Griffin Brown is a composer, poet, drummer, songwriter+vocalist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn. Described by The Wire as “impressive” and “original,” his musical work collides—and sometimes exists wholly inside of—idioms like jazz, concert music, electronic, experimental pop+rock, and improvised music. His poems appear in The Paris Review, Plume, Poetry Northwest, Prelude, and elsewhere.
He has performed and had music debuted in an array of concert halls, clubs, and basements—among many others, the Cornelia Street Café, Miller Theatre, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Birdland, Caramoor, PS21 Chatham, Mercury Lounge, the Owl, TV Eye, and SOB’s in New York; MASS MoCA/Bang on a Can LOUD Weekend in Massachusetts; Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Morse Recital Hall, and Space Ballroom in New Haven/CT; PhilaMOCA, World Café Live, and the Trocadero in Philadelphia; the Baked Potato in Los Angeles; Donau115 in Berlin; Celeste and Fabrik in Vienna; Punctum in Prague; La Schola Cantorum in Paris; and the highSCORE Festival in Pavia—and taken part in impuls in Graz. Griffin has been commissioned by institutions (such as the Yale Center for British Art) and new music groups (such as Opera Elect) alike; premieres and first realizations include performances by the S.E.M. Ensemble, Jeff Stern and Matt Keown of the icarus Quartet, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and numerous versions of his own ensembles. Additionally, he is active on drums, percussion, vocals, and keyboards throughout New York in groups variously established, emerging, and ad hoc.
In the recording domain, Griffin regularly works in a wide range of styles at studios such as Figure 8 Recording, Strange Weather, Gary’s Electric, Better Company Studios, Short Stack, Voyager Sound Studios, Pineapple Room Studio, Wonderpark Studios, and countless DIY acoustic spaces on the East Coast—and has also directed sessions of his own music at Good Child Music.
Griffin received a B.A. from Yale in 2018, where he studied Music and English and was awarded the Clapp Fellowship in poetry. That same year he was named a winner of the Connecticut Circuit Poetry Contest.
New York City
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
Lessons available on drums, composition, improvisation, piano, production, mixing, and mastering