Michael Cameron and Larry Gray (University of Illinois bass faculty) will be performing a master class and workshop in the Libertyville, Illinois area on Monday, October 22nd, around 10 a.m. If you’re in the metro Chicago area, come and check it out! More specific time and location details will be coming soon, but here is a map of Libertyville, Illinois to orient yourself (click it to get more detailed information).
Michael Cameron is also starting a double bass publishing company. He writes:
I’ve started a very ambitious publishing company after many years of preparation. Only about half of these are in print now, but all should be ready to go within a year. Here’s my first BassScores Editions web site. Soon it will include a shopping basket, and will also soon be linked to my domain name, www.BassScores.com
I’ll also let folks know when more details about this project become available, but check out the above links to see what Michael’s got to offer at the moment.
About Michael Cameron:
Michael Cameron is a renowned performer who has premiered dozens of works for bass, including pieces by Ben Johnston, Violeta Dinescu, Yehuda Yannay, Herbert Brun, Erik Lund, Andrew Simpson. He has also performed a number of American premieres by such composers as Sofia Gubaidulina, Kaija Saariaho, and Gyorgy Kurtag. “Michael Cameron has a growing reputation as one of the most promising of the world’s young bassists in both traditional and contemporary repertoire,” writes the Strad (London). His 1996 recording, Progression, on the Zuma label includes works by Bach, Hindemith, Johnston, Segall, and Shostakovich. The Strad wrote, “Cameron performs with panache and flair … all these pieces are dispatched with chameleon-like facility of style and understanding.” His disc Basso Solo includes unaccompanied works of Bach, Donatoni, Berio, Perle, Morton, and Thelonius Monk. “A fascinating recital for the serious listener …” wrote the American Record Guide. He has also recorded three discs of works by Anthony Braxton and Guillermo Gregorio for the Hat Art label. Mode records will soon release a disc of works by Xenakis featuring Professor Cameron as both bassist and conductor.
About Larry Gray:
Bassist Larry Gray demonstrates an impressive versatility and an uncommon musical curiosity. Originally a jazz guitarist, Larry switched to the double bass and quickly developed a reputation as a first-call sideman. Within a short time, he began to work at Chicago’s premier jazz club, the Jazz Showcase, where he appeared with increasing frequency, often with drummer Wilbur Campbell and pianist Willie Pickens.
Throughout the years he has worked with such jazz legends as George Coleman, Lee Konitz, Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Fortune, Ira Sullivan, Junior Mance, David "Fathead" Newman, Charles McPherson, Antonio Hart, Benny Golson, Jackie McLean, Sonny Stitt, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Al Cohn, Eddie Harris and Les McCann. In addition, he has collaborated with guitarists Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass, and Tal Farlow, as well as the drummers Ed Thigpen and Jack DeJohnette, and trumpeters Donald Byrd and Harry "Sweets" Edison, among others.