BRIAN WALSH is a Los Angeles based clarinetist who is interested in sound and communication, regardless of genre. The LA times described Walsh’s playing as having “found the essence of a licorice stick’s lyrical limberness, often murmuring and wailing at the same time.”
Mr. Walsh frequently performs with such diverse groups as Wild up Modern Music Collective, gnarwhallaby, Brightwork New Music, The New Century Players, and The California E.A.R. Unit. He 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.
As a member of the contemporary music ensemble gnarwhallaby, Mr. Walsh gave the premier of Nicholas Deyoe’s Lullaby 4 at Carnegie Hall. Their Carnegie Hall performance was described as “startlingly versatile” by the New York Times. Mr.Walsh has also been a guest performer as a part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Monday Evening Concerts.
Walsh has premiered pieces by Luigi Nono, Anne LeBaron, Girard Grisey, James Newton, Andrew Nathaniel McIntosh, Tom Johnson and many others. Past collaborators have included Peter Maxwell Davies, Meredith Monk, Gavin Bryars, Bobby Bradford, Nels Cline, Bright Eyes, San Fermin, Father John Misty, James Newton, and Muhal Richard Abrams.