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Like Us On Facebook - Brad Gunson

Maybe my most accessible, relevant, and abstractly complicated music video made in collaboration with many people including videographer Keston DeCoteau. Download the song: https://bradgunson.bandcamp.com/track/like-us-on-facebook-2 iTunes: Like Us On Facebook - Single by Brad Gunson https://itun.es/us/9X1Uab Like Us On Facebook Brad Gunson - Voice, Guitar, Trombone, Production, Mixing, Direction Keston DeCoteau - Videography, Photography, Editing, Direction Tom Harold - Drums Geoff Rorhbach - Keys Maeve Royce - Bass Ben Frock - Sound Recording Engineer, Trumpet John Ba

Puttin On The Ritz - Brad Gunson & The Recessionals Jazz Band

The band performs the swing era classic "Puttin on the Ritz" at Heartwood Sound Studios in Baltimore, MD.

Math - Brad Gunson (Video Song) Heavy Metal Arithmetic Tribute

When I was a child in elementary and middle school, I remember being frustrated trying to learn math in a packed public school classroom from soft spoken older women who would turn the lights off and turn an overhead projector on. As the room would heat up from the fan of the overhead projector and the adolescent tension, I would struggle to concentrate, stay awake, and drift off my own daydreams accompanied by a soundtrack of HEAVY METAL! I play all the instruments, mix, edit, and wrote this one in the style of Math rock. Metric modulations and sophomoric humor.

The Battle of the Bands - Brad Gunson

The first song off of the new album "Fast and Loose" by Brad Gunson, leader of Gunson Roses, about the sacred ritual of battling musical groups and striving for victory. Audio: Written, Produced, Electric Guitar, Vocals, by Brad Gunson Bass - Meave Royce Drums - Tom Harold Acoustic Guitar. Vocals - Matt Hutchison Recorded by Ben Frock at Heartwood Sound Studios Baltimore, MD Mixed at Epic Love Studios by Brad Gunson Baltimore, MD Mastered by John Baldwin Nashville, TN Video shot and edited by Keston De Coteau at Keystone Productions Baltimore, MD

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About Brad

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2017 Successful Artist Award Bio:  Brad Gunson is a musician, teacher, producer, bandleader, and satirist who leads several performing and recording bands, performs as an instrumentalist for others' working bands, promotes live events, teaches publicly and privately, and produces creative works. He received a high school diploma at Arundel Senior High School in Anne Arundel County, MD, a Bachelor in Music in Jazz and Commercial Music at Towson University in Baltimore, MD, and a Masters in... more

Gunson Roses

Gunson Roses is whatever Brad Gunson wants to do with the guitar, trombone, electronics, the camera, a projector, a computer, his voice, and his friends from telling jokes, to writing songs, to long exploratory improvisation, to rearranging his favorite popular songs, to performing the music of the Super Mario Brothers video games while audience members play the game on stage, to acting, to shooting music videos, to pouring syrup on pancakes. No style restrictions, no audience pandering, no rules about what can and shouldn't be done. Pure fun and indulgence. This is non-commercialism that rarely covers the cost of its own existence, but always inspires and challenges.

This project has produced several recordings including Gunson Roses (2009), Right Away (2010), Man Vs Band (2012), and Smothered and Covered (2014), Live at Joe Squared (2015), Fast and Loose (2016) and several upcoming albums, videos, and "other". The most recent projects include a short, surrealist, comedic, musical, documentary called "Baltimore By Storm" shot in June of 2016 (currently being edited) and a feature film adaptation of Homer's Odyssey and James Joyce's Ulysses, set in Baltimore (in place of Ithace, Greece) and throughout the United States.

  • Like Us On Facebook - Brad Gunson

    Maybe my most accessible, relevant, and abstractly complicated music video made in collaboration with many people including videographer Keston DeCoteau. Download the song: https://bradgunson.bandcamp.com/track/like-us-on-facebook-2 iTunes: Like Us On Facebook - Single by Brad Gunson https://itun.es/us/9X1Uab Like Us On Facebook Brad Gunson - Voice, Guitar, Trombone, Production, Mixing, Direction Keston DeCoteau - Videography, Photography, Editing, Direction Tom Harold - Drums Geoff Rorhbach - Keys Maeve Royce - Bass Ben Frock - Sound Recording Engineer, Trumpet John Ba
  • Gunson Roses

    A live show at Gallery 788 in Hampden, Baltimore performing as a trio with Maeve Royce and Tom Harold Photo by George Skepton
  • The Battle of the Bands - Brad Gunson

