July 13, 2017: Looks like I've dropped the ball a bit in keeping this page up to date. My apologies! This past Spring and current Summer have been pleasantly fruitful, including the REFLECT harp+percussion Texas Tour in February, Contemporary Music Festival at SHSU in March, final University Percussion Ensemble and Night of Percussion Concerts in April, a special runout concert at Dickinson High School (including the U.S. premiere of my From Nothing, Everything for solo vibraphone) in May, and a fabulous experience teaching, coaching, and performing alongside the other jaw-droppingly talented faculty at the Sam Houston Summer Percussion Academy in June. July looks like it's the eye of the storm, because my Fall plans (TBA) look exciting as well!
December 3, 2016: It's been a very busy semester! If you happen to be in the Houston/Huntsville area tomorrow (December 4), please consider attending the SHSU Night of Percussion concert at 7:30, which will feature performances by the University Percussion Ensemble, Sam Houston Percussion Group, and several student soloists.
August 1, 2016: I am pleased to report that I have accepted the position of Adjunct Instructor of Percussion and Marching Percussion Director at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. I eagerly look forward to working with the students there, as well as the head of the Percussion Department, Dr. John Lane.
July 25, 2016: Had a wonderful time travelling with the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble in and around Sydney, Australia! Thank you everyone for the experience!
June 14, 2016: Thank you to PAS-Panama for hosting a fantastic 2016 summer seminar, and to all the students and teachers who came to be a part of the weeklong event.
June 12, 2016: Had a blast performing at the Festival Alfredo de Saint Malo in Panama City, Panama! I gave the world premiere of my vibraphone solo From Nothing, Everything, and enjoyed performing with my friends in the 3(r) Three by Radio trio as well as local salsa legends Oscar Cruz, Rey Cruz, and Omar Diaz Herrera.
April 30, 2016: Thank you to everyone who came out for the REFLECT harp+percussion Inaugural Tour! We had a great time performing for you all, and look forward to touring again next year!
January 6, 2016: Happy New Year! 2016 looks to be an exciting year, so be sure to check in often throughout the month of January as a number of big announcements are going to start popping up. Case in point: I am thrilled to announce that, prior to going on tour in April, REFLECT harp+percussion will be performing its CONCERT DEBUT at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama as a part of the Kaleidoscope Concert Series on March 3rd!
December 15, 2015: The Four-Octave Vibraphone Resources page has been updated with more works listed in the repertoire section. The section will continue to be updated on a rolling basis as more research is done and more new works are written for the 4-octave instrument!
December 13, 2015: Thank you to the Cincinnati Pops and the Cincinnati Collaborative Ringing Project for inviting me to perform with them on their "Holiday Pops" concerts (see my media page for a picture)! I had a wonderful time, and everyone was warm, friendly, and professional. And of course, the groups played extremely well! Kudos all around for an entertaining and well-executed series of concerts!
November 1, 2015: Recently there have been a number of updates to the content and format of this website; please feel free to explore the new and updated pages! Of particular note is the new Four-Octave Vibraphone Resources page, which hopefully will be of use to anyone interested in researching the instrument, as well as the soon-to-be-unveiled REFLECT harp+percussion page (stay tuned!).
September 30, 2015: Apologies for the news hiatus, it has been an extremely busy few months (what with summer travels to New York, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, and Spain) but at long last it appears that the dust is settling. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for a number of updates regarding some very exciting upcoming events!
May 14, 2015: Thank you to all the talented and dedicated musicians who made the premiere of the Lulu Concerto a success, and to everyone who attended the concert! I am incredibly grateful for all the time and energy given by Kyle Lamb (conductor), Nave Graham (flute), Caleb Burkhardt (alto saxophone), Patrick Sikes (contrabass clarinet), Abby Martin (french horn), Ty Niemeyer (timpani), Jacob Dike (percussion), Alaina Graiser (harp), Nick Naegele (violin), and Greg Evans (cello), as well as my advisor and mentor Allen Otte.
May 1, 2015: The time is almost here! The world's first concerto for extended-range vibraphone, Concerto No. 1 ("Lulu") for four-octave vibraphone, has been completed and will be premiered by Brian in less than two weeks. Please see the Upcoming Events for more information.
February 18, 2015: Brian will present his doctoral lecture-recital at CCM, titled "Darkness Decoded: Building Upon the Compositional Traits of Franco Donatoni." 8:30 pm, Mary Emery Hall room 1340, free.
November 26, 2014: Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Thank you to everyone who came to the Focus Day concert at PASIC; it was a thrill to play Berio's Circles for such an enthusiastic audience!
August 5, 2014: Exciting news! Brian, along with his wife Alaina, vocalist Reilly Nelson, and percussionist Michael Launius, will perform Circles by Luciano Berio at the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) as part of the "Images of Sound: Innovations in Notation" Focus Day. The performance will conclude the 9:00 AM concert on Thursday, November 20th, and will be the PASIC premiere of the work.
June 5, 2014: The Media page has been updated with videos of the Character Suite piano trio and Brian's transcription of Debussy's Cathedrale Engloutie (Sunken Cathedral) as he intended: for four-octave vibraphone.
May 19, 2014: What a busy Spring it has been! On Aprill 11th Brian attended the world premiere of his Toronto Concerto for percussion quartet and wind ensemble, performed by the TorQ Percussion Quartet and the Toronto Youth Wind Ensemble in Toronto. Then, on April 20th he joined up with the CCM Percussion Ensemble in Cincinnati to premiere Uno per Franco: in memoriam Franco Donatoni for percussion sextet. And just a few short days after that, his Character Suite for piano trio received its premiere at CCM as well. Please check out the Media Page to hear some of this latest work.
January 12, 2014: The talented Michelle Hwu has graciously shared an audio link of Brian's percussion/harp duo A Prayer from the Sound Booth, which she performed with harpist Angela Schwarzkopf. You can hear it here.
December 19, 2013: A long-lost video of Brian performing Christien LeDroit's Night Chill has been found and uploaded to YouTube. You can also see it by simply visiting the Performance Media page of briangraiser.com!
December 16, 2013: www.briangraiser.com launches.
Fall 2017-Spring 2018: REFLECT harp+percussion concerts TBA.