We released a Contrabass Conversations episode this past weekend featuring the Bad Boyz of Bass (Anthony Stoops, Volkan Orhon, Paul Sharpe, and David Murray). Check out episode 71 of the podcast to hear these guys chat about the group and perform some selections, and be sure to subscribe to Contrabass Conversations (click here for iTunes and here for all other methods, including e-mail subscriptions) if you haven’t done so yet.
We’ll be wrapping up our chat with Barrie Kolstein on this week’s episode. Barrie was featured on episode 70 of the podcast. Barrie shared his insight on double bass humidification and discussed the history of the Kolstein business in great detail as well as relating his experiences studying witht he great pedagogue Frederick Zimmerman.
Podcast co-host John Grillo and I are also interviewing Michigan State University bass professor Jack Budrow this week for the podcast. Jack is an extremely well-regarded double bass professor with a great deal of professional orchestra experience, and his students have landed positions in orchestras across the globe.
About Jack Budrow:
Jack Budrow is professor of music and co-chair of the string area at the Michigan State University College of Music.
He has enjoyed a long and varied career in double bass performance and teaching. Budrow has been a member of the Houston Symphony, and principal bass of the North Carolina Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, and the American National Opera orchestras. A well-known teacher, Budrow’s students play in many of America’s symphony orchestras, including Cincinnati, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Charleston, San Antonio, the Michigan Opera, and the Army Band. Internationally, he has placed students in the Oslo Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Munich Radio Orchestra, and the Caracas Symphony.
Each summer, Budrow teaches at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Indiana University. He serves on the board of directors of the International Society of Double Bassists, and was a judge for their most recent International Solo Bass Competition. Budrow has presented master classes throughout the United States, including the Cleveland Institute, Florida State University, University of Houston, Indiana University, University of Michigan, Peabody Conservatory, and University of Texas. In addition, he served as the bass section coach at the National Orchestral Institute and New World Symphony. Budrow received his B.M. from Bowling Green State University.