Yesterday I had the great pleasure of recording clarinetist Todd Brunel and cellist Rob Bethel. This was the first time either of them played with Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, but the vibes were so connected that it felt like they had been playing together for years. Thank you for coming and playing your hearts out! A truly extraordinary date.


Rob Bethel Bio:

Since receiving a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from Ohio State University in 1986, Robert Bethel has led an active and varied musical life, studying privately with William Conable, David Darling, Einar Holm, and in master classes with Margaret Rowell, Carter Brey, Mick Carrera, Myles Jordan, and David Clampitt. After returning to the Boston area, he has performed with the Lexington Sinfonietta and many other area orchestras. Recent recordings have included Forrest Larson's Solitary Motion for solo cello and Jobe's Riverrun for string quartet.

Rob has collaborated with choreographer Dawn Pratson at the Longy School of Music and at Dancers Courageous in Gloucester. A founding member of Babemba (an African dance and drumming ensemble), Rob has collaborated with such diverse groups as Perishable Theatre (Wozzeck), the Brown University Dance Extension, the Pan-Twilight Circus Orchestra, and the Boston Composers and Improvisors Collaborative. Rob is an active member of Music for People (a network of improvising musicians) and has played in benefit performances for the Inter-tribal Peace and Healing Center of San Diego, CA. opensoundbios/ robbethel.html

Todd Brunel Bio:

Todd Brunel is an innovative, critically acclaimed clarinetist and saxophonist, composer and producer who performs extensively as a classical and improvisational 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, Claudio Gabriele, Matthew D. Harder, Rick Sowash, Ara Sarkissian, Jose Louis Hurtado, Johnny Reinhard, Vuk Kulenovic, Etienne Rolin, Pamela Baskin-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.

As a jazz/improvisational performer and composer, he produces The Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music and is a grant recipient from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Cambridge Arts Council, the Somerville Arts Council and Art Without Borders. The Vortex Series has also been chosen as the jazz "pick of the week" in the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Globe. Among his hundreds of performances at clubs and social establishments, Brunel and his groups have played at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Boston Jazz Festival, The Bowery Poetry club, The National Black Arts Festival, Mobius, The International Woodwind Festival, Preservation Jazz Hall, Ryles, CBGB’s Gallery, The Boston Music Festival and the American Microtonal Festival under the direction of Johnny Reinhard. His work with conductor and composer Lawrence D. 'Butch' Morris includes the New York Skyscraper Conductions #73-76 at Context and the New England Skyscraper Conductions #151-153 and 155.

As a classical freelance musician, Mr. Brunel's busy performance schedule includes ALEA III, the Boston Chamber Ensemble, the Lexington Symphony, the Bulgarian Virtuosi, The New Bedford Symphony, the Waltham Symphony, the Claflin Hill Symphony and the Chagall Performance Art Collaborative. He often collaborates with pianist Paul Carlson and violist Anne Black and is a board member of the Chromatic Club of Boston, where he has been a featured performer. Brunel has made guest appearances at: Carnegie Hall, the SEAMUS Festival, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the Boston Conservatory, The Longy School of Music, The Academy of Music Dance and Art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and The Winter Sun Music Festival with legendary pianist, Daltin Baldwin. He has recorded for the PBS documentary, "Paul Robeson, Here I Stand" and for several independant films. He has played principal clarinet with the Opera Ebony of Harlem under the direction of alto saxophonist Bobby Watson and principal clarinet with the American Opera Musical Theater Company.

Clients : Rob Bethel & Todd Brunel