Last week I had the opportunity to do an interview with University of Washington bass professor Barry Lieberman. The former Assistant Principal Bass of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Principal Bass of the Winnipeg Symphony, Barry now serves as co-director of The American String Project, an innovative string ensemble which we will be featuring in the coming weeks on Contrabass Conversations along with Barry’s interview.
Barr also runs a series at the University of Washington called “Barry Lieberman and Friends,” which showcases prominent double bass figures from around the globe. In 2007, Barry featured Gary Karr in a very interesting interview and performance. This interview (conducted in front of a rapt live audience) was innovative in a number of ways–in addition to reminiscing with Gary about a life spent as the world’s most iconic double bassist, Barry played many of Gary’s recordings, prompting some very engaging discussions, and Gary performed several selections with pianist Harmon Lewis for the gathered crowd.
This is a meticulously crafted video which is a real tribute to this great artist, and it is a great example of the vibrancy that Barry’s activities bring to the Seattle double bass scene. In addition to being a world-class city with a bevy of cultural activities (I absolutely adore the Pacific Northwest), this video demonstrates that, though Gary Karr may claim to be retired, he sure seems to be as in love with music, life, and the double bass as he ever was.
We’ll release the video of this program on Saturday, July 26th at doublebassblog.org and contrabassconversations.com, and we’ll be featuring the first segment of our interview with Barry the following week, so stay tuned for this engaging video and be sure to subscribe to Contrabass Conversations to get all of our audio and video programs downloaded automatically for free!