This week’s Contrabass Conversations Episode features the second part of our interview with double bassist Brad Opland. Last time we heard from Brad (on episode 37), we talked about his experiences in the Minnesota Orchestra and Chicago Symphony, plus some of the most memorable highlights from Brad’s performing career. This episode we discuss Brad’s experiences performing with the Berlin Philharmonic plus performing with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and some general advice for bassists.
CBC #48: Show Notes
Release Date: 11/18/07
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Brad Opland began his musical studies early and by age ten knew he wanted a career in a symphony orchestra. After graduating from high school a year early, he moved to Philadelphia to continue his musical studies at The Curtis Institute of Music. One year later, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski appointed Mr. Opland to the bass section of the Minnesota Orchestra at the age of eighteen, one of the youngest musicians ever hired. Mr. Opland stayed in Minnesota through the Neville Mariner years, moving to Chicago in 1984 after Maestro Solti offered him a position in the Chicago Symphony. Mr. Opland has been a member of The Chicago Chamber Musicians since 1992.
Musical Guest: Tyler Abbott and the Toby Koenigsberg Trio
My Foolish Heart & Variant Strain
from Sense – available from Origin Records
learn more about the trio here
Tyler Abbott is a member of the Eugene Symphony and the Eugene Opera Orchestra, and also performs with the Spokane Symphony, Oregon Festival of American Music’s American Symphonietta, the OSU/Corvallis Symphony, and other groups in the region. He has performed and/or recorded with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Washington East Opera, Walla Walla Symphony, Mid-Columbia Symphony, Eastern Oregon Symphony, North Bay (San Francisco) Symphony Orchestra, Whitman College Orchestra, and others.
Abbott’s teaching experience includes serving as Visiting Instructor of Music Theory at Walla Walla College, where he taught undergraduate courses in Form and Analysis, second-year Music Theory, Counterpoint, Aural Skills, Instrumentation, and applied lessons in double bass. During that time, he served as director of Con Brio, a string orchestra at Rogers Elementary School in College
Place, Washington. At the UO he was a GTF in the string department, as well as in the composition department, where he served as co-director of Hundredth Monkey, a student-run contemporary music ensemble. He continues to maintain a private teaching studio in Eugene.
As a jazz bassist, Abbott has performed with some of the Northwest’s finest players, including Randy Porter, Tom Grant, Nancy King, George Mitchell, Arnie Caruthers, grammy-award winner Howard Levy, Warren Rand, John Stowell, and others. He is the bass player for the Lily Wilde Jumpin’ Jubillee Orchestra, her Swingin’ Boyfriends, and has been heard on KMHD 89.1 “Home Grown Jazz”.
Abbott has studied double bass with Roma Vayspapir, Don Hermanns, Dave Captein, Ken Baldwin, Curtis Daily, and Eugene Jablonsky.
Music Provided by:
- Eric Hochberg – www.erichochberg.com
- Toby Koenigsberg Trio – www.tobykoenigsberg.com
- Sean Hayes
from “Big Change: Songs for FINCA”
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“Your Party” (mp3)
from “La Cucaracha”
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- Andy Anderson episodes
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- John Grillo episodes
- Lawrence Hurst episodes
- Kathryn Nettleman episodes
- Francois Rabbath episodes
- Guy Tuneh episodes