This summer we only met once. We did some Karr-style group exercises, read Frank Felice’s Counterparts for bass ensemble, and had special guest luthier Ralph Alcala discuss the process of making of removable-neck travel copy of Matt Hare’s old cornerless bass.
On June 13th, the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood will have a special “Celebration of the Bass” edition of their weekly Ultimate Jam Night.
Although Claus Freudenstein and Matt Hare now play double bass, they both started as guitarists who grew up playing Rock and Metal. They’ve arranged some of that Rock and Metal for double bass and will play a few tunes to raise funds for Bass Forward. If you can’t drop in, you can stream the show, watch clips afterwards, and of course make a tax-deductible donation online.
Bass Forward promotes and elevates the visibility of the double bass by underwriting recitals, master classes, workshops and run-outs to schools. We are a nonprofit organization under the fiscal sponsorship of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of Bass Forward are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
And event coordinator Wanda Ortiz, the bassist of the Iron Maidens
Milton Masciadri is Professor of Double Bass at the University of Georgia, where he has been a member of the music faculty since 1984. Representing the third generation of double bassists in his family, he was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and began double bass studies with his father. By the age of 17, he was co-principal bassist with the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, and at the age of 19 was on the music faculty of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.
Masciadri is a frequent recitalist and soloist with major symphony orchestras in Europe, Asia, North America, Central America and South America. He has presented master classes at such musical institutions as The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Paris Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music in London, Moscow Conservatory, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires National Conservatory, and Milan Conservatorio among many others. Dr. Masciadri’s solo performances have taken place at many internationally renowned concert venues including New York’s Lincoln Center, “La Fenice” Opera House in Venice, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Castro Alves Opera House in Salvador (Bahia, Brazil) and the Municipal Theater of Sao Paulo. During the summers he teaches at several international music festivals and double bass conventions in the United States, South America and Europe. His solo recordings have been released on the DMR, Sinfonica, ACA & Fondazione labels.
Masciadri’s enthusiasm for enlarging the repertoire of the double bass has led him to publish and premiere works of many contemporary American and South American composers, including works commissioned for him by such institutions as UNESCO and Funarte, as well as making contributions of his own with numerous transcriptions and arrangements.
Some of Masciadri 2016-17 performances included performances in Italy, Spain, France, Scotland, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, China, Chile and the United States.
In 2009, Dr. Masciadri received the title of Distinguished University Professor of the University of Georgia, the first faculty member in the fine arts to be so honored in 62 years and he also holds the title of “Accademico” of the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna, Italy – Europe’s oldest musical educational institution. He has been awarded the Brazilian Medal of Honor for Academic Achievements for his musical and educational services to the people of Brazil, and in 1998 was designated an UNESCO Artist for Peace. In 2011, he received the Knighthood honor of the designation of Il Cavaglieri di San Marco in Venice. In 2015, Masciadri was Awarded the Leonardo da Vinci World Award for the Arts by the World Cultural Council, the first musician to receive the award since its inception. Masciadri is the winner of the SEC faculty achievment award 2016.
Masciadri performes on a 320 years old Testore double bass and appears in the International Who’s Who in Music.
We had over two dozen bassists participate in our event and about 70 people come to the final concert!
David Murray’s Master Class
These events are free, open to the public, and intended for musicians of all levels.
Jan 3, 7pm, Master Class with David Murray and Claus Freudenstein at Concordia University at Irvine.
Jan 4, 7pm, Concert with David Murray, Claus Freudenstein, Matt Hare, Spencer Baldwin, and other area bassists at Irvine High School.
This concert will be light, fun and inspire current and future young bassists. The evening will open with a few pieces performed by students from universities in the area and advanced high school students. Later, David Murray will perform B.B. Wolf, Claus Freudenstein will perform some Classic Rock transcriptions, Matt Hare and Spencer Baldwin will join them for some light bass quartet music, and the night will close with as many players as we can get on stage playing some bass choir arrangements.
Special thanks to everyone at Lemur Music for their support
Bass forward promotes and elevates the visibility of the double bass by creating events, master classes, workshops, recital, and commissioning compositions involving the double bass. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help us make things happen, you can contribute through 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas.
Bass Forward is pleased to announce its 2017 Proko-Five Composition Prize. The competition is for the best new 5-7 minute work for same instrumentation as Prokofiev’s Quintet in G minor, op. 39: oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and double bass.
Items must be received by February 17th, 2017
– A PDF file of the full score
– An MP3 audio recording of digital instruments.
– $15 entrance fee in the form of a tax-deductible donation to Bass Forward through its 501(c)3 sponsor “Fractured Atlas”
The MP3, PDF, and the Donation ID number that verifies the entrance fee should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. After you submit your entrance fee in the form of a donation to Bass Forward, you will receive a thank you email which contains the “Donation ID” number at the bottom.
The prize is $400 USD, and a premier performance at the International Society of Bassists’ 2017 Convention at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY. *
Feb 17 submission deadline
March 24 winner notification
April 14 performance scores for individual players must be made available in pdf form
First week of June: premier in Ithaca*
Bass forward is unable to pay for travel or lodging to the International Society of Bassists’ 2017 Convention.
Submitted scores and recordings will become the property of Bass Forward, although the winner will retain all rights to the composition after the premier.
Bass Forward reserves the right to not award a prize.
*The premier in Ithaca is contingent upon recital approval from the International Society of Bassists. We expect approval in mid January, after their first board meeting. Should we not get approval, the premier will take place at the University of California at Irvine.
Bass Forward promotes and elevates the visibility of the double bass by underwriting recitals, master classes, and workshops. We are a nonprofit organization under the fiscal sponsorship of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of Bass Forward are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Our first two projects:
SoCal Bass Days with guests David Murray and Claus Freudentstein