Friday, March 26, 2010

Why Bass Looping On The San Lorenzo?

Bass Looping on The San Lorenzo-April 24th, 2010 6pm in Felton, Ca

Here's a little background about the upcoming 'Bass Looping On The San Lorenzo' event. It's a house concert right on the beautiful San Lorenzo River near the Covered Bridge in Felton. The show will center around TheBass (Upright, Electric, more...) and the art of Live Looping. Though it will be an intimate, little show, it's inspired by Rick Walker's groundbreaking Y2k Bass/Drum Looping Festival, which featured Steve Lawson (Here's a cool interview by Daniel Elliot with Steve Lawson, Michael Manring, and Rick Walker done around the time of that festival). This upcoming house concert was also inspired by the amazing time I had listening/attending/playing at the latest of Rick's amazing Y2K series. I'm aware that there' a lot going on around the world in regards to these arts, these are just the things that spurred me into the worlds of solo bass and live looping.

Though hoping to make this an event that will draw Central Coast bassists and loopers together and promote the expanding role of the bass as well as the inspiring art of Live Looping, I am also exhilarated about the wide ranging appeal that the music will have. The lineup that's featured on this special event goes way beyond just being bassists or loopers, they are artists whose goal is to transcend the 'tools' they're using and create enchanting music in and of itself. It's exiting to me that a non-bass/looping crowd could walk in and simply listen to the sweet sound from these fantastic artists, with eyes open or closed. I feel that is a good way to bring these more obscure art forms to people's attention and thereby reward the listener with quality, unique music and, hopefully, to create opportunities for the practitioners of such arts.

I'm extremely proud to be organizing and playing at this show. The bassists involved are all such uniquely musical people! Dan Robbins and Zach Parkes are a treat to hear playing within an ensemble, but their solo music extends the bass beyond the conventional supportive role in varied and beautiful ways! Then there'sMatt Bohn a.k.a. The Bass Doctor, a community pillar for bassists as a luthier, as well as a stunningly powerful bassist. Matt has chosen the finale piece, Big Brother, by Stevie Wonder, and suggested doing it as a bass quartet (2 uprights, 2 electrics). It promises to be really fun! Also joining in on percussion will be the legendaryArmando Mafufo. The music will start around 6 but make sure to come early (5ish) to enjoy a potluck and a little hang by the river.

-I'd love to see you there! RSVP me at 831-801-4920 or stevebassbird@yahoo.com for the details


2 comments:

  1. Man, I wish i could go to this - its a bit if a trek from the UK thou!!

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  2. I hear you! All those shows you guys are doing over there make me want to take a trip out to the UK-someday we'll jam!

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