baritone | multi-instrumentalist
Hometown: Somerville, New Jersey
Brian Church, baritone, has a busy and varied career in the Boston performing arts scene. A longtime member of the Choir at King's Chapel and the Cantata Singers as well as a frequent guest performer with Callithumpian Consort, Brian has been a strong proponent of contemporary music. Performances have included SoundIcon, Boston Musica Viva, Dinosaur Annex, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Firebird Ensemble, NEC Shivaree and many others. In 2013,he performed the Speaker's part in Lachenmann's "...zwei Gefuhl" as part of the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. He has also performed the vocalist parts for Roger Reynolds' "Submerged Memories" and "The Palace". Brian has performed Peter Maxwell Davies' rigorous "8 Songs For a Mad King" with both Callithumpian and Collage New Music. The most recent performance was selected as "Most Exciting Contemporary Classical Concert" in the Boston Phoenix' 2009 Year In Review. This past year, Brian has performed as a substitute member of the Grammy Award-winning vocal octet Roomful of Teeth in concerts in Boston, NYC, Seattle, Portland and Carlsbad, CA. Brian enjoys a long-standing relationship with Guerilla Opera. He premiered the roles of Joe Biden/Joe the Plumber in Curtis Hughes' "Say It Aint So, Joe", Clem in Rudolf Rojahn's "Bovinus Rex", and Darren in Adam Roberts' "Giver of Light". He also performed as the Doctor in Copeland Woodruff's restaging of Rojahn's "Heart Of A Dog", in performances in Boston, Memphis and upstate New York. This past fall, he premiered two roles in four different stagings of "Ouroboros" (Rojahn) and "Rarebit" (Hughes) as part of the "Let's Make A Sandwich" project. Brian teaches Voice, Beginning Piano, Guitar and Bass at Music 101 Studios in Melrose. He is also the father of two boys, Elias and Quentin. For 11 years, he played bass and sang in the avant-noise punk group Tristan Da Cunha. This past August he released his first solo album, "The Third Came First" (http://brianchurch.bandcamp.com).