Visiting Instructor of Music in Performance
Todd Brunel is a critically acclaimed clarinetist, sax player, producer and composer who performs extensively as a classical and jazz musician. He is the artistic director of the Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music and has been awarded grants from Art Without Borders, The Cambridge Arts Council, The Somerville Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
As a classical musician, Mr Brunel's most recent guest appearances include Carnegie Hall, Harvard University, the SEAMUS festival at Dartmouth College,The American Festival of Microtonal Music,The Longy School, the Chromatic Club of Boston and The Academy of Music Dance and Art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He has premiered new works for the clarinet by composers Vuk Kulenovic, Pamela Watson, John H. Morrison, George 'Skip' Brunner, Toby Twining, Vache Sharafyan, Marco Oppedesano and Mathew D. Harder. He currently plays principal clarinet with the Waltham Symphony and has performed with ALEA III, The Bulgarian Virtuosi and the Opera Ebony of Harlem. He collaborates frequently with pianist Paul Carlson and also works with the Lexington Symphony, the New Bedford Symphony and is often featured as a jazz soloist with the Claflin Hill Symphony, where he plays bass clarinet and saxophone.
As an improvisational musician and composer, he is a founding member of the Armenian Folk Fusion band Musaner, Sonic Sandbox, the Circadian Rhythm Kings and the Rock Flint Contemporary Ensemble. He is also a member of Garrison Fewell's Variable Density Ensemble, Jerry Sabatini's Sonic Explorers, the Know Orchestra,The Meltdown Incentive and the New England Skyscraper under the direction of Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris. Brunel and his groups have performed at The International Woodwind Festival, The Cutler Majestic Theater, The Montreal Jazz Festival (with Bob Mover), Spazio Teatro NO'HMA (Milan), The Regatta Bar, Mobius and the Vortex Other Dimension Festival in Cambridge, MA. He has premiered his own compositions at Dartmouth College, The American Festival of Microtonal Music, Carey Hall in Lexington, MA and the Regent Theater in Arlington, MA.
Brunel holds an MM from the Brooklyn College Conservatory, where he was a graduate assistant to Paul Shelden and a BM from The Boston Conservatory, where he studied with Attilio Poto. He has also studied clarinet with Jonathan Cohler, Thomas Martin, Pasquale Cardillo and has pursued jazz studies with Peter Cassino, Bob Mover and composition studies with Sam Headrick. Brunel has attended the Aspen Music Festival, the Longy School and the University of North Texas as a scholarship recipient.
To find out more about Todd Brunel and his work, You can visit him online at his website: www.clarinetconspiracy.com