Akpen Birge


From Kazakhstan to New York: American musicians collaborate with Kazakh singer.   Earlier this year, members of the NYC based music group Break of Reality were named music ambassadors for the U.S. State Department. Through American Music Abroad, a program that fosters cross-cultural connections with global audiences and musicians, Break of Reality traveled to Central …



MEMBERS Patrick Laird is a founding member of Break of Reality, having performed and composed with the band since 2003. He also performs with his wife Marnie in the cello and piano group, Brooklyn Duo. Ivan Trevino is the lone percussionist in Break of Reality and is also a founding member of the band. Like Patrick, he is also involved …



EDUCATION/OUTREACH Break of Reality is committed to music education and has given hundreds of workshops across the U.S. for all ages of music students. Break of Reality’s School Mission: to inspire musical interest and creativity to offer tools for developing musicianship to keep instrumental music alive and relevant Break of Reality gives educational workshops to encourage …


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