Contrabass Conversations double bass life
Summary: Contrabass Conversations features interviews and performances from top leaders in the world of the double bass. Podcast host Jason Heath dives deep into what makes these world-class artists tick. With 2 million downloads and counting, Contrabass Conversations is the most popular podcast for double bassists. Join the community and experience life on the low end of the spectrum!
Aaron Olguin is one of my favorite people, and it has been such fun following along with his projects and successes in the music world. Aaron was the opening classical headliner for the 2019 International Society of Bassists Convention, and he and I also played on Andrés Martín’s recital at the convention. We talk about what he played on is recital, what his new job in the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra is like, and more! Enjoy, and check out our deep-dive with Aaron and his career from early 2019
Today’s episode was recorded live at the 2019 International Society of Bassists Convention with Dr. Randy Kertz, Chi-chi Nwanoku, John Patitucci, and Steve Bailey about how to stay healthy on the bass as you age. Enjoy!
Blake Hilley just finished his freshman year at the Juilliard School, and he’s already done more than many people do during their entire undergraduate careers.
Sélène Saint-Aime is a young Afro-French bassist, singer, and composer with Caribbean and West African origins. She has spent the last few years traveling the world and absorbing the musical cultures of places like Cuba, North Africa, Spain, Italy, and the West Indes.
Stephanie Patterson specializes in teaching adult learners. After playing professionally for a period of time, she developed an overuse injury and had to leave her symphonic career. Her teaching career began by accident about 10 years ago when her former hairdresser wanted to learn to play bass to do rockabilly. Through her own experiences and advice from Orin O'Brien, Stephanie has developed a teaching philosophy specifically tailored for adult learners.
Cory Palmer recently won the position of Principal Bass with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. We first met in person at the 2019 Pittsburgh Double Bass Symposium, and it was great to sit down and do a deep dive on his career thus far. We cover a variety of topics, including: •studying with John Hood and Orin O'Brien •Cory’s path from Carnegie Mellon University into the freelance world •refining his audition process •using Modacity to practice
Sascha Jacobsen recently put out a super-cool new video titled Un Bajo de Magia / The Magic Bass. This new release was a great excuse to connect in person with Sascha, who also lives here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sascha has an incredibly diverse creative life, and we dig into a whole bunch of topics about various projects, including: his Musical Art Quintet his Trio Garufa getting projects partially funded by InterMusic SF Sascha’s new Patreon account and the importance of supporting arti
Olivier Babaz recently released his first course with Discover Double Bass. Titled Jazz Bowing, this course explores all kinds of cool bowing techniques that Olivier uses in his playing. Lessons cover topics like: Fundamentals of Bow Technique Basic Bow Strokes Slurs Arco Technique and more... We reference a video interview that Olivier filmed with Discover Double Bass founder Geoff Chalmers, and we dig into Olivier’s background, using kalina and bass, staying inspired, and many other top
Justin Carney recently started a new podcast called Kill The Bass. It’s all about exploring various concepts of musical practice from the perspective of jazz bassists. Justin has been planning this podcast for several years, and it was great to have a chance to sit down with him and talk about life, musical highs and lows, how musical practice relates to other areas of life, and many other topics.
Krista Kopper recently launched a podcast called The Backstage Creative focusing on the people who work behind the scenes of theater to create the scenes, music, costumes, props, and everything else that goes into live productions. We chat about her background, starting a podcast, and the benefits that come from tackling a project like this. Be sure to check out this cool new podcast, and a huge shout-out to Krista for being a part of the Contrabass Conversations team!
James Oesi will be hosting the second Dutch Double Bass Festival this June 8th and 9th in Rotterdam. The line-up for the event is spectacular, including: •Francois and Sylvan Rabbath •Rick Stotijn •Renaud Garcia Fons •Richard Bona Check out the full line-up of guests and get your tickets on the festival website, and check out my previous conversation with James for more on his cool musical background and activities!
Hans Sturm and I go way back. In fact, it was 25 years ago that I first heard him play at our mutual alma mater Northwestern University. Hans is back in as president-elect for the ISB. We talk about his perspectives on ISB throughout the decades, where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we’re headed in the future.
John Goldsby has recently released a new course on Discover Double Bass called Building Up. This course contains four hours of video in 45 different lessons. Many of the tracks feature piano and drum accompaniment and also include tracks without the bass so you can practice along. The course is perfect for intermediate to advanced jazz bassists who want to solidify their technique and learn new approaches, and it’s put together from material that John has found to be effective with his students.
Kiyoe Kaimana Delphine Wellington is on an inspiring journey through the music world. After spending her senior year of high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Kiyoe studied with Todd Seeber at the New England Conservatory. After NEC, Kiyoe went to graduate school at the University of California San Diego, where she worked with Mark Dresser. She is a passionate advocate of solo bass explorations, and she appeared on the PBS’s show playing solo bass on From the Top when she was 15.
Ranaan Meyer is launching a new camp called the Utah Symposium for Double Bass. It will be taking place in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah June 7-9, and it’s open for registration for anyone ages 12 and up. This new event is a full scholarship, immersive program which provides participants with the opportunity to explore the entire spectrum of the double bass. From orchestra, to solo, to jazz, participants will join the faculty in sharing their knowledge and approach to the double bass.