers Grimm. He also runs GrimmusiK Records, co-releasing albums and booking shows for many of these projects.
“My first goal is for students to learn healthy technique. Musicians ask of a lot of our bodies, especially as repertoire gets more advanced. If you don’t have healthy technique, it limits what you can play and how long you can play. It doesn’t matter what style of music you want to learn from me, whether it’s Classical, Jazz, Pop, World Music, Free Improv… we will always make healthy technique the first focus. Music is a language, so the second objective for my students is applied music theory on their instrument. We will learn the inner workings of musical spelling, grammar, vocabulary, phrase structure, etc on the instrument. This music theory tool-set will expand the student’s music-vocabulary, and deepen their understanding of music-grammar, so they may be more expressive in performance and better able to communicate with other musicians.”
When not teaching, Brian loves walking meditation in nature, cooking, being inspired by visual art and reading.