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August 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

When time is short, as it usually is, I’d rather be playing and teaching music than writing about it online. This must be why my music website is chronically out-dated and a bit of a mess. In recent news I have been doing a lot of piano teaching. See my website Mt. Airy Piano Lessons. […]


February 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

My travels have ended. I am back in Philadelphia. In August of 2014 my wife and new-born son settled into a new house in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. Since then I have been busy with writing and performing scores for Not So Silent Cinema, playing piano in various projects around town, and teaching. […]

Start Spreadin’ the News

August 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

I, Brendan Cooney, have moved to New York. I have two questions: 1. What are all of these people doing here? 2. Where can I pee? I’m looking forward to hearing and playing lots of good music here in ‘the city’. Looking ahead I will be touring PA and the South in September with the […]

Movin’ on…

June 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

In a couple weeks I will be a resident of New York City. It’s been a busy year in Boston… too busy to keep my site updated. Here’s the year in review: In the Fall of 2012 I began a monthly silent-film series at the Armory in Sommerville MA. I composed a full-length score each […]

Busy in Boston

August 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

It’s been just over a year since I moved to this fair city of Boston. It’s hard to believe so much has happened in just one year. Here is a quick update on some of those projects. I put a lot of time into my project Not-So-Silent-Cinema this year, my project of writing and performing […]

Buster Keaton Shorts- Somerville, March 30

March 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

I’m excited about the next Not-So-Silent-Cinema project: three new scores I’ve composed for three classic Buster Keaton shorts. March 30, 2012 Arts at the Armory 8pm 191 Highland Ave, Somerville MA  $11 on facebook With Kyle Tuttle on banjo Andy Bergman on clarinet and myself Brendan Cooney on piano The trailer with some of my […]


December 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

The Nosferatu2011 tour was a big success. We had huge crowds, had a blast, and played some great/spooky music. Here is some footage from our show at the Armory in Sommervile MA where we played to 150+ people. My Silent Filmscore Project has a new web-site: No-So-Silent-Cinema

Swarm Vs. Herd

December 9, 2011 in Post-composition, Uncategorized

Swarm Vs. Herd is a piece for Wind Ensemble that I composed for a student/faculty ensemble at Friends Music Camp, where I teach every summer. The piece is a wild battle in 7/8 between the woodwinds (swarm) and brass (herd). It was a lot of fun to work with and write for such great players, […]

CD release footage- Wagner’s Tanhauser in 11-8

September 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

Here’s some footage from the Rhino trio’s CD release show, part of the Crossroads Music Series in West Philly, April 2011. Thanks to Jen Kertis for the footage!

ripping it with Noggin Hill

April 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

On a cold winter day in Philly I discovered that I could play banjo and piano on the same tune.