The Vortex Series For New and Improvised Music world premier video event scheduled for July 25th, 2020 Featuring clarinetist Todd Brunel and pianist Jennifer Elowsky-Fox.

In this short program, we present the Francis Poulenc Sonata for clarinet and piano, an improvised solo clarinet piece, a duo version of We Shall 2 honoring Juneteenth 2020 and 2 movements of Larry Bell's poignant and beautiful solo piano work, the 24 Preludes and Fugues.

This video is made possible by a generous grant from the Arlington Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council and was filmed live at St John Episcopal Church on June 24th. We are so grateful to St John's for welcoming our performance during the COVID 19 pandemic.

This video was produced and filmed by the very talented Daniel Gorbunov and ACMI.


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As we all do our best to create meaningful musical opportunities for our communities and for ourselves, Boston Public Schools music educators teamed up for this virtual performance of Todd Brunel's arrangement of "Simple Gifts." As we unite through the power of music, we want to celebrate that the arts are alive at BPS! BOSTON LATIN ACADEMY Sonya White-Hope, violin 1 and 2 BOSTON LATIN SCHOOL Maggie McKenna, French horn THE ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL John Ferraro, clarinet 1 SARAH GREENWOOD K-8 SCHOOL Todd Brunel, bass clarinet/percussion/arranger THOMAS A. EDISON K-8 SCHOOL María Doreste Velázquez, piano BPS ARTS OFFICE Emmanuel Toledo, clarinet 2

COVID has caused us all to stop especially us performer/ educator types. In my daily I'm hunkered down with my family and we are doing our best to have lives, work, play, eat, sleep and entertain ourselves. I've owned the domain name and had the website since 2003 and of course I am--- we are all- in a state of reflection with a seething invisible monster at our backs, in our faces.

So what's a guy like me to do? Well in between my new online responsibilities as an educator, I'm taking a look at some of those pieces I never really had the time to work on... and finally saying: "Let's do something about that piece!"

Here's what I just posted as a description on my FB page: 

ClariNation Vitale:

It's a crazy movie montage that makes no sense, just like the times we live in. But...I was finally able to get a version of it that is more cohesive. It's a multitrack swarming, mixed meter sharknado without the sharks, only my family. The video features clips from quarantine and times of Freedom, I hope you enjoy!

Contact me for a copy of the score and parts if this music interests you.