    The first song off of the new album "Fast and Loose" by Brad Gunson, leader of Gunson Roses, about the sacred ritual of battling musical groups and striving for victory. Audio: Written, Produced, Electric Guitar, Vocals, by Brad Gunson Bass - Meave Royce Drums - Tom Harold Acoustic Guitar. Vocals - Matt Hutchison Recorded by Ben Frock at Heartwood Sound Studios Baltimore, MD Mixed at Epic Love Studios by Brad Gunson Baltimore, MD Mastered by John Baldwin Nashville, TN Video shot and edited by Keston De Coteau at Keystone Productions Baltimore, MD
  • Enjoy the Silence

    a shred guitar cover of an electro pop hit by depeche mode from the album smothered and covered Recorded and Produced by Matt Hutchison and Brad Gunson Mixed by Brad Gunson Mastered by John Baldwin, Nashville, TN Photography by Matthew Mahlstedt Video by Daniela Milekovsky and Brad Gunson Matt Hutchison - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals Maeve Royce - Electric Bass Tom Harold - Drums Brad Gunson - Guitar, Vocals
  • Gunson Roses plays the music of Super Mario Brothers 1-3

    Several times, including Artscape 2014, Gunson Roses performed all the music from the first three Nintendo Entertainment System live as audience volunteers played the game on stage. This is a musical documentary including most of the music performed live at various Baltimore venues and some vintage arcade footage scored studio recordings.
  • Kashmir (live Led Zeppelin Cover)

    A month or so after moving to moving to NYC, I scored a gig at a coffee shop downtown and got this instrumental arrangement of one of the more unique Led Zeppelin songs on camera. Rough and Lo-Fi, but fun... Video by Rosalie Gunson Ray Mason - Trombone Aaron Rockers - Trumpet Takehiro Shimizu - Drums
  • Together (from the album Man Vs Band)

    This was the first song recorded for the album Man Vs Band with Tom Harold and Maeve Royce who have become the most regular players since the band came back from NYC. The tune is one of my most sincere as I'm attempting to take what should be a simple folk song, but is presented with a modulation in both meter and key and treated with extra modern rock improvisation. I spent a long time editing the video and discovered an interesting effect of layering with high contrast.
  • Family (from the album Man Vs Band)

    This is a comic song about family that was released the day same sex couples could legally marry in the state of Maryland. Musically it was a chance to use a vocoder, which synthesizes the guitar and the human voice for a sort of robot-like sound. Recorded in Greenwich Village, NYC... Rodrigo Recabarren - Drums Evan Crane - Bass Recorded by Crystal Kim Composition, Mixing, Video editing - Brad Gunson Mastered by John Baldwin
  • Gunson Roses at Lost City Diner, Baltimore, MD

    a promotional picture of the band from the album Smothered and Covered. We incorporated the photography of Baltimore native Matthew Mahlstedt into the videos of us performing in the recording studio and hanging at the diner. Matt Hutchison - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals Maeve Royce - Electric Bass Tom Harold - Drums Brad Gunson - Guitar, Vocals

The Recessionals Jazz Band

The Recessionals Jazz Band plays traditional jazz and New York Swing in the style of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Jack Teagarden, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Sidney Bechet, Louis Prima, Bobby Hackett, and other popular jazz musicians that performed in the first half of the 1900's. The band was born on the streets of New York City where they began and cut their teeth playing hot and sweet jazz for the big apple before moving beyond to audiences around the country. Their album, Go For Broke, showcases the band playing classics jazz standards, gospel hymms, and fresh tunes inspired by the greats.
The band has performed some hip places including The Blue Note in New York City and Boston Swing Central, were pictured in the New York Times playing at a secret Bastille Day party hosted at The Shanghai Mermaid, and have been earning fans playing many of the jazz clubs in downtown Manhattan and around the East Coast. A highlight included a performance at Louis Armstrong's House in Corona, Queens, NYC.

The Beautiful Mess

An exploration of the trombone in the context of jazz and other styles with musicians from New York City and Baltimore and beyond. The band features the trombone with different combinations of players and instruments in a casual improvisatory and compositional setting.

Jazz is messy. Life is messy. Both are beautiful. Why not play country songs on trombone? Why not write your own trombone songs? Why not cover Queen with Afro Cuban rhythms?

This band has released three recordings: The Beautiful Mess Sessions 1, 2, 3

several videos,

and was featured in the documentary "El Parque de los Prospectos" by Chilean director Eduardo Pavez-Goye about drummer Rodrigo Recabarren and the migration of musicians to New York City to play jazz. The band is heard at minute 2:00. Brad speaks and the band is featured at minute 23:30.

