Bruce Arnold (born July 31, 1955 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA) is an American jazz guitarist, composer, educator and author residing in New York City. His explorations into the applications of 20th century classical theory in contemporary forms such as rock and jazz has created a unique compositional and improvisational sound. As a guest artist Arnold has toured Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Russia and the United States.
His performance and recording activities include work with a wide array of styles. He has played with such diverse musicians as Stuart Hamm, Peter Erskine, Joe Pass, Joe Lovano, Lenny Pickett, Randy Brecker, Stanley Clarke, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Absolute Ensemble under the baton of Kristjan Järvi.
Bruce Arnold's recording credits include over twenty five CDs and DVDs (on Muse-eek Records, MelBay Recordings, Truefire and other labels), ranging from the standard jazz repertoire to free improvisation to the reinterpretations of classical music with the ensemble Spooky Actions. His compositions are published by Muse Eek Publishing and MelBay Productions.
Mr. Arnold's theoretical works have explored the use of Pitch Class Set Theory within an improvisational setting. He has also written more than 60 music instruction books covering Guitar Pedagogy, Ear Training and Time Studies. He is the director of Guitar Studies at New York University and Princeton University as well as the creator of the New York University Summer Guitar Intensive. He has taught at the New England Conservatory, Dartmouth College, Berklee College of Music, New School University, and City College of New York.
Mr. Arnold moved to New York City in 1988 where he became an active member of the jazz community, producing many recordings as a sideman and leader. He is one of the few electric guitarists in the world to utilize the computer program SuperCollider in both his compositions and improvisations.
His recordings as a leader include:
- 1994 Blue Eleven MMC Recordings
- 1998 A Few Dozen Muse-eek Recordings
- 2001 Give em' Some Muse-eek Recordings
- 2004 Duets with Olivier Ker Ourio Muse-eek Recordings
- 2007 Blue Lotus Bruce Arnold Trio
- 2009 Multiplicity Bruce Arnold Trio
- 2010 Art of the Blues Bruce Arnold Trio
- 2010 Heavy Mental Bruce Arnold Trio
His recordings as a sideman include:
- 2002 Spooky Actions: Music of Anton Webern for Jazz Quartet
- 2003 Spooky Actions: Songs of the Nations
- 2004 Spooky Actions: Early Music
- 2005 Spooky Actions: Olivier Messiaen Quartet for the end of Time
- 2007 Spooky Actions: plays Arnold Schoenberg Five Piano Pieces Op.23
Mr. Arnold received a BM from Berklee College of Music in 1980.
- Princeton University in 1989,
- New York University in 1989,
- New School University, 2002,
- City College of New York. 2003
- In 2005 Mr. Arnold became director of the New York University Summer Guitar Intensive, a program focusing on advanced improvisational skills.
Mr. Arnold is the author of more than 50 music instruction texts devoted to crucial aspects of guitar technique, music theory, ear training, time, sight reading, and the overall mastery of high-level performance skills. These books are published by Muse eek Publishing Company.
- http://www.muse-eek.com Muse-Eek Publishing New York, N.Y.