Brad Muirhead

Crass Brutes Music

photo: Graham Ord / BM

Photo: David Cooper, courtesy of DTES Heart of the City Festival

Photo: David Cooper, courtesy of DTES Heart of the City Festival

Short Bio

Brad (bass-trombone, tuba / sousaphone, euphonium) is well known to audiences across Canada and Europe for his powerful sound and inventive improvising and has been contributing full-time to the Vancouver music scene since 1980, working in all musical genres and styles, in settings from symphonic section playing to unaccompanied trombone. He has established himself as one of the uncommon bass-trombonists to work as a jazz improvisor and as a sought-after traditional / standard / modern / funk fusion jazz tuba-bass player.  He has recorded and toured with his own groups Koan, Primal Orbit and BRASS ROOTS as well as Vancouver's three most important large jazz ensembles: the NOW Orchestra (now Orkestra Futura), Hugh Fraser & VEJI, and the Hard Rubber Orchestra. He has been extensively involved with Vancouver's jazz / new-music community as a performer and composer with numerous small and large ensembles, both as a leader and sideman. He is an active freelance musician, recording artist, interdisciplinary collaboration artist / project instigator, music educator, arts administrator, community music facilitator and music copyist. His career has been widely varied in content and direction with lots of overlap / crossover between the different areas of work, which has kept things interesting.

"Crass Brutes" is obvious wordplay on "BRASS ROOTS" (one of Brad's first and also longest running projects as a bandleader), and "Crass Brutes Music" eventually became known as the unofficial (unincorporated so far - maybe one day...) umbrella "company" that he uses to identify his professional activities.

Detailed Bio / Career Highlights