Performances

Music From Spain

The UNC Wind Ensemble, with guest conductor, Francisco Javier Martínez Arcos, will present an all Spanish program, Suite #2 from the Three Cornered Hat | Manuel de FallaRitual Fire Dance | Manuel de FallaSucro Oppidum | Javier Martínez CamposAbu Simbel | Ferrer Ferran The Spanish bands use several double basses as well as cello so …

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Various Music Links

Ocrafolk Festival 2017 – Opening night playing before the auction with Carter Minor and Alison Weiner. “My Foolish Heart” – Video link on Google Photos A Tribute to Brother Yusuf Salim – Performed at The Station in Carrboro, NC, August 27, 2016 – also the day after my mother passed away. I’m playing bass the …

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The Leipzig Legacy: Bach and His Predecessors

Duke Vespers Ensemble concert last night. The music starts about 5 minutes in. The orchestra first plays at 12:10 where you can see a close-up of my “thrown together in a couple of hours” violone bow made with a piece of bloodwood donated by John Pringle.

The Closet Soloist (Diva Wannabe)

As a bassist I spend most of my musical life as an accompanist. It’s a special skill and one I quite enjoy – doing everything I can to make other musicians sound good. In a jazz setting I frequently get to “solo” – to improvise melodies while others accompany me – but most of the time it’s laying down the harmonic foundation and playing with the right nuance and subtlety to allow the “real” soloists (vocalists, violinists, saxophonists, etc.) to shine through. It has been said that every bassist is a closet cellist – that instrument that imitates the sound and range of the human voice more than any other. And it is true, I have….

My New Favorite Band Name

Durham based Killer Sheep win the prize. Unfortunately they are not the first to use that name but it’s a good one. Apparently no website yet but the link is to a Facebook event they posted.