Convention Recap

Convention Recap

Highlights from our previous conventions

Enrico Fagone – Kicho

This is an excerpt of Enrico Fagone's recital on June 4, 2013. "Kicho" (Introduction by A.Ginastera) - Composer A.Piazzolla Piano, Giuseppe Lupis This piece will be on...

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Dear Madeleine Reflections

ISB board member Alan Lewine is crazy about our executive director Madeleine Crouch and he was even more excited to be a contributor to the Dear Madeleine project.  While the purpose of making this CD was as a fundraiser, it is a great listen with contributions coming...

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Bruce Gertz – Glad You’re Hear

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c33G9FeIKzs&index=20&list=PLU9SulUofGDjL2gqnyh3xaWB6XAYtQSe_ Glad You're Hear by Bruce Gertz Bruce Gertz - bass Bill Mays - piano Tim Froncek - drums This is on Bruce's new CD, Open Mind

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Shawn Conley – Mythical Ithaca

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUmQyVpB8aE&list=PLU9SulUofGDjL2gqnyh3xaWB6XAYtQSe_&index=19 Mythical Ithaca by Shawn Conley Shawn Conley - Bass Romain Collin - Piano Kevin Kanner - Drums For more information: http://thenorthtrio.com...

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Andrés Martin – Bass Concerto

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOZjuBvcb0o Performed at the 2013 ISB Convention at Eastman School of Music. Composed by Andrés Martin Andrés Martin - bass Rose Chancler - piano 1. Tangueramente (0:00) 2. Nocturno (8:30) 3. Allegro Obsesivo (18:43)...

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Hagai Bilitzky – Middle Eastern Doublebass

Hagai Bilitzky's performance in the New Music Summit at the ISB Convention 2013, Rochester, NY. Hagai Bilitzky devised a unique new playing technique for playing Middle Eastern music elements,  like the quarter tones, making it possible to bring the double bass into...

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Mark Dresser – Three Pieces

Mark Dresser did a fantastic job not only performing here, but curating the New Music Summit for ISB 2013. Video sponsor: Nick Lloyd Basses This bass is a Boosey and Hawkes "Professor" model. 112 years old. There are actually three pieces on this clip: 1. "For Glen...

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Marco Panascia – Blues for the ISB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn8tabisw0M&list=PLU9SulUofGDjL2gqnyh3xaWB6XAYtQSe_&index=11 Be sure to clear the floor around you before you press "play" on this video.  The guys are going to have you stomping your feet in no time.  Marco Panascia's "Blues for the...

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Tom Knific – And A Cheetah

"I have been writing music inspired by my recent work in Africa. This one was sparked by my first safari  - which followed the Mozambique International Music Festival in 2012.  The tour guide listed the many animals he had hoped we would see. In fact, we saw...

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Orin O'Brien Tribute

Orin O'Brien is one of our great ladies of bass.  By being her amazing self, Orin has inspired female bassists all over the world to follow their dreams. Inez Wyrick assembled the "name of band here" and gave this heartfelt and beautiful tribute to one of our own....

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Catalin Rotaru: Frank Proto's Sonata No. 2

This is the world premier of Frank Proto's Sonata No. 2 (dedicated to Catalin Rotaru): - Rubato, Improvisatory - Allegro Assai - Adagio - Freely - Molto Allegro Catalin Rotaru - Double Bass Marina Pakowski - Piano Performed at the International Society of Bassists...

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Paul Ellison Master Class

Paul Ellison is one of the most inspiring educators around.  It doesn't matter who he works with, all are uplifted and improved immediately. The ISB thanks Chris DeMarco for sharing his personal experience with us all.

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Did you hear what we did for Madeleine?!

We all know and love our ISB Executive Director, Madeleine Crouch.  She is the first one you meet whether it is on the phone or at the convention.  She is effervescent, tenacious, and straight ahead.  While her company manages other non-profits, we know that she loves...

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Graham's ISB: Day 6

I had totally the wrong idea about this day. I was expecting it to be the peak, the busiest and noisiest day of ISB. Perhaps that's why I drowsily avoided entering Eastman for so long in the morning... when I finally came inside at 10:30am, I was dismayed to see that...

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Graham’s ISB: Day 5

How do you ISB? It would be nice to come here with either a) no interest in trying basses, or b) no interest in hearing new rep. Then you could choose between either the instruments or the sessions! By Friday I felt that the pressure was on. Not that I intended to...

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Graham's ISB: Day 4

Trying to see everything you want to at this convention is impossible. So I missed David Gage while trying to wake up, and I missed Bill Mays's and Tommy Cecil's Sondheim set while trying to glean all I could from Caroline Emery. The funny thing is that what you plan...

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Graham's ISB: Day 2

I'm mostly an orchestral guy, but I started out in jazz. So my choices are largely influenced in the classical direction, but when I hear the name of a legend like Ron Carter, I can't say no. Also, I plan to go to at least a couple sessions where I have no idea what...

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More Awesome: Tian Yang Liu

This second day of ISB2013 left me in awe.  Word on Main Street is that there are 2,000 bass-lovers here at the Eastman School. In the morning, I witnessed bass masters pass their knowledge along to over 20 Young Bassists in their bass ensemble rehearsal. Before the...

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Graham’s ISB: Day 1

How did I end up here?  I'd never even heard of the International Society of Bassists until three weeks ago, when I decided to head out to New York City to do a Masters audition at Mannes College.  It's hard for me to say whether I had any real motivation for this...

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Catching up with first-prize competition winners

This is my second ISB Convention. Being here really feels like a family reunion.  Even when meeting new bassists / friends, it feels like we’ve known each other longer. Last night, we all gathered in Kodak Hall.  First, was the passing of a bedazzled, tailpiece-torch...

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Finding your way around Eastman

Eastman is our host school for the 2013 convention.  During the school year, over 800 music majors are studying and playing concerts all over this building.  For those of us who are new to the campus, certain elements may be a little confusing.  Jeff Campbell, co-host...

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