Griffin Brown is a composer, poet, drummer, songwriter+vocalist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn. Described by The Wire as “impressive” and “original,” his work collides—and sometimes exists wholly inside of—idioms like classical, jazz, electronic, experimental pop and rock, and improvised music.
He has performed and had music debuted in a variety of concert halls, clubs, and basements—among many others, the Cornelia Street Café and Miller Theatre in New York, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Morse Recital Hall in New Haven, Donau115 in Berlin, the World Café Live in Philadelphia, La Schola Cantorum in Paris, the highSCORE Festival in Pavia, Celeste in Vienna, and the Baked Potato in Los Angeles—and taken part in impuls in Graz. Griffin has been commissioned by institutions such as the Yale Center for British Art and new music groups alike; premieres and first realizations include performances by the S.E.M. Ensemble, Jeff Stern and Matt Keown of the icarus Quartet, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and numerous versions of his own ensembles. Additionally, he is active on drums, vocals, and keyboards throughout New York in groups both ad hoc and established.
His writing appears in The Paris Review, Prelude, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere, and in 2018 he was named a winner of the Connecticut Circuit Poetry Contest.
Griffin received a B.A. from Yale in 2018, where he studied Music and English and was awarded the Frederick Mortimer Clapp Fellowship in poetry.