Back from an epic trip… many thanks to Sounds of the Underground Festival in Amsterdam, Filastine, Blue Crime, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor program, Prairie Empire, and the others who kept it interesting.

Now it’s Summertime in NYC… diving in to another phase of work on Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet, which will premiere in October at the Bushwick Starr, and working on my new solo set for a European tour in November. And biking to the beach whenever possible…


New/old songs & Europa

Throughout this month I’ve been posting various tracks to my Soundcloud page. They are part of an album that I’m putting together to reward those who contributed to my Kickstarter campaign last year. Collaborators include Lullabies for Falling Empires, Simone White, Reggie Watts, David Belmont, and there are also some previously-unreleased solo cello tracks. Enjoy.

And I’m looking forward to some Springtime shows in Amsterdam, Paris, La Spezia, Milano, Barcelona, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more… check the shows page for details as they are available.

Happy Spring,

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

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