Todd Brunel is a clarinetist, sax player, composer and producer who performs extensively as a classical and jazz musician. He is a member of the Armenian folk jazz project Musaner, Know Orchestra, the Eric Hofbauer Quintet, the Sonic Explorers and the avante funk band, The Circadian Rhythm Kings. He performs frequently with pianist Peter Cassino and has worked with Laurence ‘Butch’ Morris, saxophonist Daniel Carter, guitarist Garrison Fewell and multi-instrumentalist and composer John Tchicai. Mr 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. In 2012, he formed Opal Ensemble with pianist Paul Carlson and violist Anne Black, a group dedicated to discovering new 20th and 21st century repertoire and often neglected works of the past. He has played principal clarinet with Opera Ebony of Harlem, the Bulgarian Virtuosi and plays frequently with the Lexington Symphony, the Claflin Hill Symphony and the Reagle Music theater. Some of his recent appearances include Carnegie Hall, Brandeis University, Dartmouth College, the Longy School at Bard College, Spazio Teatro NO'HMA in Milan, the Out of the Box Festival, Gould Academy and the Academy of Music Dance and Art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. 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 in Belmont, Massachusetts and the Lexington Music School. He holds an MM from the Brooklyn College Conservatory and a BM from the Boston Conservatory. To find out more about Todd Brunel, his clinics and performances, visit him online at: www.clarinetconspiracy.com
On Leap of Faith: "Alien yet familiar, bizarre yet completely fascinating. Expanding, contracting, erupting, settling down, always as one force..." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
On Metal Chaos Ensemble: "... using unique strategies to yield densely active and eerily surreal music, an incredible excursion through experimental improvisation." - Squidco website staff
Todd Brunel appears on the following Evil Clown titles:
Leap of Faith
Todd Brunel Bio
"Full body warm-up music, firing on all cylinders, fake or shake it, it doesn't matter, the energy is intelligent progressive, the avant is on guard and the vibe is smiling. None too heavy this 'Free Jazz' variant, courtesy of Todd Brunel's funk loving band of acers."
- Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, All About Jazz