Here is this week’s Contrabass Conversations episode! This episode features an interview with double bassist Greg Sarchet (pictured here with Flea). Greg is a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra and the double bass instructor at Northeastern Illinois University. You’ll hear Greg playing with the Vienna Waltz Ensemble, and at the end of the episode we will feature a track from double bassist Catalin Rotaru. Enjoy!
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Interview with Greg Sarchet
Greg Sarchet considers himself fortunate to have had an array of musical experiences and training, from studying with his first teacher, jazz luminary Rufus Reid, to receiving degrees from the Juilliard School (where he was a student of Michael Morgan), to hundreds of television/radio commercial recordings. His strong interest in researching the double bass and ongoing international exchange efforts were recognized by a 1996 Chicago Artists International Program award which sent him to the
Since 1986, he has been a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra. Additionally, he frequently serves as Principal Bass with Chicago Opera Theater and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. He maintains a limited private studio for high school and adult pupils.
Briefly, his musical foundation was laid by his first double bass teachers, Rufus Reid and Todd Coolman. The musical values and priorities they, among others, instilled in him have led him to a wide variety of professional opportunities ranging from recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, Smashing Pumpkins, and hundreds of television and radio commercials.
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Music from Catalin Rotaru
Catalin Rotaru, double bass, joined the
Street Release: Mar 13, 2007
Download “Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in E Minor, Op. 38” (mp3)
from “Bass*ic Cello Notes”
by Catalin Rotaru
We’ll wrap up today with a song from Mark Gunn called Wild Kitty from his album “Irish Drinking Songs for Cats”.