pete brunelli / fuchsprellen
Pete Brunelli is a bass player from New Haven, CT.
With Doot!, Pete has performed at the Zappanale festival twice. A first time in 2006 with André Cholmondeley on guitar, and a second time in 2009 with a very special line-up: Pete Brunelli on bass, Stephen Chillemi on drums and percussion, Michel Delville on guitar, Ivan Leirvik on guitar, Annemarieke Schoonderwaldt on violin and guest Bas Langereis on vocals.
The picture on the right shows Pete with Acid Mothers Temple
frontman Kawabata Makoto, backstage at the Zappanale festival in
In 2010, Pete Brunelli recorded an album with the Mayhem Circus Electric, an ensemble that evolved out of the New Haven Improvisers Collective.
August 2011, Pete was invited and participated to the Rochefort-En-Accords festival in France, paying tribute to the music of Captain Beefheart.
(2005, cdr-promo, usa, private release)
out of the basement
(2005, cdr-promo, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release) - incl. 'help i'm a rock' (frank zappa) & 'click clack' (don van vliet)
live @ mattatuck museum
(2006, cdr-promo, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release) - incl. 'filthy habits', 'gumbo variations', 'pound for a brown dwarf nebula' (f.zappa)
live at brass city records
(2006, cdr-promo, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release) - incl. 'filthy habits' (frank zappa)
(2006, cdr, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release) - incl. various frank zappa & jimi hendix themes
live at zappanale 17
(2006, cdr-promo, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release) - incl. 'chunga's revenge', 'filthy habits', 'pink / black napkins' (frank zappa)
|doot!: live at the space
(2006, cdr-promo, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release)
(2006, 2cd, ger, arf society) - incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions
artists: zappanale 17 -
(2006, dvd, ger, the arf society) - feat. various artists playing frank zappa compositions
|doot!: basement lounge omniverse trio
(2007, cdr-promo, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release)
|doot!: secret session
(2007, cdr-promo, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release)
(2007, cdr-promo, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release) - incl. 'filthy habitz', 'pink / black napkins' (frank zappa)
zappanale # 17
(2007, cd, ger, arf society) - incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions
20 extraordinary renditions
(2008, cd, uk, cordelia records) - all compositions by frank zappa
(2009, mp3-dvd, ger, arf society) - incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions
|various artists: 21 burnt weeny sandwiches
(2010, cd, uk, cordelia records) - all compositions by frank zappa
(2010, cd, usa, nhic records) - feat. pete brunelli
(2014, cd, uk, cordelia) - all compositions by frank zappa
|various artists: weasels re-ripped
(2015, cd, uk, cordelia records cd062) - feat. various artists performing the music of frank zappa
artists: sons of mr.
(2016, cd, uk, cordelia records cd071) – all different performances of frank zappa's 'mr. green genes'
2011 08 - A SHORT CHAT WITH PETE BRUNELLI
Pete Brunelli entered my musical world as the bass player of Doctor Dark, performing the music of Captain Beefhart & The Magic Band. Later, together with Steve Chillemi, he founded Doot!, a duo that was the basis of various musical project. At different moments in space and time, Doot! included Nate Trier, André Cholmondeley, Michel Delville, Killissa Cissoko and Eugene Chadbourne, to name just a few. More recently, Pete has been performing and recording with The Mayhem Circus Electric, an improvisational collective from around New Haven, CT.
After a couple of memorable performances at Zappanale, Pete Brunelli has now been asked to join the impressive line-up for the Rochfort-En-Accords festival that will be held in France from August 25 - 27, 2011. Time for a short chat.
UniMuta : Hi
Pete, I heard that you will be flying to France to participate in the Rochefort-en-Accords
festival. You'll be replacing Roy Estrada who won't be able to make it. How did
this come about?
Brunelli : Yes, the travel plans are set and I will be heading over to
France for the Rochefort-en-Accords festival.
The more I learn about the fest, the more I think I am going to enjoy it
very much. I can't say that I am
replacing Roy at anything. After
seeing him at Zappanale 20, and how solid he sounded, I am just hanging on for
dear life. The request came through
Christopher Garcia, drummer for the Grande Mothers and lots of other great
projects. I have met him a few
times and somehow my name came up when Napoleon Murphy Brock started looking for
a bass player for this gig. My
experience with Doctor Dark was good preparation for this, but many of the tunes
I have seen on setlists for Rochefort are not in the Doctor Dark repertoire, so
all I have is those practice habits and a few more years of experience under my
UniMuta : As
I understood from Philippe Thieyre, there's a timetable that lists artists at a
certain venue, but the goal is to have artists collaborating with each other to
find unique combinations. And then there's also the Beefheart tribute on
Saturday evening, and the Hommage aux Demoiselles on Saturday afternoon.
Brunelli : That is the way I understand the format.
I think there will be more structure, at least on my end, as we get
closer to the actual dates. I have
been asked to play on a few other sets, and am currently trying to keep the
workload manageable. As much as I
don't like saying "no", I also don't like saying "I forgot how to
play the parts on your songs because my brain just exploded"...
So I will be focusing on Beefheart material, and it looks like I will be
playing with Moris Tepper on a few things.
Also, I own a harmonica and am not afraid to use it!
UniMuta : Can
you elaborate a bit on what
is expected from you, who you will be playing with, & what material?
Brunelli : I know that I am expected to be there and be prepared. My job now is to keep working, and try and get an idea of the
scope of what I need to be up to speed on.
Some pieces are very straightforward, but some are really tricky if you
are going to nail the parts. Plus,
and I know this from experience, this is a huge leap of faith that the groups
can make it work. Luckily, I have a
lot of faith in things working out. As
for the Beefheart material, I have an idea of what is on tap, and Nicolas Mignot
has been great at communicating with me. The
set lists seem loaded toward the later albums, which is good considering the
headliners. Also, it was just
pointed out to me that I might be the only "unattached" bass player at
Rochefort... no pressure! I think,
hope, there will be some sharing of the workload... please...
UniMuta : The list of participating artists is quite incredible. I hope that you will be keeping some sort of a diary. It sure looks like it will be great.
UniMuta : Sounds
Brunelli : Thanks, Peter. Have
a great time at Zappanale 22 and be sure to tip back a Rostocker for me!