1353 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Alcohol, Music, Performing Arts
Join us for an evening of free jazz improvisation featuring:
Todd Brunel – Woodwinds
Brunel is a clarinetist and sax player, who performs extensively as a classical and jazz musician. He is a member of several acclaimed original music projects including: Musaner (Music of Armenia re-imagined), The Eric Hofbauer Quintet, Made In the Shade, the Dylan Jack Quartet, the David Haas Group, the Last Taxi with Pat Battstone, the Sonic Explorers and the avante-funk band, The Circadian Rhythm Kings. He performs frequently with Peter Cassino and Sal Baglio and has worked with Andy Pratt, Laurence ‘Butch’ Morris, Jonathan Stout and his Campus 5, Garrison Fewell, Louis Bellson, John McLellan, Dave Maxwell, Daniel Carter, Bobby Watson, John Tchicai and Guo Yhazhi. 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.
Mr Brunel is a member of Music at Eden’s Edge and has appeared as a guest artist with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra Salon Series, The Arlington Philharmonic, the Chaminade Music Club, ALEA III, The Chromatic Club of Boston, The International Cat Murr Composers Society, The Bulgarian Virtuosi, Xanthos Ensemble and Opal Ensemble which he co-founded in 2012. He has premiered new works by composers John Mcdonald, Alla Cohen, Brian Buch, John Kusiak, Pamela Watson, Vache Sharafyan, Vuk Kulenovic, Pamela Marshall and many others. Some of his recent appearances include Carnegie Hall, ISIM 2015-16, Dartmouth College, Bard College, Boston College and Spazio Teatro NO'HMA in Milan. The Boston Globe has hailed: "Clarinetist Todd Brunel and pianist Cynthia Sture played with tremendous virtuosity and heart." He can be heard on several critically acclaimed albums including the Eric Hofbauer Quintet Prehistoric Jazz Volumes One, Two, Three and Four (CNM), Musaner (Lucent Music), Alla Elana Cohen: Red Lillies of Bells (Ravello Records), The Dylan Jack Quartet: Diagrams (CNM) and the soundtrack to several independent films including: One Cut One Life, and the PBS documentaries, the Battle of Chosin and Paul Robeson, 'Here I Stand'. Brunel is a recording artist with CNM, PARMA Records and is currently the bass clarinetist and saxophonist with the Claflin Hill Symphony and principal clarinet of the Waltham Symphony Orchestra.
Mr Brunel is currently the music director at the Sarah Greenwood School in Dorchester, MA and faculty of clarinet and saxophone at Middlesex Community College in Bedford, MA. He is a 2020 grant recipient of the Arlington cultural Council and now serves on the Council. Brunel is a NEST artist with the New England Foundation for the Arts and a 'Centerstage' endorsing artist and clinician with Conn-Selmer. He was the saxophone/clarinet professor and interim jazz band director at Wheaton College and former faculty member of the Powers Music where he taught for 18 years.He holds an MM from the Brooklyn College Conservatory and a BM from the Boston Conservatory where he was a clarinet student of Atilio Poto.
Eric Dahlman – Trumpet
Dahlman is a performer, band leader, composer and recording artist with three CD’s. He has performed with free jazz icon Hal Russell & his NRG Ensemble, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Travis Chandler Philharmonic, Auddity, Rakalam Bob Moses, The Calypso Invaders, Little Mystery, and others. Dahlman has three albums thus far; “Tunnel Sessions”, Glacier” and “Ripped Echos”. He has appeared on Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty’s Discovery Channel soundtrack “Bridges". His music appears in the documentary film “The Bear Cult” (2015 Hyperion). Dahlman studied with Ingrid Monson, Dave Frank, Anthony Davis & John Luther Adams.
John Dalton - Drums
John Dalton is a Boston based musician, composer, and educator. He has performed at the New Bedford Jazz Festival, Fete Music hall, the Zeiterion Theater, Boston University, Wally’s Cafe Jazz Club, Shrine World Music venue in Harlem and Cafe 939 at Berklee College of Music. He has performed or shared the bill with artists such as Jim Robitaille, Dino Govoni, Amanda Monaco, John Sullivan, Barry Altschul, Dennis Montgomery, Jerome Harris, Stefano Battaglia, Kaya Meller, Kamil Piotrowicz, Anastassiya Petrova, and royal hartigan. John has also received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Medford Arts Council, and the Somerville Arts Council for work with his modular ensemble Spheres of Influence, which performs original compositions, standards, as well as arrangements of well-known repertoire.
Scott Samenfeld - Bass
Samenfeld is a long-time Boston based musician, composer and band leader. He moved to Boston in 1970 from the New York City area where he studied with guitarist Harry Lahey, pianists Keith McDonald and Gabe Julian and bassist Bill Holliday. He studied at Berklee College of Music and was a member of Razzmatazz a jazz, rock, fusion group and Trillium, an avante garde power trio in the 70s. He taught for many years including 5 years at the Guitar Workshop in Boston, the Open Road School, an alternative high school in Waltham, and the Cambridge School in Weston. He formed his group Muse Stew in 1990 which still performs his original compositions regularly. He has also led the Cal Tjader project featuring the music of the great Latin vibraphist. He has held down the bass chair of the Sounds of Swing big band for almost 40 years. \
Phil Morimoto – Guitar
Morimoto is a guitarist, composer, performer and congregator of musicians. After graduating from Berklee in 1983 Isao retrained his approach to guitar using the finger-picking approach and broke free from the confines of using scales, rehearsed chord progressions or lines while improvising. Isao aims to create real-time powerful musical experiences through improvisation in collaboration with other free-improvisation minded players. He regularly performs at the Lilypad.