Todd Brunel

Primary Instrument: Clarinet

Born: August 23, 1968    

Todd Brunel

Todd Brunel is an innovative, critically acclaimed clarinetist and saxophonist, who performs extensively as a crossover classical and jazz musician. In the world premiere event 'From Requiem to Renewal' at Boston College, Eileen Pfeiffer of the Boston Globe hailed: “Clarinetist Todd Brunel and pianist Synthia Sture played with tremendous virtuosity and heart”. He has premiered works by numerous composers including: George ‘Skip’ Brunner, Matthew D. Harder, Rick Sowash, Ara Sarkissian, Jose Louis Hurtado, Johnny Reinhard, Vuk Kulenovic, Etienne Rolin, Pamela Watson, and Vache Sharafyan. “The perfect control over the instruments allowed the soloists the subtle at times almost jocular transition through different styles and genres.” Musical Horizons Magazine....
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2010-2011 Grant recipient Massachusetts Cultural Council
”Beautiful tone” Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix

“If you frequent the tiny avant-improv bunker Outpost 186, then you're familiar with clarinettist Todd Brunel's Vortex Series, which features some of the city's finest jazz musicians and free-improvisers of all stripes.” -The Boston Phoenix, “Bos Picks”

“The performances were all high quality..... Mr. Brunel, mostly on bass clarinet treated, to quote Judith Weir, as “a hysterical treble instrument with a surprise bass extension,” exhibited sure command of all his extended and unextended techniques....” Read the full review here -Vance R. Koven, the Boston Music Intelligencer

The Circadian Rhythm Kings ”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

Kalvos and Damian IN THE HOUSE! Show #555: August 15, 2009: Click Here

“Clarinetist Todd Brunel and pianist Synthia Sture played with tremendous virtuosity and heart”. -Eileen Pfeiffer, the Boston Globe

“ The perfect control over the instruments allowed the soloists the subtle, at times almost jocular transition through the different styles and genres �” waltz, jazz, Bulgarian folk rhythms!… The emotional and capturing performance aroused the spontaneous applause of the audience and the consequent encore �” a brief improvisation by Todd Brunel based on the Bulgarian folk song Recumbent Todora �” Polina Kuyumdzhieva, Music Critic, Musical Horizons Magazine

”Sweeping solos blown in a diverse stream of study nothingness.........played by true cats, heavy pros.” �” The Gods of Music .com

”Todd Brunel's Vortex series presented Katt Hernandez and himself with highly regarded blues oriented pianist David Maxwell sitting in with the duo. The music was all over the place, succeeding and failing intermittently with all of its diversity. The highlight of the set.....was the Brunel Hernandez encore in which everything came together beautifully.” �” Stu Vandermark, Cadence Magazine

” In “Freedom by Design”, Butch Morris's Conduction leaves little to chance. The success of the conductions depends on Morris's ability to find compatible musicians.... In Boston, he'll have local clarinettist Todd Brunel, with whom he's worked before, as well as a couple of musicians from New York, including accordionist Andrea Parkins....” �” John Garelick, Boston Phoenix

” The Hurtado was nimbly traversed by.........clarinetist Todd Brunel” �” David Cleary, the New Music Connoisseur

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E. Boston, MA

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

I'm a dedicated and patient teacher with over 25 years of experience, teaching a variety of styles from classical to jazz, world music and contemporary improvisation. Lessons are open to students at all levels from beginner to advanced. Many of my advanced students consistently place at the top of competitive District and All State auditions. Beginning students will learn to assemble and play their instrument in the first lesson and work with my carefully guided and patient system. College and advanced students will gain conservatory training focusing on tone production in all registers, dynamic control, articulation and interpretation that will help you to find your 'voice'. 2000-present Powers Music School, Belmont MA

Clinic/Workshop Information:
If you are a private university professor, or band director, my clinics give your students resources to help foster their artistic growth and gain an understanding of the composer's concept using exercises that go beyond simple repetition. To optimize their performances, we examine the scales, arpeggios and extensions within a phrase to build confidence and strengthen technique. Once the conerstone of a solid technique is built, we develop a musical character that can be taken to any stage. Students need to feel that their work and commitment to music is valued and musical growth takes time and patience. My improv workshops help the non improvisor and the improvisor get away from the written page, starting in a group environment, guided completely by the idea that listening is a creative act. No one person stand-outs, just guided acts of musical dialogue. The results are astonishing!

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