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