Bunny Brunel

Wednesday / February 23, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

When Chick Corea watched Bernard "Bunny" Brunel play one night at an upscale London jazz club in 1978, Bunny was unaware of the ultimate significance Corea would play in his future success as a bassist. A few weeks after that visit to London, Chic called Bunny on the telephone and asked him to pack up and join him on a worldwide tour. Bunny quickly accepted and went on to record the classics "Tap Step" and "Secret Agent" with the legendary jazz fusionist.  

The roster of artists Bunny went on to record and perform with is practically a who's who of music industry giants. Notables include Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, Stanley Clarke, Larry Coryell, Al DiMeola, Mike Stern, Joe Farrell, and a list too numerous to mention here. Bunny was the musical director for the 2007 comeback tour for Michel Polnareff.

Besides his work as a performer, he is equally at home in the roles of composer, arranger, producer, and designer. As a soundtrack composer, Bunny collaborated with Clint Eastwood in creating the main theme, "Claudia's Theme," for the award-winning film, Unforgiven. He also worked on several TV shows, including the popular series Highlander. As a designer, Bunny created a line of electric bass guitars for Carvin and an electric upright bass.

Bunny has released eight wonderful solo albums: Touch, Ivanhoe, Momentum, Dedication, For You to Play, L.A. Zoo, and his latest, Cafe Au Lait. He has also produced and performed with the group CAB. They released CAB and the Grammy-nominated CAB 2, and CAB 4, with Tony MacAlpine, Brian Auger, Patrice Rushen, and Dennis Chambers, as well as CAB Live and the latest release, Theatre De Marionnettes, with Virgil Donati on drums and guest star Chick Corea. These projects highlights his beautiful compositions and melodic solos and show off breathtaking basslines.

Taking an active interest in helping bass players, Brunel regularly gives seminars on his unique approach to the instrument. He has written several books available through Mel Bay Publications, Hal Leonard Publications, and Backstreet Books Publications as well as three instructional videos.