An incredible New Album by the Circadian Rhythm Kings featuring:
Todd Brunel: clarinet, bass clarinet, Bulgarian Flute, producer
Andrew Hickman: Tenor sax, percussion
Mike Carey: Alto sax flute
Jerry Sabatini: Trumpet track 1
John Funkhouser: Double bass, piano
Gary Fieldman: drums
Inspired funky grooves, infused with free form improvisation and musical spirit that transcends boundaries. Given 4 stars and called, " Intelligent and Progressive" by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton of All About Jazz
Eric Hofbauer Quintet Prehistoric Jazz Volume 1 and 2
As just featured on National Public Radio's Fresh Air. Hear the review by jazz critic Kevin Whitehead. Click HERE
Exciting News, CNM (Creative Nation Music) has just released the Eric Hofbauer Quintet’s debut recordings “Prehistoric Jazz Volume 1 and Volume 2″. Volume 1 features Eric's arrangement of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and Volume 2 features his arrangement of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time”. Both feature the quintet of Eric Hofbauer on guitar, Jerry Sabatini on trumpet, Todd Brunel on clarinet, Junko Fujiwara on cello and Curt Newton on drums. We recorded both CD’s on an early spring weekend in April and we are excited to have them simultaneously released on Oct. 21st on AMAZON. This release is something of a collector’s edition. It has wonderfully insightful liner notes by the world class jazz writer and historian, David Adler. The brilliant and talented Warren Amerman (Rotary Records) did the recording, mixing and mastering (and these discs sound incredible! you really have to hear them to believe it). Benjamin Shaykin (who has designed several CNM classic releases including American Fear and American Grace) did the design. What perhaps makes this really a collector’s release is the packaging. Dan Wood (a colleague of Ben’s) did a letter press printing for the liner notes and packaging. Letter press is the OLD way of printing using presses, typesetting and inks. The packaging is locally made (Providence RI) and hand-crafted. Each one is a wonderfully textured mini work of art. It is an unique way to package such a personally meaningful project. The whole quintet is excited and honored to share this music with you all. Enjoy! and Thank you!
New Album: The Last Taxi
Featuring: Pat Battstone piano Todd Brunel bass clarinet Chris Rathburn double bass Richard Poole drumset, vibraphone This current work is a collection of musical conversations. Our initial works, “Through an Open Door” and “Mystic Nights”, established a language, a musical dialog, between Richard Poole on vibes and myself on piano. In this effort, we have kept our “chamber jazz” voice and expanded it to include Chris Rathbun on bass and Todd Brunel on bass clarinet. Richard now plays drums in addition to vibes. Like most conversations, not everyone speaks at once and not everyone is a part of every conversation. Pat Battstone, 2014
*Ranked #12 on CMJ Jazz #1366
2014 Arlington and Massachusetts Arts council grant recipient:
Todd Brunel’s “Opal Ensemble Live at Town Hall” – a one-hour lunch-time concert featuring violist Anne Black and pianist Paul Carlson showcasing music of the 20th and 21stcenturies, to reach community members who: have business in the area, might be new to classical music, and/or might not otherwise be able to attend a concert. Thank you Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Arlington Cultural Council!
Now available at Nada Brohma records and CD Baby:
American Gypsy Featuring: Jerry Sabatini- trumpet, band leader, composer Chris Veilleux- alto and soprano sax John Lorentz- tenor sax Todd Brunel- clarinet and bass clarinet Phil Sargent- guitar John Funkhouser- piano and Keyboards Greg Loughman- double bass Mike Connors- drums
Since 2007, the Vortex Concert Series has presented concerts with a wide range of classical, jazz and experimental musicians from the New England area and abroad. Our listeners appreciate music ranging from the fringes of improvised to the notated of modern, spanning diverse artistic styles and disciplines. Valued supporters have told us how much they relish the spontaneous energy and creativity they feel and hear at our concerts.
In 2011-2012, we held a series of concerts at the Democracy Center in Harvard Square, the Cafe at the Somerville Armory, the Nave Gallery in Somerville and Zumix in East Boston. The Vortex Other Dimension Ensemble continues to collaborate with students throughout the Boston area, giving concerts and workshops, allowing us to share spontaneous music-making with the next generation of musicians.
We also released our first creative music CD aptly titled, "Vortex Live" and In June, we had our cd release party at the Somerville Armory Cafe. We had a wild, musically interractive day that featured pianists Daivid Maxwell and Peter Cassino, drummer Dennis Warren, oboist Esther Viola, french hornist Pam Marshall, guitarist Garrison Fewell, flutist Matt Samolis, saxophonist, electronic musician Michael Dobiel and others.
We are currently looking to expand our performace schedule to include several cities and towns in New England and plan a tour in the summer of 2013. You can help the Vortex musical voice remain clear and strong throughout 2013 with your financial support. In the past part of our was made possible by grants from the Cambridge Arts Council, the Somerville Arts Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council, which recognized our artistic merit and contribution to the cultural life of the community. Our main support in the past has been made by donors who love great live music. You can help us build on that financial foundation. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Vortex by clicking on the donation button below, or contact me directly by email.
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Artistic director of the Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music