is an improvising violinist of predominantly Irish decent, born on Guringai Country in so-called-australia, and is currently based in Berlin. Having played the instrument since the age of 3, Brianne has a background in numerous musical fields but her current focus is on improvised music and its tangents. Relationship between artist, environment and audience is of major interest in her approach to music making and its developments. Also of interest is how to break the box of ‘the violinist’.
From 2004 Brianne moved to ‘Canberra’ ((Ngunnawal, Ngambri, Ngunawal Country) for study, and regularly visited Gundungurra Country, staying out in the bush – often in isolation, exploring ways to express and connect with the surrounding landscape, the moment, and space through music.
As a scholarship holder in 2008 (ANU/AIM), Brianne completed her Bachelor Degree in Music (performance). Back on Gadigal Land, she got in touch with projects such as the Splinter Orchestra and the Nownow community.
For 6 years Brianne was band leader and manager of ‘world/jazz’ quintet Takadimi founded in 2009. The band toured extensively throughout the East Coast of so-called-australia, and released its debut album New Common Sense through MGM in 2011. The group gained widespread recognition throughout the continent via the Australian Broadcasting Association, and numerous other national radio stations and press groups.
Since moving to Europe in 2015, Brianne has performed at such festivals as the Krakow Jazz Autumn Festival (POL), Ad Libitum (POL), Musica Privata (POL), Festiwal Orkiestr Improwizujących (POL), Polska Platforma Tańca (POL), Ostrava Days (CZECH), Mirror Mirror Festspiele (DE), and Sacred Realism Festival (DE). They have also performed at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (AUS), and the Nownow Festival (AUS).
Currently, Brianne works regularly with the Krakow Improvisers Orchestra, and Andrew Lafkas’ Model Infinity Through Listening and Action Orchestra, and as a soloist; having her first solo tour to Australia in 2019 with performances at venues such as MONA (so-called-tasmania), the Make It Up Club (so-called-melbourne), and Richard Johnson’s Sound Out Series (so-called-canberra).
Brianne’s first solo release ‘Stalin and the Berlin bush’ was for the National Film and Sound Archive Australia (2015), with her next release due out in 2020 via German label ‘Edition Telemark’.
Brianne’s teachers have been Mr Yasuki Nakamura, Janet Davies, Jane Brownlee, Chris Duncan, Shi Yuan Jur, Shaykh Ibrahim Al Ansari, Adrian Keating, and Greg Coffin.
‘Through visceral strings, ambient rooms, aching reverb and first-person field recordings we are placed in the role of voyeur – bearing silent witness to Curran’s decoding of the (foreign) city.
Both meditative and mental hurdle, the 23 minute piece challenges listeners to be still and absorb, whilst translating its layered sounds into an unyielding message – one that speaks of intimate place and bears witness to Curran’s methods by which she grapples with her role within it’.
– Tessa Elieff
(National Film and Sound Archive Australia)
‘Brianne Curran improvises with an expressive freedom, dynamic energy and a desire to dig into the moment that is rare. Carrying the gift of a great education, she wields music of great clarity and force’.
– Clayton Thomas (Australia)
‘Her supple improvisation, notably its repetitive aspect is unique, gentle and intense’.
– Tomomi Adachi (Berlin / Japan)
Photograph by Viola Förster-v.d.Lühe