I think that my voice is finally back after a great week spent at ISB 2017! I’ve got a slew of content that I recorded coming down the pike for the podcast. So far, I’ve put out interviews with Gary Karr and David Gage. I also put out a panel discussion on the origins of the ISB plus a preview of the 2018 European Bass Congress.
As always, there’s a ton to share this week about what’s going on in the double bass world. Feel free to email me if you’ve got any news of your own to share!
Beautiful Playing from the Kansas City Bass Workshop
Bringing Double Bass to the Rock Stage
My good friend Claus Freudenstein was in town here in San Francisco this past week after performing at the Whiskey a Gogo in Hollywood. It’s great to see Claus continuing his dual mission of bringing rock repertoire to the double bass and finding new venues to explore.
Golden Gate Bass Camp Next Week
I’m looking forward to spending a great week with the great students and faculty at the 2017 Golden Gate Bass Camp. Here’s the faculty line-up:
- Richard Duke – camp director
- DaXun Zhang – soloist and master teacher
- Donovan Stokes – soloist, teacher, and composer
- Scott Pingel – principal bass, San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Conservatory faculty
- Joe Lescher – principal bass, San Francisco Opera
- Charles Chandler – San Francisco Symphony bassist
- Michael Manring – electric bass virtuoso
- Dan Robbins – looping and effects
- James Garrison – recording technique and electronic music production
- Jason Heath – former DePaul University faculty and Contrabass Conversations host
Here’s a video (with the great Rufus Reid guiding the narrative) of some of the highlights of this camp over the years:
2nd International Bradetich Solo Competition in September
I’ll also be down in Denton, Texas covering the 2nd International Bradetich Solo Competition. There are 21 candidates that will be performing during the event (if I’ve interviewed them then they’re linked up):
- Joel Braun
- Valentina Ciardelli
- Nina DeCesare
- Carlos Navarro Herrera
- William Langlie-Miletich
- TianYang Liu
- Zhixiong Liu
- Szymon Marciniak
- William McGregor
- Mariechen Meyer
- Philip Nelson
- Chin To Kelvin Ng
- Aaron Olguin
- Marek Romanowski
- Ondrej Sejkora
- Mikyung Sung
- Samuel Suggs
- José Trigo
- Dominik Wagner
- Chunyang Wang
- Jianze Zhang
Expect Facebook Live coverage, interviews, and much more!
- Rob Kassinger gets some great coverage on Facebook via the Chicago Symphony… with a surprise guest!
- Fell in Love with an Alien – new video from Guy Tuneh
- The Orchestral Dream Is Dead (heavy title for what’s actually a great read)
- The Role Of Music Inside Venezuela’s Unrest
- New website for Danny Ziemann
- Teacher at SF public school ends up homeless due to housing costs
- Fundraiser by Elsen Price : Plait Ensemble Album Fundraiser!
- my dad got a waterway named after him!
I think I’m addicted to interviews! Since coming back from the ISB convention, I’ve chatted with:
- Louis Levitt
- Jennifer Bradbury
- Stuart Pearce
- Alexis Cuadrado
- Rebecca Lawrence
- Jonathan Glawe
- Miles Brown
- Nick Mainella
I’m also chatting with Louis Levitt of Sybarite5 tomorrow morning. Expect these and more soon!