This week’s Contrabass Conversations podcast features the first part of our interview with double bassist Ranaan Meyer. John Grillo (a frequent guest and collaborator on the podcast) and I co-interviewed Ranaan, who is the bassist for the band Time for Three and has had a very interesting and multi-faceted career. In addition to hearing a few musical excerpts from Time for Three, this episode features music from German double bassist Guy Tuneh, Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter Brad Yoder, Los Lonely Boys, and The Latin Soul Syndicate. Enjoy!
This week on Contrabass Conversations we are concluding the interview with double bassist Kathryn Nettleman that we began on episode 12 of the podcast. Also, this week we feature some jazz bass from Brooklyn musician Kevin Tkacz plus current news on the bass scene. Enjoy!
It is my pleasure to bring you this great interview with Pittsburgh
Symphony principal bassist Jeff Turner for this week’s episode of
Contrabass Conversations. Jeff has excellent advice for musicians, and
he reflects on his early years on the instrument in this very engaging
interview. You will also be hearing a double bass feature from the
Lascivious Biddies on this episode. Enjoy!
This week’s Contrabass Conversations episode features an interview with and music from Chicago Symphony bassist Rob Kassinger. Rob’s musical interests span many genres and include both the electric bass and the double bass. You will learn about Rob’s early years on the bass and how working in jazz and rock settings led to an interest in orchestral double bass playing in this fascinating interview.
This episode also features Rob playing the first movement of the Breval Sonata in a live performance, and it includes a track from NYCO, a rock band that Rob was a member of for several years. You will be hearing People We Knew from their recent album ‘Two’.
This week’s Contrabass Conversations episode features an interview with
double bassist Michael Hovnanian. Michael has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1989, and he serves as the president of Discordia Music (double bass music publisher). Michael also plays for the Gunnelpumpers, Chicago Bass Ensemble, Music of the Baroque, and the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra. He authors the popular CSO Bass Blog,
and he has served on the faculty for Northwestern University and the
Chicago College of Performing Arts. Michael was also my bass teacher
for my undergraduate and graduate degrees at Northwestern, and it was
really great to get a chance to do this interview.
You will also get a chance to hear Michael play the Discordia Music
edition of the Brahms Sonata in E minor on this episode. It is a great
edition of a great piece, and Michael plays it beautifully. Enjoy!