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I will be moving to San Francisco this June!  Major life changes taking place for the Heath household.  I put together this podcast episode that explains the move–check it out! http://traffic.libsyn.com/contrabassconversations/Moving_to_San_Francisco_and_Musings_on_Life.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | RSS

Moving to San Francisco!


Indiana University double bass professor Bruce Bransby
We will be featuring an interview with Indiana University double bass professor Bruce Bransby on next week’s podcast.  It was great to get a chance to talk with Bruce about his career, teaching at Indiana University and the Aspen Music Festival, studying orchestral repertoire, bass gear, and other such topics.  We […]

Bruce Bransby on next week’s podcast


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We are featuring Andrew Raciti on this week’s show.  Andy is the acting principal bass of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He is also the head of the double bass studio of the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Before joining the Milwaukee Symphony in 2006, Mr Raciti was associate […]

CBC 176: Andrew Raciti Interview



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Berlin Philharmonic principal bassist Matthew McDonald has a YouTube channel on which he has begun putting out some of his wonderful bass and piano performances. Here’s a recording of him performing Koussevitzky’s Valse Miniature: He also has recordings of the Bottesini Grande Allegro a la Mendelssohn, Bruch Kol Nidrei, and the […]

Matthew McDonald’s YouTube channel


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Check out this cool new work for double bass by composer Aleksandar S. Vujic and performed by Serbian bassist Svetozar Vujic Borski.  It’s lyrical and mysterious and is a wonderful contribution to the repertoire.  What a wonderful tonal palette Aleksandar has chosen to complement the bass–very cool!

Svetozar Vujic Borski performs Jevrejski diptih by Aleksandar S. Vujic


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Today’s episode features Indianapolis Symphony principal bassist Ju-Fang Liu. We had a great conversation about growing up in Taiwan, her years studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy and at Indiana University with Lawrence Hurst and Bruce Bransby, her time in New World, teaching, playing jazz, studying bass overseas, and several […]

CBC 175: Ju-Fang Liu Interview



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We will be featuring two outstanding double bassists on Contrabass Conversations next week.  Monday’s episode will feature Indianapolis Symphony Principal Bass Ju-Fang Liu.  Originally from Taiwan, Ju-Fang studied at Indiana University and was a member of the New World Symphony and Kansas City Symphony prior to her appointment as principal bass […]

Ju-Fang Liu and Andrew Raciti episodes coming next week


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Today’s episode features longtime collaborator John Grillo performing Mozart’s aria Per questa bella mano. So, today’s episode features John performing Per Questa Bella Mano with John Dennison singing and Andrew Hauze on piano. In addition to being our third interview guest for the podcast way back in 2007 (almost ten […]

CBC 174: Per questa bella mano with John Grillo


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Texas Tech double bass professor Mark Morton has an active YouTube channel that should be a go-to resource for bass students.  Mark previously served as the Columbus Symphony principal bassist and has also been featured on Contrabass Conversations on episodes 114 and 117. Here’s his most recent video of the solo […]

Mark Morton’s YouTube Channel



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The following video covers the features of the new Contrabass Conversations app, which is free and available for iOS and Android.  This is a deep app with a lot of content and functionality, and I think that this video will help folks see how to incorporate it into their workflow.

Inside the Contrabass Conversations app


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Today we are featuring an interview with Marc Ramirez. Originally from New York, Marc is the principal bassist with the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, Portugal. Marc and I had a great conversation about his path to this job overseas, where he has now been for 17 years. We talk about […]

CBC 173: Marc Ramirez Interview


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Former International Society of Bassists president (and previous Contrabass Conversations guest) Kristin Korb did a great interview with Larry Gray for ISB Connect.  Check it out, and you can also check out our recent podcast episode with Larry.  We featured his bass playing and had a great conversation! If you’re not familiar with […]

Larry Gray Interview from Kristin Korb



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I’m really looking forward to bringing you our interview with Gulbenkian Orchestra principal double bassist Marc Ramirez!  We had a wonderful talk and covered some really interesting topics involving working overseas, Bass 2016 Prague, Marc’s European premiere of the Harbison Bass Concerto, and his beautiful Cavani bass. Up Magazine did a great feature on […]

Marc Ramirez on next podcast episode


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Today’s episode features Lauren Pierce and Geoff Chalmers, both of whom have been doing some remarkable things online in the world of the bass. What’s really cool is that these two have paired up to do a new web series called Ask Geoff and Lauren. In this episode, we talk […]

CBC 172: Lauren Pierce and Geoff Chalmers