Brent B. Arnold

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BornSacramento, California
OriginUnited States
  • Experimental music
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • Contemporary classical musicl
  • Cellist
  • Composer
  • Record producer
  • Cello
  • Guitar

Brent B. Arnold is an American cellist, composer, and record producer based in New York City.[1]


Brent Arnold was born and raised in Sacramento, California.[2]. His first instrument was the guitar. He started the cello in his late teens[1].

He studied cello, jazz, and composition at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington,[1] under jazz violinist Michael White (violinist)|Michael White and cellist Walter Gray, founding cellist of the Kronos Quartet.[3][4]

He is known for an unconventional approach to the cello that involves non-Western musical techniques and electronic processing.[2]

He is an original member of Ghost Quartet with Brittain Ashford, Gelsey Bell, and Dave Malloy[5]. He composed for and performed in the dance piece Let The Crows Come (2019), by choreographer Ashwini Ramaswami[6].

In 2021, he was the conductor and music director for the live performance of Lichens (musician) Lowe's original score to the film Candyman (2021 film), dir. Nia DaCosta, at the Unsound Festival in Krakow, Poland.[7]

He composed music for the films The Saint of the Impossible and Hotel Pennsylvania and created the cello music for several seasons of the show Louie (TV series)[8]


Solo Albums

  • "Thickness" RGI Records (1999)
  • "Cinema Deep Crush" Audiofriction (2007)
  • "An Albatross and a Half" Audiofriction (2010)
  • "Night, Exquisite" Audiofriction (2013)

Solo Singles

  • "Sweetness b/w Perversion" (7" single) Up Records (1999)


  • Project W "Project W" Apraxia Records (1996)
  • Project W "Snake Legs (7", Ltd, Red)” Apraxia (1995)
  • Project W "Obliquity" Shrat Field Recordings (1999)
  • Wally Shoup / Toshi Makihara / Brent Arnold "Confluxus (CD, Album)” Leo Records CD LR 399 (2004)
  • Brent Arnold & The Spheres "Last Boat” Up Records UP 101 (2004)
  • Ghost Quartet "Ghost Quartet" (2014)
  • Ghost Quartet "Live at the McKitrick" (2016)

