Todd Brunel is a clarinetist and sax player who performs extensively as a classical and jazz musician. He is a member of several acclaimed original music projects including: Musaner (Music of Armenia re-imagined), The Eric Hofbauer Quintet, Sal Baglio: the Boy with the Amplifier Head, the Dylan Jack Quartet, the David Haas Group, the Last Taxi and the avant-funk band, the Circadian Rhythm Kings. He performs frequently with Peter Cassino and Made In The Shade Music and has worked with Andy Pratt, Laurence ‘Butch’ Morris, Jonathan Stout and his Campus 5, Garrison Fewell, Louis Bellson, John McLellan, Dave Maxwell, Daniel Carter, Al ‘Carnival Time’ Johnson, Regie Gibson, Bobby Watson, John Tchicai and Guo Yhazhi. 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, performance engagements include: Music at Eden’s Edge, WGBH Television, The Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra Salon Series, the Chaminade Music Club, ALEA III, The Chromatic Club of Boston, The International Cat Murr Composers Society, The Bulgarian Virtuosi, Xanthos Ensemble and Opal Ensemble which he co-founded in 2012. He has premiered new works by composers John McDonald, Alla Cohen, Brian Buch, John Kusiak, Pamela Watson, Vache Sharafyan, 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 Eric Hofbauer Quintet Prehistoric Jazz Volumes One, Two, Three and Four (CNM), Musaner (Lucent Music), Alla Elana Cohen: Red Lillies of Bells (Ravello Records), The Dylan Jack Quartet: Diagrams (CNM) 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 CNM, 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 recently joined the faculty of Heronfield Academy, where he is the director of ensembles, and taught at Wheaton College and the Powers Music School. He is a NEST artist with the New England Foundation for the Arts, and he now joins Music at Eden’s Edge. 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.
To find out more about Todd Brunel, his clinics and performances, visit him online at www.clarinetconspiracy.com