Brennan Connors & Stray Passage is a fledgling musical trio lead by saxophonist Brennan Connors. The ensemble embraces free and structured improvisation, original compositions, and groove based experiments. Geoff Brady is featured on drums and percussion; Brain Grimm on cello, electric bass, and a variety of Chinese string instruments. The breadth of the group ranges from focused minimalism to fiery high energy music, all while maintaining a sense of narrative organization throughout performances. This October 19th marks the band’s next show at Audio for the Arts in Madison, WI.
Brennan Connors has been performing music in Madison and other areas of the Midwest for nearly two decades. Working primarily as a saxophonist, he has embraced a multitude of musical styles and concepts while engaged with numerous ensembles. During a four year stay in Chicago, he played with The Chicago Samba School, Chainsaw Dupont & The Blues Warriors, and a plethora of jazz groups. Brennan also led the Chicago based band Asylum, which for lack of a better term was self classified as “groove oriented free-jazz metal.”
Currently residing in Madison, Brennan continues to work a wide range of bands and musicians. They include Brazilian music group Samba Novistas, Joe White & Brota Oroian’s Art Brothas, and work with percussionist/vocalist/Afro-Peruvian musical innovator Juan Medrano Cotito during his last visit to the Midwest. He’s also has been a regular member of bluesman James Earl Tate’s band since 1999.
Brian C Grimmis a composer, cellist, electronic musician, & Chinese strings multi-instrumentalist – creating music in Madison, WI with the Brothers Grimm, Lovely Socialite, and Watercourse Q4. After studying Chinese music in Hong Kong and receiving his Bachelor of Music Theory & Composition from Butler University, BCG has found a niche composing and performing live scores for dance and theater. Brian’s commissions & collaborations include: Fingerlakes Chamber Music Festival, PaperStrangers Dance and Theater Co., Ephemeral Dance, American Pianist Association, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Radio & Television Hong Kong, Wu Ji Ensemble, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indy Fringe Theater, The American Blues Theater at Chicago’s Victory Biograph Theater, WI Film Fest 2012.
Geoffrey Bradyis a percussionist/thereminist who resides in Madison. The youngest of six children, Brady plays in local ensembles such as The Alison Margaret Quartet and Yid Vicious. He is a married homeowner with two cats who mainly wears Golden Toe socks.
Audio for the Arts is located at 7 South Blair Street.