Icelandic Lullabies and goodbye to NYC for a bit…

It was nearly two years ago that I ventured to Iceland with the group Lullabies for Falling Empires to start recording a very special record… and I’m happy to announce that it will finally be released on Saturday, April 5th!

That night, we’ll be performing the whole album, with visuals, and I’ll also be doing a solo set, my first one with my brand-new electronics setup … and also my last show before I head off to Europe and then California for the Spring, for various shows and projects with Blue Crime, Filastine, and Dave Malloy.

The venue is a beautiful church where Nils Frahm and others have had concerts. It’s a great space. Hope you can make it!

Lullabies for Falling Empires & Brent Arnold
Snow Love album release
Saturday April 5th
6pm reception / 7pm concert
West Park Presbyterian Church 165 w86th st. NYC
86th at Amsterdam, very close to 1 train

$10 advance / $15 at door

Lullabies for Falling Empires is a New York City-based indie/orchestral audio-visual ensemble. With cellos, violin, drums, guitar, ukulele, keyboards, bass guitar, found sounds, and an array of exotic devices, Lullabies builds textures from shimmering to epic, synchronized to evocative original film & video projections.

Almost two years ago, the band travelled to Reykjavik, Iceland, to record with Sigur Ros engineer Birgir Jon Birgisson at Sundlaugin Studio, aka “The Swimming Pool”. The resulting album, Snow Love, is finally complete, and to celebrate its release, the band will perform it in its entirety in a special concert on April 5, 2014 at West Park Presbyterian Church.

Opening is cellist and composer Brent Arnold, whose wildly unorthodox approach to his instrument incorporates delicate guitar-like fingerpicking and experimental electronics. He has worked with Louis C.K., Reggie Watts, Kristin Hersh, DJ/Rupture, Eyvind Kang, Jherek Bischoff, and Dave Malloy, among many others.

This very special concert will be preceded by a reception with the band.

Vice Interview

A pretty amusing interview with me by the unpredictable Vice magazine:

And a tres-chic photo of me taken by the brilliant Marc Wilkins:

That is all.

March 9 @ Rockwood

My first show of 2014 is coming up on March 9 at Rockwood Music Hall, stage 2.

Sunday, March 9
Brent Arnold, cello & special guests
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2


The new album, Night, Exquisite, has been released into the wild. You can check it out/pick it up here.

All love,


Illest Cellists: the big Night, Exquisite release show

I’ve outdone myself with this one! This Sunday, December 15, will see the release of my new album, and to celebrate, I’m doing a one-of-a-kind performance… myself, on cello and electronics, accompanied by a quartet of NYC’s Illest CellistsMeaghan Burke, Isabel Castellvi, Loren Dempster, and Raymond Sicam III. And we’ll be joined by special guest percussionist Michael Lerner of the Antlers. How about that?

You can buy advance tickets here, and you can preorder Night, Exquisite here.

Thanks everyone! xo


Night News

The official release show for my new album, Night, Exquisite, will be at Rockwood Music Hall stage 3 in NYC on December 15. You can pre-order tickets here.

The album will be officially released the next day, available digitally and on CD at all the usual online places. Can’t wait to get it into your hands.

Until then, I’ll be posting preview songs periodically at

Night, Exquisite.

So my new album, entitled Night, Exquisite, is done. I’m going to be posting tracks from it on Soundcloud over the next few weeks, along with some bonus material. And the whole album will be available soon.

If you’d like to be kept up to date on the release, please sign up for my email list by writing to brentarnoldmusic at gmail.


I’m playing several shows in Colorado, New Mexico, and New York with my brilliant associate Filastine over the next few weeks. Back in NYC, I also have something special coming up with Dave Malloy, composer of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. Check the Shows page for more info.

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