This week on Contrabass Conversations we bring you an interview with string teacher and double bassist Peter Tambroni. Peter has written a book titled An Introduction to Double Bass Playing, and he has many valuable ideas regarding double bass pedagogy. Arizona bassist Robert Matheson is also featured on this episode. Enjoy!
CBC #32 Show Notes
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Interview guest – Peter Tambroni
Book – An Introduction to Double Bass Playing – available at: http://www.lulu.com/tambroni
Between interview segments you will get the chance to hear Peter perform some highlights from various electric and acoustic bass selections.
I began playing the double bass at the age of 16 (after playing the clarinet since elementary school) when the director of my high school jazz ensemble asked if anyone would be interested in playing bass. After playing electric bass it was suggested that I learn the string bass and soon after I began orchestral studies. Within a year I knew I wanted to go into the field of music, and becoming a music teacher was the perfect choice for me. I received my Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the Crane School of Music in 1996.
After that I taught strings in the public schools for grades 4 – 12 in Northern New York and have been adjunct faculty for ‘cello and double bass at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. In 2000 I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign with a Master’s in Double Bass Performance, studying with Michael Cameron.
I am currently a string teacher in suburban Chicago where I teach string lessons in grades 3 – 8 and conduct the middle school concert and chamber orchestras. I also lead an Irish ensemble and a bass quartet.
I perform around the greater Chicago area with many orchestra and rock bands around the city. In 2000 I appeared on the Bozo Super Sunday Show to give a presentation and performance on the double bass. In the spring of 2003 I was the guest soloist for District 212 (playing the Vanhal concerto) and in spring of 2004 I performed at Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall with the Polish American Symphony Orchestra of Chicago.
I have attended classes with Michael Hovnanian of the Chicago Symphony, John Chiego, Hal Robinson of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Scott Haigh of the Cleveland Symphony, Stewart Arfman, and Erik Harris.
I have been published several in American String Teacher as well as websites around the world.
-Bass Musician Magazine launches! – our first feature for this publication featured double bassist Ranaan Meyer, who you heard on episode 28 of the podcast. For this bi-monthly magazine, we’ll be featuring artists who work in multiple styles of music, so expect to see one such artist in each magazine. Being featured in each issue of this publication is a really good thing for the podcast!
-New interactive podcast features
-New survey happening now over at doublebassblog.org about bassist experiences with various airlines
Musical Guest – Robert Matheson
Michael Lich, banjo & guitar
Robert Matheson, bass
Double Bassist, composer, Robert Matheson’s repertoire includes classical and jazz compositions, as well as original works influenced by classical, jazz, folk, and rock music. He also enjoys collaborating with visual artists, dancers, and musicians on improvisation projects. Past performances have taken Robert to Sonora, Mexico for Festival Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado; Sedona, Arizona for Chamber Music Sedona; and to Los Angeles, California for performances at the Roxy, and the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts. He has performed with the guitar duo, Toccata; the Latin jazz group, Hans and the Attachés; Blue Pacific Swing Band; as well as the Tucson and Bakersfield Symphony Orchestras. His radio performances have included Chamber Music Showcase on KUAT 90.5 FM and Locals Only on KXCI 91.3 FM. Robert has studied under Barry Green, David Young, and Patrick Neher. He has also participated in master classes with such distinguished bassists as, François Rabbath, Paul Ellison, and David Murray. Robert performs with the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra and Tucson Chamber Orchestra. He is a music artist in the Opening Minds Through the Arts (OMA) residency program. He also lectures and teaches double bass at the Academy of Music and Dance in Tucson.
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