  • Prospect Park

    the documentary "El Parque de los Prospectos" by Chilean director Eduardo Pavez-Goye about drummer Rodrigo Recabarren and the migration of musicians to New York City to play jazz. The band is heard at minute 2:00. Brad speaks and the band is featured at minute 23:30.
  • Pennies From Heaven

    The old jazz standard played at nice burning tempo with silly improvised vocal introduction where an American tourist visits Paris and is invited in to the Moulin Rouge. An attempt to have fun with a tune that could be considered tired, but still offers something to jump off of. My editing and narrative video chops had developed a little bit more here too.
  • The Can Opener

    A weird name for a weird tune with 7/4 reggae like rhythm. Another fun live document...
  • Prelude to a Kiss

    The Duke Ellington classic performed in 7/8 at a Cafe in Brooklyn. trio... Lo-Fi...but a document of a time and place... spring 2010..
  • Don't Pretend

    Blues trombone Isamu McGregor - Organ John Bishop - Drums Nick Myers - Tenor Sax Brad Gunson -Trombone, Composition Recorded and Mixed by Robert Honablue, Brooklyn, NYC Mastered by John Baldwin
  • We are the Champions

    an organ quartet arrangement of the Queen classic in an afro cuban 6/8 meter Isamu McGregor - Hammond Organ John Bishop - Drums Nick Myers - Tenor Sax Brad Gunson -Trombone Recorded and Mixed by Robert Honablue, Brooklyn, NYC Mastered by John Baldwin
  • At Last

    a trombone arrangement of the Etta James classic At Last with a young quartet at an analog studio in Brooklyn Nick Myers - Alto Sax John Bishop - Drums Brad Gunson - Trombone Evan Crane - Bass Recorded and Mixed by Robert Honablue, Brooklyn, NYC Mastered by John Baldwin
  • sketch

    I was busking in Washington Square Park when an artist dropped this pencil sketch in our tip snare drum case. It is worth way more than the dirty one dollars bills we split that day. the artist is unknown, but he signed it...
  • Obligatory Jazz Musician holding instrument in NYC photo

    There is a legend that Miles Davis use to play with his back to the crowd. In this case, they had something else to look at. Photo by Eliot Caroom

The Big Gun Show

Original and arranged large ensemble music which features soloists, singers, and MCs.

five horns: trumpet, trombone, alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax
guitar, keys, bass, drums...

some of these are even bigger, 20 or so piece "jazz" orchestras

Several performances on NYC and Baltimore from spring of 2010 to August of 2015.

  • A picture in the City Paper

    Its not easy to get your picture in the paper for something good...
  • Morning Story

    Brad as a featured performer and composer at NYU
  • Cave For Rent

    Brad as a featured performer and composer at NYU
  • Your name in lights

    NYC/Baltimore musician Brad Gunson performs his song Your Name in Lights with his Rockestra live at Joe Squared in Baltimore on Sunday August 1st, 2010. This was the first song of the first night of the The Sunday Night Gun Show which for the month of August.
  • Don't Pretend

    NYC/Baltimore musician Brad Gunson performs his song Don't Pretend with his Orchestra live at Joe Squared in Baltimore on Sunday August 22nd, 2010.
  • The Big Gun Show at the Tea Lounge Friday October 22nd 9pm

    a commercial advertising a performance featuring raw clips of the Big Gun Show
  • live at Joe Squared

    a florescent hula dancer walked in a gave us a twirl... summer of 2011
  • The Big Gun Show Live at Joe Squared

    This was in August of 2015, the final show at the old location of Joe Squared on North Ave.

Solo Performance

I sometimes perform as a solo performer. Years ago, it began in the common format of acoustic guitar and voice.

In recent years I have been developing an improvised electronic format with electric guitar, analog and digital pedals, voice, and a touch screen tablet/computer. In this format I can cue various synthesizers, digital percussion, samples, synth bass, and more.

I also produce recordings in which I perform on various instruments. Good examples of this work are found on the 2009 recording "Surround Sounds" and the music videos for "Math" and "Rudy Kuti".

The full album of "Surround Sounds can be found here: https://bradgunson.bandcamp.com/album/surround-sounds

  • Math - Brad Gunson (Video Song) Heavy Metal Arithmetic Tribute

    When I was a child in elementary and middle school, I remember being frustrated trying to learn math in a packed public school classroom from soft spoken older women who would turn the lights off and turn an overhead projector on. As the room would heat up from the fan of the overhead projector and the adolescent tension, I would struggle to concentrate, stay awake, and drift off my own daydreams accompanied by a soundtrack of HEAVY METAL! I play all the instruments, mix, edit, and wrote this one in the style of Math rock. Metric modulations and sophomoric humor.
  • Like Us On Facebook (Solo & Live in Baltimore) - Brad Gunson

    This recent live performance features a song where the bass, percussion, and synthesizer line can be sounded independently and be place anywhere on a beat within a measure of common (4/4) time or within an eight bar phrase. It's also a funny joke about the internet.
  • Live at Saint Rocke (Los Angelos)

