My name is Todd Brunel and I am critically acclaimed clarinetist and saxophonist, concert soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist and classical/orchestral musician. The Boston Globe has hailed that I play with "Tremendous virtuosity and heart." See my bio page for more information.
I write and arrange music for all occasions and collaborate with some of the best musicians in the Boston area and New York. Solo, jazz and chamber performances have taken me to Carnegie Hall and stages in Europe and across the United States and Canada.
I perform at library concert series, theaters, special events, colleges, restaurants, retirement communities, churches, anywhere there is a need for great live music. Perhaps you have been to a concert of one of the ensembles or perhaps you have seen me narrate children's story hour performances.
Many of my concerts can be characterized as musically adventurous, often pushing musical boundaries, I love to collaborate with those who are open minded and seek to be transformed by the spirit of the music.
I am a New England States Touring Artist with the New England Foundation for the Arts. Contact me below for inquiries about my fee structure and how we can form a partnership.
The Dylan Jack Quartet
Cassino Art Ensemble
The Eric Hofbauer Quintet
The quintet features Eric Hofbauer on guitar, Todd Brunel on clarinet and bass clarinet, Jerry Sabatini on trumpet, Junko Fujiwara on cello and Curt Newton on drum set. All of the musicians are accomplished jazz and new music improvisers who also perform in classical and modern music settings.
The EHQ performs a program called, "Prehistoric Jazz" which features Hofbauer's arrangements of both Stravinky's The Rite of Spring and Messaien's' The Quartet for the End of Time. Hofbauer draws his inspiration from video footage of Leonard Bernstein rehearsing The Rite of Spring in 1987 where he instructs the timpanist to play his part like “prehistoric jazz.” His quintet arrangements synthesize the most memorable melodic and rhythmic elements from the original scores with jazz improvisation.
Stravinsky revolutionized the music world in 1913 with his use of extreme dissonance and shocking rhythmic energy. Around the same time, Jazz started to introduce itself and its own shocking rhythmic language to American audiences. Later in the early 1940’s, as Messiaen continued Stravinksy’s dissonant polytonal explorations, Bebop was redefining the harmonic vocabulary of modern jazz in similar directions. Hofbauer’s arrangements take the masterworks off their 20th century pedestals and deconstruct them as vehicles for ensemble dialogue and personal expression. This method of reinterpretation has been a part of the jazz tradition from its inception through the work of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and even Gunther Schuller’s Third Stream movement.
Prehistoric Jazz is a concert program tailored for the collegiate community or any arts and culture education-based audience. This concert presentation will complement college or high school course work in aesthetics, music history, jazz studies, post-modernism, or 20th century cultural studies. The ensemble is available for additional workshops and talk-backs with the audience that can be included as part of the presentation of the work.
For more information about the EHQ including rates, masterclasses, workshops and more video footage click HERE
Music at Eden's Edge
The Opal Ensemble
Jerry Sabatini trumpets, compositions
Chris Veilleux alto sax, soprano sax
Jonathan Lorentz tenor sax
John Funkhouser keyboard
Phil Sargent guitar
Greg Loughman double bass
Mike Connors drums
For booking information click HERE
Katherine's collaborators bring these works to life with their masterful artistry: Dan Fox on trombone, Todd Brunel on bass clarinet, Peter Tillotson on bass, and Steve Langone on drums.
Pat Battstone piano
Richard Poole drumset/ vibes
Chris Rathburn double bass
Todd Brunel bass clarinet
“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.”
Presenting, "The French American Connection"
Featuring works by Debussy, Gerswhin, Bernstein and their own compositions.
Kathy Rosenbach Piano,
Todd Brunel clarinets
Pianist Kathryn Rosenbach and clarinetist Todd Brunel present a varied and rich program called, “ The French and American Connection”, featuring works by Caude Debussy, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and their own compositions. The duo continues the rich legacy of the composer-performer tradition with Ms. Rosenbach’s hauntingly beautiful Psalm X inspired by the Boston Marathon bombing and a playful, mischievous composition by Todd Brunel called, “Three Caprices for Bass Clarinet and piano. As a finale, the duo will present their own arrangement of the George Gershwin classic, Rhapsody in Blue for clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone and piano. An acrobatic and jazzy musical tour de force.
Plays original music that blends classical, jazz, and free improvisation.All four members are experienced music educators and performers with a strong commitment to bringing the joy of music and creativity to young people. We specialize in presenting children's concerts to Boston area public schools in need. Click here for more information and to visit Know Orchestra online.
Ima Jonsdottir violin
Dan Shaud french horn
Todd Brunel clarinets
Gary Fieldman drumset/ percussion
Here is video of a rehearsal of Gary Fieldman's composition: Twinkle
Classic swing hits from the 20's, 30's and 40's
Todd Brunel clarinet
Joe Reid piano
Clarinetist Todd Brunel and pianist Joe Reid will take you back to a time and place you may vividly recall. Benny Goodman was a great American icon, and a musician whose talent knew no boundaries. Todd and Joe will present some of the music made famous by the “King of Swing,” as well as a few original recordings by the man, himself. So sit back, relax and have a good time.
Here are some links to Youtube videos:
Sunny Side of the Street:
Bei MIr Bis Du Schoen
Body and Soul
The Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music:
2013 Grant Recipient: Dole Rogers Marshall Visiting Artist Endowment, Wheaton College.
2011 Grant recipient: The Somerville Arts council, The Massachusetts Cultural Council and Art Without Borders.
2010 Grant recipient: The Cambridge Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council
Todd Brunel artistic director
Pamela Marshall co-producer
Sirarpi Heghinian Walzer co-producer
Rob Bethel, cello, owner of Yesterday Service.
Sheet Music, books and more! Yesterday Service: click here
"Todd Brunel's Vortex Series...features some of the city's finest jazz musicians and free-improvisers of all stripes." -Jon Garelick, The Boston Phoenix, 'Bos Picks'
The Acre Brunel Duo
Classical concert music featuring works by the great masters.
Amira Acre piano
Todd Brunel clarinet
The Sonic Sandbox
Forrest Larson electronics
David Brown didjeridu
Todd Brunel clarinets
Carsman Brunel Newman
Larry Carsman guitar
Todd Brunel clarinets and saxophone
Blake Newman double bass
Distinctive classical, jazz and world music favorites for all occasions.
Blake's site: http://blakenewman.org/index.shtml
Larry's site: http://www.larrycarsman.com/
The Circadian Rhythm Kings
Inventive cross genre jazz fusion with 3 horns and a hot rhythm section:
Todd Brunel clarinets, saxophone
Ken Field alto sax and flutes
Michael Carey alto sax and flute
Andrew Hickman tenor sax and toys
John funkhouser bass
Gary Fieldman drums
"With a name that mashes up the biological day/night clock with a prototypical jazz ensemble moniker,
and a roster that includes some of the most adventurous musicians around, the Kings
marry free jazz with swinging and funky beats."
-Kevin Lowenthal, The Boston Globe
The Meltdown Incentive:
Improvised salon music of a different sort...
Sara Bielanski voice
Delvyn Case keyboard
Ed Broms keyboard, percussion
Todd Brunel clarinets, sax
Waltham Symphony Orchestra
New England Skyscraper conducted by Butch Morris
American Festival of Microtonal Music,
Johnny Reinhard artistic director
The Lilli Lewis Group
Afro Hues Rhapsody