HEARding Cats Collective is proud to partner with Webster Film Series for the St. Louis premier of intermediate. intermediate is an abstract video and music piece created by artist Brian Allen. Joining Allen for the St. Louis performance is percussionist Rich O’Donnell, a highly creative improviser and inventor of unique instruments. O’Donnell’s playing combines precision instrumental technique with a love for electronics and complex rhythmic patterns. His “see-saw” drumming style makes use of innovative beaters and an entirely new playing mindset that allows for the creation of unusual timbres, rhythms, and ultimately percussion expression.
intermediate premiered at Fonoteca Nacional in Mexico City in 2014. Original videos, photographs, drawings, animations and texts are accompanied live by trombone, percussion, crickets and car keys. “intermediate” is the sound of a map being folded. It is the second in a trilogy of films, albums and books created by Allen. His first, “Obscure Relatives and Prepositions” premiered in 2013 year, and was performed at The Outpost, Webster Film Series, UCLA, University of Wisconsin Madison, Sala Jaime Sabines Tuxtla, Missouri State Composition Festival, Santa Fe University of Art & Design and other universities and theaters.
Brian Allen received music composition residencies from Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), Diverse Works (Houston), a Meet the Composer Global Connections Grant to Mexico and his amplified trombone recordings were featured on NPR’s Sound Clips.
An artist/clinician for Edwards Trombones, Allen has taught privately and given workshops at more than 50 universities and high schools including Harvard, Berklee, Boston University, Luzern Conservatory, Jazz Institute at Anton Bruckner University, Prague Conservatory, UNAM, Oklahoma State, Florida State and Arizona State University. He was instructor of brass, jazz and electronic music classes at Brazosport College and Oregon Festival of American Music.