This week’s Contrabass Conversations episode features an interview with Chicago-based double bassist and electric bassist Scott Rosenthal. Scott is one of the major players for the Chicago theater scene, having performed in a huge number of productions such as The Producers, Ragtime, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, Spamalot, Light in the Piazza, Mary Poppins, as well as performing regularly as a member of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. We also feature Italian bassist Stefano Sciascia performing Adagio Melanconico e Appassionato by Bottesini. Enjoy!
This Contrabass Conversations special episode features the second part of our interview with Chicago-based jazz bassist Eric Hochberg. Eric first appeared on episode 21 of the podcast, and listeners should really enjoy hearing the conclusion to this interview. Following the interview is a track featuring Eric titled Mr. Bar Locrian. Learn more about Eric and his various musical endeavors at www.erichochberg.com. Enjoy!
This week’s Contrabass Conversations episode features an interview with Chicago Symphony bassist Brad Opland. In addition to the interview, you’ll get a chance to hear Brad perform on the double bass in his own arrangement of Ibert’s Quatre Chansons de Don Quichotte for bassoon and bass and hear Brad perform on the electric bass in his south side Chicago church. Enjoy!
This interview-only episode wraps up our chat with double bass composer Bjorn Berkhout. Bjorn’s music has been performed by the Chicago Symphony Bass Quartet (among other groups). We chatted about composing and life as a university professor, and Bjorn offered practical advice for music majors. Check out the first part on CBC 10.
This interview-only episode of Contrabass Conversations wraps up our interview with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University bass instructor Greg Sarchet, and we were joined by two of his students (Ausberto and Hans) at a Bulgarian restaurant for this interview. Both Hans and Oz contribute some questions, which both Greg and I answer. Check out the first part on CBC 19.