Brian Dunning (flautist)

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Brian Dunning (born January 1969) is an Irish flautist and composer,[1][2] largely known for being a member of the Celtic band Nightnoise.[3] He had both Celtic and jazz influences early on. He studied jazz and classical music, and is a former student of James Galway.[4] He studied at the Berklee College of Music in 1977.[5]

Dunning played the flute and panpipe in Puck Fair, a primarily instrumental "Irish jazz" group formed in New York in 1984 that played traditional Irish songs and original compositions.[4][6] They released the album Fairplay on the Lost Lake Arts/Windham Hill label in 1987, with Dunning on flute and drummer Tommy Hayes on bodhran, joined by various musicians including Mícheál Ó Domhnaill.[7][8] The group was later reformed in Dublin with Dunning, guitarist Sean Whelan, and percussionist Robbie Harris, releasing the album Forgotten Carnival on their own label in 2008.[9]

Dunning has also collaborated with keyboardist Jeff Johnson since the late 1980s, recording several albums together, including The Music of Celtic Legends – the Bard and the Warrior (1997), Byzantium (2000), and Patrick (2004).[10][11]

He can be heard on the soundtrack to Gangs of New York, Windhorse, and The Outcasts.[12][13]

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  1. ^ "Brian Dunning". Self-published on LinkedIn. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (August 19, 1999). "Footlights". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Harris, Craig. "Nightnoise". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Holden, Stephen (27 June 1986). "Pop/jazz; Irish music and dance in a 9-hour celebration". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ World Music Central
  6. ^ Shepard, Richard F. (16 September 1985). "Going out guide". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Flaggert, Robert (29 September 1987). "Puck Fair". The Michigan Daily. 
  8. ^ "Puck Fair". 95.1 WAPE. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Schilder, Eelco (March 2009). "Brian Dunning’s Puck Fair "Forgotten Carnival"". FolkWorld (38). 
  10. ^ Dunphy, John P. "Jeff Johnson and Brian Dunning : Sons of Light". Music Tap. 
  11. ^ Dunphy, John P. (6 October 2003). "Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning: Patrick". Music Tap. 
  12. ^ Ark Music
  13. ^ All Movie Guide. "Brian Dunning". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 June 2014.