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Brian Christensen



Brian Christensen

Brian Christensen went to the University of Calgary where he received a bachelor of music degree in classical performance. During that time he was very active in the Calgary jazz scene, playing in several big bands and combos around town. In 1997 he played in the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, with Saxoffonee, which was led by Dr. Jeremy Brown. He has also performed in the Montreal Jazz Festival with the Dino Martinis in 1999.

Brian spent the winter of 2002/2003 at the Banff Centre for the Arts as a long term resident. while there, he worked on composition and improvisation with the likes of Mike Murley, Dave Restivo, John Stetch, Joshua Roseman, and Hugh Frasier. It was not his first experience at Banff, however. He had played in the big band for the Banff Summer Jazz Workshop in 1996. Both experiences have had a profound effect on his composing and playing.

Brian has been collaborating with Martijn van Galen since 1997 after they played together in Saxoffonee. They have always shared a desire to explore different styles of music, and to listen to new voices in the jazz world. Martijn and Brian believe that it is important to bring their own original compositions to the music they play. Colors of Mime was born from this desire to play original music. Brian Christensen is excited to release Always the Sun which is Colors of Mime's first CD.

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