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Todd Brunel is an American clarinetist who leads a dual life as a crossover classical and jazz musician. In the world premiere event, 'From Requiem to Renewal' at Boston College, "clarinetist Todd Brunel and pianist Synthia Sture played with tremendous virtuosity and heart."
He has premiered numerous works by such composers as Matthew D. Harder, Rick Sowash, Ara Sarkissian, the Alta Voz Composers Alliance, Vuk Kulenovic, Ludmilla Germain, Arnesto Klar, Pamela Watson, Vache Sharyfyan and composer/conductor Lawrence 'Butch' Morris. He collaborated with saxophonist Bobby Watson (as principal clarinetist with the Opera Ebony of Harlem) and has performed with such groups as ALEA III, the American Opera Musical Theater Company, the Andover Chamber Players, the Greenwich Village Orchestra and many New York and Boston area orchestras.
Brunel has made guest appearances at Carnegie Hall, Harvard University, the Boston and New England Conservatories, the Manhattan School, the SEAMUS Festival and the Winter Sun Music Festival, where he collaborated with legendary pianist Dalton Baldwin. Brunel is the artistic director of the Black Dust Ensemble, a featured performance group with the 'Musica Eclectica' Series at Eastern Nazarene College. As a jazz/improvisational musician and composer, he produced and performed in the critically acclaimed 'Vortex Series' for improvisational music, which was the jazz "pick of the week" in the Boston Phoenix and The Boston Globe.
He has been a featured artist at Rob Chalfen's Subconscious Cafe in collaboration with such groups as Andalusian Dream, the Circadian Rhythm Kings and such artists as pianist David Maxwell, violinist Katt Hernandez and cellist Daniel Levin. In New York, Brunel recorded the electro-acoustic work 'She Stood Weeping' by composer George 'Skip' Brunner, which gained international recognition. He has worked with saxophonists James Carter and Blaise Siwula, and continues his collaborations with singer/songwriter Lilli Lewis, with whom he has made numerous radio and television appearances across the United States. In a review of the recording "The Blind Man" from the album The Coming of John, the gods of music.com described his playing in the plural: "Sweeping solos blown in a diverse stream of study nothingness.........played by true cats, heavy pros".
Brunel has been a guest artist at ABC No Rio, Art Beat Festival, Smalls, CGBG's Gallery, the National Black Arts Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival. He has premiered his own compositions at Dartmouth College, the Longy School of Music, Boston University and the Electric Rainbow Coalition Festival. His website clarinetconspiracy.com is dedicated to innovative music and challenges mainstream musical convention.
Massachusetts is a U.S. state in New England. The music of Massachusetts has developed actively since it was first colonized by Britain. The city of Boston is an especially large part of the state's present music scene, which includes several genres of rock, as well as classical, folk, and hip hop music.
George Golla AM is an Australian jazz guitarist. In 1959 he commenced a long-term working musical partnership with clarinetist/flautist/saxophonist Don Burrows that continued for almost forty years. On 10 June 1985, Golla was made a Member of the Order of Australia with the citation, For service to music. In 1987, The George Golla Orchestra won the inaugural ARIA Fine Arts Award category of 'Best Jazz Album' for Lush Life.
The Philharmonic Winds is a Singaporean wind orchestra. The orchestra was formed in 2000 with Robert Casteels as Music Director and currently has more than 70 dedicated members. It is currently under the artistic leadership of Music Director Leonard Tan.
Barbara Higbie is a Grammy nominated, Bammy award winning pianist, composer, violinist, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She has played on over 65 CDs including 3 tunes on the recent Carlos Santana CD. A longtime Windham Hill recording artist, she has also recorded for Olivia/Second Wave records and Slowbaby Records. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. She is a folk, jazz, pop, and fusion singer-songwriter, noted for her highly melodic, jazz/folk piano performances. She has toured nationally and internationally since the early 1980s. An early recording artist on the Windham Hill record label, she formed and played with the group Montreux along with Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Todd Phillips, and Michael Manring. She recorded a critically acclaimed album titled Unexpected with singer Teresa Trull in 1983, which was included in The Boston Globe's Guide to Best Albums of 1983. Higbie and Trull teamed up again in 1997 to record an album titled Playtime. Since 1990, Barbara Higbie has released a number of solo albums on the Windham Hill and Slowbaby labels. She is known as a versatile and soulful musician.
Brian Q. Torff is an American jazz double-bassist and composer.
Dutch jazz refers to the jazz music of the Netherlands. The Dutch traditionally have a vibrant jazz scene as shown by the North Sea Jazz Festival as well as other venues.
Charles Matthew Egerton Hazlewood is a British conductor and advocate for a wider audience for orchestral music. After winning the European Broadcasting Union conducting competition in his twenties, Hazlewood has had a career as an international conductor, music director of film and theatre, composer and a curator of music on British radio and television.
Christopher Culpo is an American- French composer and pianist, who has been living in France since 1991. As a performer and composer, Culpo lies at the confluence of contemporary classical music, jazz, and free improvisation. He has written chamber and symphonic music, vocal and opera, for the dance and the theatre, and has composed and improvised music for silent films. He has been commissioned by Radio France.
Owl Studios is a jazz record label founded in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2005. In 2013 the label was sold and renamed Owl Music Group.
This is a timeline documenting events of Jazz in the year 1975.
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George Letellier is an American jazz pianist and composer, currently living in Luxembourg.
Andrés Boiarsky is an Argentine alto and tenor saxophonist. He is known for his work as a jazz musician and his contributions to the film Man Facing Southeast (1986).
Piotr Orzechowski, also known by his stage name Pianohooligan, is a Polish jazz pianist and composer. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Valencia and a winner of the Montreux Jazz Piano Competition and Jazz Hoeilaart, hailed by the critics as "the most creative and uncompromising young Polish jazz artist."
Anthony Branker is an American musician and educator of Caribbean descent whose work as a composer, educator, scholar, conductor, and performer has been featured on the international stage in Brazil, Switzerland, Poland, Finland, Italy, Estonia, Denmark, Greece, China, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Russia, Lithuania, and Japan as well as throughout the United States. Branker was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and raised in Piscataway and Plainfield, New Jersey. He attended public schools in Piscataway and graduated from Piscataway Township High School in 1976. where he was involved in the music program under the direction of R. Bruce Bradshaw and Joseph T. Mundi. Following high school, Branker attended Princeton University where he received his B.A. in Music and a Certificate in African American Studies. His graduate studies took him to the University of Miami for a Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy and later to Columbia University, Teachers College where he received the degrees of Master of Education and Doctor of Education; both with specialties in Music and Music Education.
Ab Baars is a Dutch jazz saxophonist and clarinetist who has had an active performance career since the 1970s. He has recorded several albums for the Geestgronden Records, Atavistic Records, and WIG records.
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol is a Grammy nominated Turkish-American composer and CMES Harvard University fellow who is a jazz pianist and singer that also performs a number of Near and Middle Eastern instruments as well as the Continuum Fingerboard. The Boston Globe calls Sanlıkol's music “colorful, fanciful, full of rhythmic life, and full of feeling" and "not touristy, but rather sophisticated, informed, internalized”, “...and he (Sanlıkol) is another who could play decisive role in music’s future in the world.”
This is a timeline documenting events of Jazz in the year 1911.