As Cellist and/or Arranger

  • Chip Handy Sextet "P (MM)” (CD) Creative Ventures CVS 9308-12 (1993)
  • Juned "Every Night For You” Up Records (1996)
  • 764-HERO "Salt Sinks & Sugar Floats” Up Records (1996)
  • Modest Mouse "This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About (1995)
  • Eyvind Kang "7 NADEs" (CD, Album) Tzadik Records (1996)
  • The Young Composers Collective "The Young Composers Collective" Un-Labeled Records no.9701011000 (1997)
  • Eyvind Kang "Theater of Mineral NADEs” Tzadik (1998)
  • Mike Johnson "I Feel Alright” Up Records (1998)
  • Craig Flory / Doug Haire "Wigwam Bendix" (CD, Album) Franchise Records (3) (1998)
  • Andrew Drury "Polish Theatre Posters" (CD, Album) Red Toucan Records RT 9314-2 (1998)
  • The Murder City Devils "Christmas Bonus Single (7", Single, Num)” Paper Bag Series PBS001 (1998)
  • Brent Arnold "Sweetness (7")” Up Records UP 063 (1998)
  • Quasi "Field Studies” Up Records (1999)
  • Project W "Obliquity" (LP, S/Sided) Shrat Field Recordings SHRAT 8803 (1999)
  • Various "Sing a Song for You: Tribute to Tim Buckley” Manifesto (2000)
  • The Go-Betweens "The Friends Of Rachel Worth” Clearspot, EFA, EFA (2000)
  • ōta-Prōta* "ōta-Prōta (CD, Album)” Anu Records anu077 (2000)
  • The Murder City Devils* "Thelema” Sub Pop (2001)
  • Aiko Shimada "Blue Marble (CD, Album)” Tzadik TZ 7231 (2001)
  • Jana McCall "Slumber” Up Records (2002)
  • Sleater-Kinney "One Beat” Kill Rock Stars (2002)
  • Quasi "Hot Shit!” P-Vine Records (2003)
  • The Lyrebird "Blood Diamonds(CD, MiniAlbum)” DarwinZero DZR001 (2004)
  • Key Note Speaker "Fiction (CD, Album)” Happyboy/Sadboy Music none (2004)
  • Various "Amalgam(e) (2xCD, Comp)" Red Toucan Records RT 9325 (2004)
  • A Gun Called Tension "A Gun Called Tension Cold Crush (2005)
  • Filastine "Burn It” Soot Records (2006)
  • Matt Costa "Songs We Sing” Brushfire Records (2005)
  • The Essex Green "Cannibal Sea” Track & Field (2006)
  • Brand New (band) "The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me” Interscope Records, Tiny Evil, Procrastinate! Music Traitors (2006)
  • Plan B "I'm The Captain, Where Are We Going? (CD)” Fourthcity GG22-006 (2007)
  • Filastine "Boca De Ouro EP (12", EP)” ROMZ RMZ-031 (2007)
  • In Fervor "Onward Downward (CD) DCXXV Recordings DCXXV-II (2007)
  • Lia Ices "Necima” Rare Book Room Records (2008)
  • Jahdan Blakkamoore "Buzzrock Warrior (CD, Album)” Gold Dust Media GDM023CD (2009)
  • Filastine "Dirty Bomb” Soot Records, Post World Industries, Über Lingua (2009)
  • DJ /rupture & Matt Shadetek "Solar Life Raft (CD, Comp, Mixed)” theAgriculture AG049 (2009)
  • The Murder City Devils* "Feather Bed Whiskey Blanket” Die Young Stay Pretty Records, Sub Pop, Sub Pop, Sub Pop (2009)
  • moools "Weather Sketch Modified" (CD, Album) 7 e.p. epcd 060 (2010)
  • Baby Copperhead "The Black Sheep EP" (5xFile, AAC, EP) Not On Label (Baby Copperhead Self-released) (2011)
  • Death in Vegas "Trans-Love Energies (album)” Drone, Portobello Records (2011)
  • Lia Ices "Grown Unknown (CD, Album)” Jagjaguwar JAG180 (2011)
  • Various "Deepak Chopra's Leela" (Body.Mind.Spirit.Play.Soundtrack.)(2xCD) Sumthing Else Music Works, THQ SE-2094-2 (2011)
  • Hotel Lights "Girl Graffiti” (CD, Album) Bar/None Records BRN-CD-205 (2011)
  • Filastine "Loot” Post World Industries, Muti Music (2012)
  • Filastine "Aphasia” Post World Industries (2013)
  • The Antlers (band) "Familiars (album)” ANTI- (2014)
  • Sleater-Kinney "Start Together // 1994-2006” Sub Pop (2014)
  • The Light Surgeons "True Fictions: New Adventures In Folklore" (2xLP, Album) NLS Records none (2014)
  • Laura Stevenson "Cocksure” Don Giovanni Records (2015)
  • Alice Caymmi "Rainha Dos Raios” Universal Music (2014)
  • Prairie Empire "The Salt" (LP, Album + CD, Album) Commodore Trotter CTR 002 (2016)
  • Filastine & Nova* "Drapetomania” Jarring Effects, Post World Industries (2017)
  • Steve Von Till "No Wilderness Deep Enough” Neurot Recordings (2020)
  • Steve Von Till "Dreams Of Trees" (File, MP3, Single, 320) Neurot Recordings none ((2020))
  • Steve Von Till "Shadows On The Run" (File, MP3, Single, 320) Neurot Recordings none ((2020))
  • Steve Von Till "Indifferent Eyes" (File, MP3, Single, 320) Neurot Recordings none ((2020))
  • The Antlers "Green To Gold” Transgressive Records (2021)
  • Hiro Kone "Silvercoat The Throng" (LP, Ltd, Ora) Dais Records DAIS174 (2021)
  • Steve Von Till "A Deep Voiceless Wilderness” Neurot Recordings (2021)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "INTERVIEW: BRENT ARNOLD ON "LET THE CROWS COME"".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Brent Arnold". Brent Arnold. Retrieved 2021-10-28.
  3. "WNYC Gig Alert: Brent Arnold".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Kronos founder recalls quartet's early days in Seattle".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. " - Ghost Quartet Page".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Ashwini Ramaswamy's Let the Crows Come". Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy's Ragamala Dance Company. Retrieved 2021-10-28.
  7. "The Quietus | Features | Three Songs No Flash | After The Break: Unsound 2021 Reviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 2021-10-29.
  8. "Brent Arnold". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-10-28.

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