Kenneth Munday enjoys an eclectic and varied career. He serves as principal bassoon with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, appointed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1976. He has collaborated as a soloist with all the subsequent music directors, performing concertos by Mozart and Vivaldi, as well as the world premiere of John Steinmetz’s Bassoon Concerto. He has performed Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis in full Elvis costume and improvised bassoon solos in Richard Todd’s ceLebrACıOn, a jazz-infused piece commissioned by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s for its 40th anniversary. Ken has toured with the Orchestra to South America, throughout the United States and, to great acclaim in 2008, to Italy, Germany, Austria, France and Spain.

He has recorded Richard Strauss’s Duet Concertino with David Shifrin for Nonesuch Records and received international acclaim for his performance of Luciano Berio’s 19-minute Sequenza XII for Naxos. The piece includes many extended techniques including various tonguing techniques; long, slow glissandi; multiphonics and double circular breathing. He has performed and recorded with Krzysztof Penderecki, serving as principal bassoon on the GRAMMY®-winning recording of Penderecki’s Credo with the Oregon Bach Festival, conducted by Helmuth Rilling. He has also performed and recorded on Classical and Baroque period bassoons with numerous early music ensembles, including Portland Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica and Santa Fe Pro Musica, as well as on Houston’s Context series with Sergiu Luca.

As a founding member of the Baroque ensemble Musical Offering, he has appeared throughout the United States and Canada. The ensemble recorded three CDs representing Vivaldi, Telemann and all of the notable Bachs for Nonesuch Records.

Working as principal bassoon for many composers, including Danny Elfman, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, John Debney, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Randy Newman, Joel McNeely, Alan Silvestri, Christopher Young, Miklós Rózsa, Trevor Rabin, Snuffy Walden, Hans Zimmer, Aaron Zigman and others, Ken has played on hundreds of film scores. He has participated in scoring workshops for film composition students from USC, ASCAP and BMI. His expertise in extended bassoon techniques has earned him respect among composers and wind players alike.

He has served on the faculties of CSUs Northridge and Fullerton, San Diego State University, UCLA and the University of Redlands. He has taught and performed chamber music at Idyllwild Arts Summer Program and founded the Strawberry Creek Music Festival.

Ken has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival for several summers, where he appeared as soloist with the Festival Orchestra conducted by legendary flutist Marcel Moyse. He has also performed at the Santa Fe Chamber Music and Oregon Bach festivals, Bach Akademie Stuttgart, Chamber Music Northwest and many others.

In addition to his duties with LACO, Ken has performed as principal bassoon at the Mainly Mozart Festival and with the LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony and orchestras of the American Ballet Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem, and Joffrey and Kirov ballets.

Ken is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts.


2012     Men in Black 3 [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Danny Elfman     Bassoon
2012     Snow White & the Huntsman         Bassoon
2012     The Amazing Spider-Man [Music from the Motion Picture]     James Horner     Bassoon
2011     Sucker Punch         Bassoon
2010     Music from Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore         Bassoon
2010     The Pacific [Original Score]     Blake Neely     Bassoon
2009     Couples Retreat     A.R. Rahman     Bassoon
2009     Public Enemies [Score]     Elliot Goldenthal     Bassoon
2009     Stronger with Each Tear     Mary J. Blige     Bassoon
2009     Watchmen [Original Motion Picture Score]     Tyler Bates     French Horn
2008     Hancock [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Powell     Bassoon
2008     Kit Kittredge: An American Girl         Bassoon
2008     Wanted [Original Score]     Danny Elfman     Bassoon
2006     Serenada Schizophrana     Danny Elfman     Bassoon
2005     Fantastic 4 [Original Motion Picture Score]     John Ottman     Bassoon
2005     King Kong [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Bassoon
2005     Meet the Fockers [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Randy Newman     Bassoon
2005     The Legend of Zorro [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Bassoon
2005     War of the Worlds [Music from the Motion Picture]         Bassoon
2004     Girls Gotta Dance!         Bassoon
2004     I, Robot [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Marco Beltrami     Bassoon
2004     Spider-Man 2 [Original Motion Picture Score]         Bassoon
2004     The Village (Original Score)     James Newton Howard     Bassoon
2003     Dreamcatcher [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Bassoon
2003     Identity [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Alan Silvestri     Bassoon
2003     Jeepers Creepers 2 [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Bassoon
2003     Peter Pan [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     James Newton Howard     Bassoon
2003     Scary Movie 3         Bassoon
2003     Tears of the Sun [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Hans Zimmer     Bassoon
2003     Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Bassoon
2003     The Hunted [Music from the Motion Picture]     Brian Tyler     Bassoon
2003     The Rundown [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Bassoon
2003     Under the Tuscan Sun (Original Score)     Christophe Beck     Bassoon
2002     Panic Room [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Howard Shore     Bassoon
2002     Star Trek: Nemesis [Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Bassoon
2002     The Tuxedo [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Debney     Bassoon
2002     XXX [Original Motion Picture Score]     Randy Edelman     Bassoon
2001     Black Knight [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Randy Edelman     Bassoon
2001     Evolution [Original Score]     John Powell     Bassoon
2001     The Glass House [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Bassoon
2001     The Princess Diaries [Original Score]     John Debney     Bassoon
1999     The Thin Red Line     Hans Zimmer     Bassoon
1997     Conspiracy Theory     Carter Burwell     Bassoon
1994     I'll Do Anything [Original Soundtrack]     Hans Zimmer     Bassoon
1985     The Color Purple [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Bassoon
    Human Target: Season 1     Bear McCreary     Bassoon
    The Tale of Despereaux [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Bassoon


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