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Bass2012: Newsletter

The team of Bass2012 (the BASSEUROPE foundation / European Society of Bassists ESB) has recently sent a newsletter with informations about the event, taking place in August at Copenhagen/DK.

It is our pleasure and honour to announce the three classical competitions.

With the support from some of the best bass players and generous sponsors the competitions have a top-class international jury and prizes for an amount of more than 20.000 Euro.

The three divisions are:

The Danish and Nordic hosting team is working on the program of recitals/concerts, master classes, music philosophical symposium, seminars, Young Bassists Camp, Young Jazz Stage, Nordic Day, exhibition with workshops, makers competition, bass highlights and the establishment of a broad democratic embedding of BASSEUROPE.

We are constantly moving – and will keep you informed by this Newsletter.

Help us spreading the news to your colleagues and students – this is an outstanding chance to develope bass playing and make people play the bass!

TEAM of leadership

14-19th of August

Double Bass Kaleidoscope at Michaelstein/Germany

The fifth Double Bass Kaleidoscope, under the leadership of Prof. Silvio Dalla Torre, will take place in March 2012 (11-18). One of its focuses will be the subject of the orchestra audition, which, in view of both practical playing and mental training, will be examined under the guidance of experienced professors.
In addition, an audition competition will be held for the first time. As well as concerts by lecturers and participants, various performances and discussions, there will again be ample opportunity for exciting exchanges of opinion, not least during the evening meetings. For the first time, a national meeting of the Pädagogischen Arbeitsgemeinschaften Kontrabass (Association of Double Bass Teachers, PAK) will precede the Double Bass Kaleidoscope.

Joel Quarrington – Montreal
Nicholas Walker – New York
Chen Zi Ping – Peking
Dan Styffe – Oslo
Stephan Petzold – Berlin
Maggie Urquhart – Den Haag
Christian Weber – Zürich
Ulrike Martin – München

Impressions from 2010 at Youtube:

Workshop with John Goldsby

Lando Music and John Goldsby will present this Workshop on Jazz Double Bass History and Techniques on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Since 1994, John Goldsby  has been a member of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk Big Band (the Cologne Radio Big Band). From 1980 to 1994, John lived in New York City and was an active fixture on the New York jazz scene, performing everywhere from Carnegie Hall, to the nightclubs of Greenwich Village, to concert stages around the world. John is actively involved in the jazz scene as a bassist, bandleader, composer, teacher, clinician and author.

John Goldsby is well-known as a jazz educator and has taught at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen, Cologne Musik Hochschule, William Paterson College, Long Island University, and Columbia University. He also teaches at Jamey Aebersold’s Summer Jazz Clinics and he has recorded many educational jazz records for Mr. Aebersold.

The Jazz Bass Book is his most recent book, documenting jazz bass players and their techniques from a historical perspective. This first-of-its-kind work is filled with transcriptions, historical and technical information, discographys, and Goldsby’s insightful and inspiring writing. A play-along CD is included for the reader/student to use with written etudes, patterns, scales, and improvised solos and bass lines.
John Goldsby has written two other instructional method books: Bowing Techniques for the Improvising Bassist, and Bass Notes. Bass Player magazine says, “Bass Notes is an excellent resource for intermediate to advanced jazz bassist.” The National Association of Jazz Educators says, “Bowing Techniques should be a required publication for upright bassists!” Since 1990, John Goldsby has been a featured writer for Bass Player Magazine with his columns “The Tradition,” “Mastering Jazz,” and “Jazz Concepts.”

The workshop is for bass players of all levels – from beginners to students to professionals. Participation fee is 20 €.

Location: The “Freitagsküche” at Mainzer Landstrasse 105, Ffm
(at the Lando Music premises)
Date: Saturday, December 3., 12 to 5 p.m.
Directions: 3 minutes walking distance from the Frankfurt central station

During the intermission and after the workshop, there is also the opportunity to chat and play and test Christopher basses, the Eminence bass, Presto strings, pickups and amplifiers.

Registration form after the click …

Looking forward to meet you there, Jonas

Symphonic Jazz Orchestra + Christian McBride

George Duke’s Concerto for Christian McBride will premiere at a free UCLA 
concert that will feature the 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (LA), conducted by Mitch Glickman. McBride will appear as bass soloist in the new commissioned work composed by composer/keyboardist/producer Duke. The concert will also feature works commissioned by composers Charles Floyd, and SJO conductor Mitch Glickman.

George Duke: “This is without a doubt the most comprehensive symphonic jazz composition I’ve written. It is written for the full breadth of Christian’s talents including upright, fretless and electric basses. My central idea is to allow Christian the freedom to spontaneously create and at the same time have a cohesive composition with the orchestra. The piece includes a standard jazz rhythm section along with a full orchestra. The challenge was to have complete interplay between the orchestra and the jazz trio and allow the bass to speak throughout its range as the dominant soloist and melodic proponent.”
Links:, Free tickets at

Bass2012 at Copenhagen/Danmark

After last week’s ISB Convention 2011 at San Francisco, the next big event has been announced:“After a great week in BASS2008 PARIS and in BASS2010 BERLIN, we would like to continue making tradition for an European bass convent every two years. In 2012 we welcome you in Copenhagen from 14-19th of August 2012. Looking forward to meeting you all for a week of fun, information, development and art!”Links: www.bass2012.euFacebook

Lutherie workshops at New Hampshire

The Violin Craftsmanship Institute offers weeklong hands-on workshops, taught by internationally prominent craftsmen (mostly trained at Mittenwald/Germany). These workshops are sponsored by the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (15 minutes from seacoast resort town of Portsmouth and an hour north of Boston)

Obtain information, download a brochure, and register at:

Chicago Bass Festival

The Chicago Bass Festival is an event for the Chicago-area double bass community that highlights the talents of the bassists in our major performing organizations and teachers at our academic institutions while creating a learning event for the next generation of double bassists.
“Come learn, share, and explore the vibrant Chicago double bass scene and work with some of the United States’ most talented and acclaimed double bass clinicians.”
The Chicago Bass Festival takes place on Sunday, February 6, 2011 at the Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia in Highland Park, Illinois (30 minutes north of Chicago).