First Solo Record from Brian Crosby Announced

February 10, 2021

Brian Crosby is an Irish pianist, producer & film score composer.

His first solo record ‘Imbrium’ is a collection of nine delicate instrumental pieces recorded on a prepared upright piano in his remote tree house studio at the foot of the Wicklow mountains. It will be released on 26th March digitally and on vinyl.

I wanted to write piano music that has a certain restraint and stillness to it. Pieces that lag behind the regular tempo of our routines, and melodies that resist following huge emotive curves. It comes from a place uninterrupted, an escape from the noise and stimuli of daily life”.

The resulting album is a meditative collection of spacious, pared back recordings filled with hypnotic, recurring phrases and textural soundscapes recorded on a restored August Förster piano from the 1920’s which he brought back to Ireland after his time spent living and recording in Berlin.

Brian’s music career started at the age of 16 when he and Damien Rice started playing music together in school. This led to them forming the indie band Juniper and then later Bell X1, with whom Brian recorded four records and toured the world extensively between 1996 and 2008.

In 2006, Brian formed The Cake Sale, a band featuring an eclectic collective of artists such as Paul Noonan, Lisa Hannigan, Gary Lightbody, Nina Persson, Glen Hansard and Neil Hannon to raise funds for the charity Oxfam.

In 2008, Brian parted company with Bell X1 to pursue a career as a film composer and moved to Berlin where he converted an old factory in Kreuzberg to a studio complex which would become home to the heart of the Berlin film music scene. It was here that he collaborated with fellow studio residents Dustin O’Halloran, Hildur Guõnadóttir, Rutger Hoedemaekers and the late Jóhann Jóhannsson on numerous Film and TV scores.

In 2015, Brian collaborated with French pianist Fabien Leseure and together wrote a body of work to be performed by two pianos. In 2016, along with other leading names in Irish contemporary music, Brian was a central collaborator on Starboard Home, a project which culminated with two live shows at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and the release of a critically acclaimed album.

In 2017 Brian moved back to Ireland with his family and built The Treehouse Studios where he continues to write music for Film and TV as well as his own solo work. He is a vocal advocate for artists rights, is a director of the Irish Music Rights Organisation and is Chair of the Screen Composers Guild of Ireland.

Puzzled Love Of The Light / A Strong Tide Of Liberty / Sea Of Suits / Stirring The Dust / Together We Stand / In The Blue Shadows / The Front Bench / Moon Child / Trails

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