Todd H. Brunel

Todd H. Brunel

Clarinet, Saxophone, Jazz Band

Todd Brunel is a clarinetist and sax player, who performs extensively as a classical and jazz musician. He is a member of several original music projects including: Musaner (Music of Armenia re-imagined), The Eric Hofbauer Quintet, Made In the Shade, the Dylan Jack Quartet, the Last Taxi with Pat Battstone, the Sonic Explorers and the avante-funk band, The Circadian Rhythm Kings. He performs frequently with pianist Peter Cassino and has worked with singer songwriter Andy Pratt, composer and conductor Laurence ‘Butch’ Morris, Jonathan Stout and his Campus 5, guitarist Garrison Fewell, drummers Louis Bellson and John McLellan, pianist Dave Maxwell, saxophonists Daniel Carter and Bobby Watson and multi-instrumentalist and composer John Tchicai. Brunel is the director of the Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music and has been awarded grants by the Somerville, Cambridge, Arlington and Massachusetts Cultural Councils.

As a classical musician, he performs with Music at Eden’s Edge and has performed with ALEA III, the Bulgarian Virtuosi and co-founded Opal Ensemble in 2012. He has premiered new works by composers John Mcdonald, Alla Cohen, John Kusiak, Pamela Watson, Vache Sahrafyan, Vuk Kulenovic, Pamela Marshall and many others. Some of his recent appearances include Carnegie Hall, ISIM 2015-16, Dartmouth College, Bard College, Boston College and Spazio Teatro NO'HMA in Milan. He can be heard on several critically acclaimed albums including the 2014 release of the Eric Hofbauer Quintet Prehistoric Jazz Volumes One and Two, and the soundtrack to several independent films including: One Cut One Life, and the PBS documentaries, the Battle of Chosin and Paul Robeson, 'Here I Stand'. Brunel is a recording artist with PARMA Records and is currently the bass clarinetist and saxophonist with the Claflin Hill Symphony and principal clarinet of the Waltham Symphony Orchestra.

Mr Brunel is on the faculty of Wheaton College and is a NEST artist with the New England Foundation for the Arts. He is also on the faculties of the Powers Music School, and the Lexington Music School. He holds an MM from the Brooklyn College Conservatory and a BM from the Boston Conservatory where he was a clarinet student of Atilio Poto. Professor Brunel is a Conn-Selmer Endorsing artist and clinician and plays a Selmer Paris 35 bass clarinet. You can find out more about Todd online at www.clarinetconspiracy.com.



 

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