    For a few months of 2016, I moved to Los Angelos. My wife had a temporary job offer, so I quit my teaching job in Laurel, but set up another teaching job within the same company at another location. It was around the time of the deadline for the Baker Artists Awards deadline last year. Neither the new job or the Baker Artists Award proved to be a sure a lucrative chance, but I did end up experiencing the west for the first time and found a wealth of inspiration it its beauty. El Nino was inspired by the weather phenomenon which made our drive out west colder and snowier than expected.
  • Alone With The King - Brad Gunson (solo) live at Joe Squared in Baltimore

    An electric guitar feature inspired by the mountain of the Sierra Nevada and Kings Canyon National Park in California.
  • Surround Sound Music Video - Brad Gunson

    Official Music Video for the title track to the 2007 Brad Gunson album. This song was written in 2002 or 2003. I recorded all the instruments at my house in southern Baltimore sometime during the fall of 2006. Sometime during the spring/summer of 2007, Chris Bentley mixed and John Baldwin mastered the sound recording. It was released in August of that year to massive critical and popular acclaim. Fast-forward to June 2010 when I drove I from Nashville to Baltimore and remembered that I wanted to make a video for this song and shot during the trek across route 40 and up route 81.
  • Epic Love/Math - Live at The Ottobar in Baltimore, MD

    This is a live performance excerpt at The Ottobar in Baltimore, MD for show benefiting a local chef and business owner, Mama Saray, who was raising money to buy a food truck. Musically, I'm improvising both the guitar playing and the electronic arrangement, but the most exciting part of the music is the interplay between the touch screen synthesizer and the guitar which almost sound contrapuntal.
  • street performing

    with a tap dancer in New Orleans
  • Rudy Kuti (Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer)

    Brad Gunson performs an original arrangement of the classic tune, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, in a recording studio in Washington DC. Its sort of holiday dinner party with Johnny Marks, Fela Kuti, John Scofeild, and Brad Gunson. available as a free download at bradgunson.com and http://bradgunson.bandcamp.com/ Brad Gunson - Voice, Drums, Guitar, Trombone recorded by Jeff Baker and the students of the recording techniques class at the Art Institute of Washington. mastered by John Baldwin, Nashville, TN video recorded on an iPhone 4

Brad Calling Tom

The is a show where Brad calls Tom.

Tom Harold is my friend. I have known him for over twenty years. He also plays drums with me in several bands including Gunson Roses and The Big Gun Show.

We created several episodes together and I created a few where I leave him voicemail.

The whole project has been a great experiment learning technical and creative aspects of media and friendship.

You watch the show on You-Tube.

Photography

I have owned a cheap still camera and a cheap video camera, usually that someone past down to me, since I was a child. It was only a hobby and an aid to promotion and musical endeavors until this year when it changed. The change had a lot to do with leaving home, seeing the south and the west, and the increased study of cinema, photography, and videography.

Over the past year I took countless thousands of still photos. I have been amassing audio and video for years, but this is the first time in my life where I wanted to dig deeper into the technical aspects of composition, light, aperture, focal length, ISO, shutter speed, etc.

Here are some of my favorites from the past six months. I don't edit the pictures. I tried to pick some that had some emotional impact.

  • Bonobo Hello

    Bonobo Hello
    A Bonobo Ape raises his hand to his fellow man at the San Diego Zoo in California.
  • Lake Manzanita

    Lake Manzanita
    The composition in this one feels serene. This is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen. It is in Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA. I did not want to leave and hope to go back again.
  • Strong Woman In The Sky

    Sky Woman
    This is my wife. She is strong, smart, empathetic, and beautiful. She, in both the literal and figurative sense, creates and saves lives on a regular basis.
  • Sisters

    Sisters
    Sisters. A simple, yet loving portrait of two sisters in Portland, OR.
  • Dog and Trucks

    Dog and Trucks
    Dog and Trucks.
  • Friendly Goats

    Goats
    Goats being nice to each other in Boise, Idaho.
  • Teton Ascension

    Teton Ascension
    What the hell is going on up there? The clouds above that mountain are intense. Grand Teton National Park.
  • Girl at The Garden

    Girl at the garden
    A girl looks at the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • Sit and Spin!

    Boy Spinning on Playground
    A boy in Indiana spins on the playground, while a man in the background releases his inner child.
  • Buffalo Road

    Buffalo Road
    A buffalo walks on the road in Yellowstone National Park.

View From The Gig

This is a mock, debatably comedic twitter account and web series that gives "insight, advice, and selfies from the music industry".

I re-tweeted whenever someone takes a picture of their instrument sitting on a stage or of their computer when "working in the studio" or whenever someone posts "my office for the day".

The web series has four episodes which are completely shot and edited on an iphone.

Not exactly high art. I realized after a few weeks of doing it, that it was only an indication of my own insecurity as opposed to actually being funny. Also, very few people besides bitter musicians think making jokes about musicians is funny.

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