Here’s another video of double bassist Dean Ferrell performing a set of assorted pieces from the 2009 International Society of Bassists Convention. Check out Dean’s Captain Tobias performance from 2007 or Ode to Per Questa from this year’s convention for more content from this excellent and multifaceted musician.
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Double bassist Dean Ferrell is a performer that you’ve got to see to believe. Putting a label on what Dean does in simply impossible–the best I can do is to call his performances historically informed alternate tuning performance art.
Dean did an hour-long performance at the 2007 ISB Convention featuring music from Captain Tobias Hume. This year’s performance is titled “Ode to Per Questa.” Enough said–check it out (approx. 45 minutes):
I have another half-dozen or so videos of Dean that I recorded on another occasion during this past convention, and I’ll be putting them out over the next few weeks as well.
The amazing bassist Dean Ferrell will be doing a solo bass performance in Berlin on Tuesday, November 6th, and any bassists , students, teachers, and fans of amazing double bass performance art should consider attending if they can make it.
We blogged an hour-long video of Dean Ferrell performing as Captain Tobias Hume (footage from the most recent International Society of Bassists convention) a couple of weeks ago, but this item is just too amazing to leave in the archives. If you haven’t checked this video out, take a few minutes and see what you think–you’ll probably end up watching most or all of it!
I’ve been in touch with Dean, and hopefully we’ll be doing some blog/podcast collaborations in the very near future, so stay tuned!
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This video defies description. It is an hour long double bass performance/speech/dramatization featuring double bassist Dean Ferrell as Captain Tobias. This is a one person show of epic proportions–strange, compelling, and totally hilarious.
Dean Ferrell went to school at Juilliard with Greg Sarchet, studying with David Walter, and also working with Bert Turetzky. Ausberto Acavedo (who was at the last International Society of Bassists convention representing the podcast) recently saw him in concert–I hope that I get to check him out live sometime soon as well!
If you’d like to download a copy of this (and who wouldn’t?), just visit the Google Video page for Dean’s video.
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This June 2012 (6/12), we’re sharing links to our favorite performances of Mozart’s “Per Questa Bella Mano,” K.612:
This performance of Per Questa by leading Bottesini scholar Tom Martin may be the one recording taken from that composer’s personal transcription of the solo part. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsJCrCfx63E
Here’s a beautiful Per Questa as performed by Volkan Orhon, professor of double bass at the University of Iowa. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWfbX3Nkbn4
Dean Ferrell provides his own words as he both sings and plays (Mozart is in the next room with Herr Pickelberger’s daughter in this version. “An innocent cup of tea, that’s all it better be.”) www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIe5-8UN08E
As performed at the 2011 ISB convention by San Francisco Symphony assistant principal bass Stephen Tramontozzi and basso Andrea Silvestrelli, who popped in from the San Francisco Opera’s production of Das Rheingold, where was appearing as, what else, a giant! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB1CXZjXuvs