Here is the second part of our interview with John Grillo on Contrabass Conversations. John and I had an excellent interview, and there will be one more episode containing our episode coming out in March.
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Jason is joined by new co-host Courtney Lawhn for this episode of Contrabass Conversations. Courtney is a harpist, but don’t hold that against her–she has a lot of experience with the bass and does a great job on the show. You can find Courtney’s website at www.chicago-harpist.com.
We will start this episode with Schgweik Farht, one of the movements from David Anderson’s seven double bass duets. You will also hear the Bach Gigue from the third cello suite and the second movement of the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata.
John will be assisted by Peter Guild- Double Bass(member Pittsburgh Symphony) on the Anderson duets and by pianist Alaine Fink on the Schubert.
In this second part of our interview with John Grillo, Jason and John discuss the gear John plays on, his thoughts on French and German bow, his experiences in the opera pit, and his experiences with freelancing. John also offers advice to music school students on how to establish a freelance career in various metropolitan areas.
Look for the conclusion of this interview in a March episode of Contrabass Conversations.
To hear the rest of the Schubert, Bach, and Anderson pieces, check out John’s complete recital at contrabassconversations.com. His recital is the first installment for Recital Showcase #1, and you can find it at either that website or at doublebassblog.com.
Jason and Courtney conclude the episode with a discussion about their experiences performing the Schubert, and the new Contrabass Conversations MySpace page, which can be found at myspace.com/cbcpodcast.