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.
Captaine Tobias Hume (1569 – 1645) – Tobacco, No.3 the First Part of Ayres or the Musicall Humours (1605)
Filmed February 6, 2009 in Duesenberg Recital Hall, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN. For more information on music on Valparaiso University, visit http://www.valpo.edu/music.
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