Bruce Dunlap began playing guitar at the ripe age of three. Coming from a family of classical musicians, he moved quickly in the opposite musical direction. At thirteen he entered the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan where he studied jazz music theory and composition, and taught jazz guitar for four years. Upon graduating, Bruce moved to Detroit and over the next three years played in the Detroit area and toured Europe several times in solo and group contexts. At age twenty, Bruce moved to New York City and began to tour and record with such diverse musicians as Bob James, Mel Lewis, Airto, Earl Klugh, Harvey Mason, Bob Brookmeyer and the American Symphony Orchestra.
At this time, Bruce was active as a composer, writing music for ABC Television (All My Children, One Life To Live, Ryan's Hope etc.) and for several dance companies in New York. The New York Times called Bruce's solo performances "evocative" and "spellbinding." In New York, Bruce performed in a variety of situations ranging from Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, to the Village Vanguard and Seventh Avenue South. In 1983 he was a featured soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles.
In 1984 Bruce moved to Santa Fe to be in surroundings that were more conducive to his musical and spiritual growth. While continuing to be involved with the New York scene, he began to evolve a very personal way of playing the acoustic guitar, much influenced by his new environment. His house, tucked away in a forested canyon outside of Santa Fe is populated (overrun?) by guitars of every description, his favorites being his nylon six, seven and ten strings. He has developed a pianistic concept on the guitar in his solo and group performances.
1990 saw the release of Bruce's critically acclaimed trio record Los Animales (Stratus). In 1991 Bruce signed with Chesky Records and recorded the audiophile release About Home. Full of orchestral harmonies and jazz virtuosity, this album is a very unique take on the acoustic guitar.
Bruce is currently performing with his group, featuring Jamie Haddad, Billy Drewes, and Dan Kolton, and remains in great demand as a solo guitarist.