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Todd Brunel

Todd Brunel is a critically acclaimed clarinetist and sax player hailed as playing with "Tremendous virtuosity and heart" by the Boston Globe. He performs extensively as a classical and jazz musician and is a member of the Armenian folk jazz project Musaner, the Dylan Jack Quartet, Music At Eden's Edge, the Last Taxi, the Variable Density Sound Orchestra, the Eric Hofbauer Quintet, the Sonic Explorers and the avante-funk band, the Circadian Rhythm Kings. Fascinated by modern music and all its possibilities, he started the Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music in 2005 and has been awarded grants by the Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington and Massachusetts Cultural Council, Art Without Borders and the Dole Rogers Marshall visting artists program at Wheaton College. In 2012, he formed Opal Ensemble with pianist Paul Carlson and violist Anne Black, a group dedicating to discovering new 20th and 21st century repertoire and often neglected works of the past. Mr Brunel is often sought after as a soloist and collaborator to perform exciting cross genre classical and jazz programs. Some of his recent guest appearances include Gould Academy, Carnegie Hall, Brandeis University, The Longy School at Bard College, Spazio Teotro NO'HMA in Milan, the Out of the Box Festival and the Academy of Music Dance and Art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He performs regularly with several orchestras including the New Bedford Symphony, the Waltham Symphony, the Claflin Hill Symphony and the Lexington Symphony. He has recorded for PBS and the PARMA Label and has performed as principal clarinetist with ALEA III, the Bulgarian Virtuosi and Opera Ebony of Harlem. Mr Brunel is on the faulty of Wheaton College, where he directed the Wheaton College jazz band and is also on the faculties of the Powers Music School, The Community Music Center of Boston and the Lexington Music School. To find out more about Todd Brunel, visit him online at:

Brunel studied composition at Boston University with Sam Headrick and has premiered compositions at Dartmouth College, Carey Hall in Lexington, MA and the Regent Theater in Arlington, MA. He holds an MM from the Brooklyn College Conservatory and a BM from the Boston Conservatory. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival, the University of North Texas and The Longy School as a scholarship recipient.

Specialties: Performance, education, composition, special event contracting, administrative, grant writing, improvisation, jazz, classical and world music performance, ensemble director, clinician.


I Have Worked With

  • January 2014

    3rd Annual NEMPAC and Old North Church winter Concert Series

    Know Orchestra

    Friday January 17th, 7:00

    An Interactive Orchestral Concert

    193 Salem Street, Boston

  • December 2013

    Eric Hofbauer Quintet – Prehistoric Jazz @ AS220, Providence

    December 6, 2013 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

     | $10

    Eric Hofbauer is once again returning to our stage, however this time he is bringing his new quintet to perform his arrangement of the masterpiece that is Stravinsky’s “The Rite Of Spring”. Let those words sink in for a second. It’s jazz, its The Rite, it’s Eric arranging The Rite to be insane jazz…it’s everything we’ve dreamed of at this series. While I wish I could compress my excitement for this in order to describe what will be happening, I think i’ll instead let Eric’s words carry the message:

    “Stravinsky revolutionized the music world in 1913 with his use of extreme dissonance and shocking rhythmic energy. Around that same time, jazz started to introduce itself and its own shocking rhythmic language to American audiences. Hofbauer’s arrangement, by synthesizing the most memorable melodic and rhythmic elements from the original score with jazz improvisation, takes the masterwork off of its 20th century pedestal and deconstructs it as a vehicle 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 to today.

    Both The Rite of Spring and jazz are music of the earth; primal, raw, powerfully emotional music that challenges the mind while striking the listener deep at the core of some collective instinctual soul. One hundred years later, those earth musics have collided, proving that the revolution begun in 1913 is still alive and well if one just puts an ear to the ground to listen.”


  • September 2013

    Septemberfest , Spetember 21, (Seemingly) Spontaneous | 5:00 p.m.

    Improvised and ‘seemingly’ improvised works by Peter Cassino, Leo Blanco and Beethoven. 

    Cassino: Portraits
    Todd Brunel, bass clarinet
    Peter Cassino, piano 



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clarinetist/ woodwinds, composer
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5 Acton St
Arlington, MA 02476
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MCC grant recipient, 2014, 2010 and 2011

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Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision

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