LincolnShow“There are seemingly infinite amounts of up-and-coming musicians in Portland, but it’s very rare to find a universally talented musician with such promise.”-Portland Mercury

A truly eclectic musician, Barra Brown studied classical flute performance at Lewis & Clark College where he graduated with honors while studying drums on the side through the prestigious Alan Jones Academy of Music (AJAM). Barra has toured the continental United States and Alaska with indie-folk group Alameda, Ages and Ages, Shook Twins, and Morning Ritual. He has two releases as a composer and leader with the Barra Brown Quintet (BBQ) on Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble Records (PJCE). In December 2014 he released an EP with his project The Wishermen, a collective of young jazz heavyweights dedicated to exploring genre boundaries and creating a new amalgam of many styles and influences, on Cavity Search Records (Elliott Smith, Wayne Horvitz).  He is currently writing, recording, and performing with his new project Korgy & Bass, a live sampled based hip-hop duo with two EPs out on Cavity Search Records (2016 & 2017). In Spring of 2017, Brown released his collaborative album Poem Project on Cavity Search Records. Poem Project captures the beauty of interpretation through the unique story each musician is moved to tell when interpreting the same song. After writing the song Poem derived from Claude Debussy’s Girl with the Flaxen Hair, Brown asked eight different musicians from around the country to write lyrics to and arrange their own version of the song Poem. Brown’s collaborative project spanned several years between Winter 2014 and Spring 2017 and includes members from Radiation City and The Shins (Patti King), Ages and Ages (Colin Jenkins), The Westerlies (Zubin Hensler), and musicians from L.A, New York City, Austin, and Brown’s hometown of Portland, OR.  In fall of 2017, the Portland Jazz Composer’s Ensemble commissioned Barra to write a piece for their twelve person large ensemble. The piece will be premiered at their ten year anniversary celebration.

Barra has shared the stage with Robert Glasper, Kneebody, Gregory Alan Isakov, Lake Street Dive, and Ani DiFranco, and has performed at The Fillmore West and Red Rocks Amphitheater. He has worked with Michael Curry, PNCA, Alan Jones, Radiation City, Raymond Byron (Ray Raposa), Ages and Ages, Shook Twins, Morning Ritual, Old Wave, and the Portland Jazz Composer’s Ensemble.

Along with playing and recording, Barra also teaches private music lessons from his studio in NE Portland. Please contact him regarding booking or lessons:     barra.bbrown@gmail.com


Korgy & Bass “EP Vol. II” 2017 (Cavity Search Records)

Barra Brown “Poem Project” 2017 (Cavity Search Records)

Mo Phillips “Spectacular Daydream” 2016 (Hey! Bacon! Records)

Ky Burt “The Moon and the Sea EP” 2016

Korgy & Bass “EP Vol. I” 2016 (Cavity Search Records)

Matt Takiff-“Matt Takiff” 2016

Alameda-“Fortunate Vices” 2016 (New Granada Records)

PDX Pop Now! Compilation  2015

Barra Brown Quintet-“Dreaming Awake” (PJCE Records)   2015

Old Wave-“Old Wave”   2015

Barra Brown & The Wishermen-“Epoch” (Cavity Search Records)   2015

Alameda-“Live from the Banana Stand” (Banana Stand Media)   2014

Barra Brown Quintet-“Songs for a Young Heart” (PJCE Records)  2013

Alameda-“Frozen Architecture” 7 inch (False Migration/Ash From Sweat)   2013

The Wishermen-“Drawing Purple Orbits” (Self-release)   2012

Alameda-“Live at Daytrotter Sessions”   2012

Julia Lucille-“Flowers and Bones” (Self-release)   2010

Other appearances

Ages and Ages-“Something to Ruin” (Partisan Records)   2016

Radiation City-“Animals in the Median” (TLE Records)   2013


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