Mike Brun is a musical chameleon known for the wide range of his projects. His unique skillset and eagerness to collaborate has led to a kaleidoscopic young career, with work taking him everywhere from off-broadway stages to dusty DIY spaces, from cozy coffeehouses to 10,000-seat arenas.
(photo by Jacob Blumberg)
Recent theater credits include: music director/onstage musician for Mr. Burns (Playwrights Horizons, 2013); onstage musician for The Tempest (American Repertory Theater, 2014); and co-arranger/onstage musician for Old Hats (American Conservatory Theater, 2014). See résumé for more.
In addition to performance, direction, and arrangement, Brun is also a composer for theater. He is Lead Composer of Folk Wandering (play by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Andrew Neisler), an American celebration of the untold grief that moves us forward. Since it’s inception in late 2011, Folk Wandering has sold out venues around New York such as Joe’s Pub, Soho Repertory, and Ars Nova. Brun is Co-Composer of Gray Man (play by Andrew Farmer, directed by Andrew Neisler), which tells the chilling story of a haunted young man named Simon, trying to escape the tenement squalor of turn-of-the-century Manhattan. Gray Man will be the Main Stage Production for the 2015 season of Pipeline Theater Company, with a Halloween-time run at Soho Repertory Theater’s Walker Space. He is currently developing a new show with frequent collaborators Jaclyn Backhaus and Andrew Neisler called Bull’s Hollow, an intimate portrait of what it takes to survive in the world, when your world is inside a whale. He is currently a member of the Civilians Research & Development Group with Backhaus and Neisler as they work on Bull’s Hollow.
(photo by Doug Seymour)
(photo by Bill Hughes)
Brun is a go-to sideman for versatility and thoughtful arrangement. Among many acts, he most notably plays for Shaina Taub, Kate Davis, and Jacob Snider. See the discography for other selected credits. As a member of the Shaina Taub Trio, he also directed and edited the three in-studio music videos of their 2013 three-track release.
A singer-songwriter himself, Brun has established a brand of catchy, intelligent music. His most recent album, little blues, is full of “harmonic warmth” and “lyrical intimacy” (Candid Music Group). Live shows feature captivating performances from Brun and his Caravan, a rotating cast of world-class musicians. He is an alum of the 2014 Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriting Project.
Mike is available for writing, arranging, studio work, music directing, and live performance. All inquiries here.
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