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CBC 208: Guy Tuneh on transcriptions, live performance, and musical curiosity 13

Soloist and chamber musician Guy Tuneh returns to the podcast

Soloist and chamber musician Guy Tuneh returns to the podcast

Today’s episode features soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist Guy Tuneh.  Guy was on the podcast way back in 2007, and a lot has changed for him in the intervening years.  His previous interview was one of our most popular episodes of all time, and in this talk we go even deeper, digging into why Guy makes music, how he approaches every single note he plays, and what motivates him to search out new repertoire and bring it to the double bass.

Guy has been working on several new recording projects, and we feature two of them today.  We are including an excerpt from Beethoven’s Romance in G Major before the interview, and we close out the episode with a complete track of Guy performing Bach’s Allemande from the Violin Partita in D minor.

You can learn about Guy’s upcoming solo appearances, recordings, and other details at his website guytuneh.com and on his Facebook page.  We also have a video version of this episode on YouTube.  Enjoy!


CBC 207: Claus Freudenstein on heavy metal, minibasses, and arranging

International Society of Bassists board member Claus Freudenstein is pushing boundaries and creating innovative projects in the world of the double bass

International Society of Bassists board member Claus Freudenstein is pushing boundaries and creating innovative projects in the world of the double bass

Today we’re featuring Claus Freudenstein, who is pushing the boundaries of the double bass in some really interesting ways.  Claus is innovative on a number of fronts.  He joined the world of the bass later in life than many people, and he came to it through heavy metal and the electric bass.  This resonates greatly with me because this is the exact same way that I arrived at the bass.

Claus has taken this love of heavy metal and channeled it into the Bassmonsters, a bass ensemble that is expanding the repertoire into metal and bringing a whole new audience into the fold.  We feature three clips from their first album Classic Meets Rock: Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns & Roses, Creeping Death by Metallica, and Thriller by Michael Jackson.  You can find this album on Spotify, Amazon, and iTunes.

Claus is looking for a new record label to publish the latest Bassmonsters release.  He has some tracks to pass along, so listeners, if you have ideas for a new label for Claus, send him an email and let him know.

Claus has also been quite innovative in the world of teaching with his creation and popularization of the mini-bass.  We discuss Claus’ work in education, his approach to repertoire, arranging and composing, and many other topics.  Enjoy!


Leon Bosch on Contrabass Conversations

I have been meaning to chat with Leon Bosch for years.  I’ve put out several all-music episodes on Contrabass Conversations featuring his always interesting solo projects, but this is the first time that I’ll have actually done an interview with him.  It’ll be great–I can’t wait!

In the meantime, check out this video of Leon recording the Dittersdorf Concerto with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.  Leon was principal bass of this orchestra for many years before retiring to devote himself full-time to his solo and chamber projects.


Robin Kesselman podcast interview coming soon!

I will be doing an interview with Houston Symphony principal bassist Robin Kesselman next week, and I’m really looking forward to featuring Robin on the podcast!  Robin studied with many bassist with whom you may be familiar, including:

Robin also went to school with Ian Hallas, who we recently featured on the podcast talking about his successful audition for the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  You’ll love hearing about Robin’s musical journey to his current position as principal bass with one of America’s major orchestras!

Check out this video of Robin performing the Penderecki Duo Concertante, and stay tuned for Robin’s interview in the next couple of weeks!


CBC 206: Auditioning for Music Schools

Trevor Jones and Jason Heath talk music school options at the 2016 Chicago Bass Festival

Trevor Jones and Jason Heath talk music school options at the 2016 Chicago Bass Festival

Trevor Jones and I have done joint clinics in the past, but this is the first one since restarting the podcast, and I figured that it would make sense to put it out this week since we just released our conversation a few days ago.

This talk was held at Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall as part of the 2016 Chicago Bass Festival, which is an event put on by the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory. Michael Cameron of the University of Illinois and Allan Dennis, former double bass professor at the University of Wisconsin and the MYA executive director, were both in the audience, so you’ll hear us refer to both of them a couple of times during the talk.

I left Curtis off of my list of schools putting out successful auditions, but of course that should be at the top of the list! My mistake.

Some of the questions from the audience are kind of hard to hear, you’ll get the gist of the question as soon as Trevor and I start talking again.

We talk about Don Greene’s excellent books on auditioning—all three are highly recommended: