Todd Brunel is a clarinetist, sax player, composer and producer who performs extensively as a classical and jazz musician. He is a member of the Armenian folk jazz project Musaner, Know Orchestra, the Eric Hofbauer Quintet, Made in the Shade, the Sonic Explorers and the avante-funk band, The Circadian Rhythm Kings. Mr Brunel is the director of the Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music and has been awarded grants by the Somerville, Cambridge, Arlington and Massachusetts Cultural Councils. In 2012, he formed Opal Ensemble with pianist Paul Carlson and violist Anne Black, a group dedicated to discovering new 20th and 21st century repertoire and often neglected works of the past. He has premiered new compositions by composers Alla Cohen, Pamela Watson, John Morrison,Vache Sharafyan, Vuk Kulenovic and is a recording artist for PARMA Recordings. In addition to his modern music activities, Brunel champions the music of the swing jazz era and can be heard performing as a guest artist at numerous senior centers and for Lindy hop dances in swing dance communities.
He has played principal clarinet with Opera Ebony of Harlem, ALEA III, the Bulgarian Virtuosi and plays frequently with the Lexington Symphony, the Claflin Hill Symphony and currently plays principal clarinet with the Waltham Symphony. Some of his recent appearances include Carnegie Hall, Brandeis University, ISIM 2014- 2015, the Longy School at Bard College, Spazio Teatro NO'HMA in Milan, the Out of the Box Festival and the Academy of Music Dance and Art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Mr Brunel is on the faculty of Wheaton College, where he has directed the Wheaton College Jazz Band, Cushing Academy and is also on the faculties of the Powers Music School and the Lexington Music School. He holds an MM from the Brooklyn College Conservatory and a BM from the Boston Conservatory. To find out more about Todd Brunel, visit him online at: www.clarinetconspiracy.com