Mark Dresser is one of our headliners for Saturday night.  As a long-time member of the ISB Board of Directors, he has attended more than a couple of conventions.  He has curated the New Music Summit for previous conventions. This time, we’ve asked him to share his plans for ISB 2017 (besides his concert).

As always the ISB Convention is a bounty of too many good things to check out, often competing at the same times. That being said choices have to be made.

I’m looking forward to hearing Gary Karr’s address and the competition winner recitals by Sam Suggs and Michael Forfia.

I’m going to hear improviser Thomas Helton’s recital and duo recital of Argentine bass masters Juan-Pablo Navarro and Andrés Martin. I’m always interested in hearing the news from new music virtuoso Robert Black. Later that afternoon I’ll check out improviser/composer Kyle Motl, and in the evening jazz great Larry Grenadier.

Always worth checking out are the winners of the new compositions recital in the morning.
Joe McNalley bassist/arranger/director of the Hutchins Consort (a string octet) and he’s playing a memorial concert dedicated to bassist/composer Frederick Charlton (a former member of the ensemble) and improviser, Dominic Duvall. I intend to check out the recitals of new music virtuosi Dan Styffe and Michael Cameron and of course to hear the recital of grand maestro François Rabbath.

At 2pm the very fine improviser and composer, Michael Formanek is playing a solo recital as well as to the lecture by the San Francisco based improviser and composer, Lisa Mezzacappa. Do not miss the Italian contemporary music virtuoso Daniele Roccato. Later there will be a tribute to composer/improviser Teppo Haute-Aho with many fine players and new works. Also the evening headliners.

In the morning I hope to check out Hilliard Greene’s recital as well as improviser Michael Bisio. I look forward to hearing jazz bassist Scott Colley’s recital. Also, do not miss the fascinating bassist/video artist/composer Florent Ghys. Then bassist/singer/songwriter Jordan Morton. Later in the afternoon there are great offerings as well.

At 3pm, The Japan based new music bassist Pearl Alexander is playing a program ACOUSMATICS, also the insightful jazz bassist Michael Bates will be giving a lecture, last but not least is the great jazz bassist Cameron Brown in a very special duo with the great singer, Sheila Jordan. Later I’ll be checking out the workshop on contemporary multi-media performance with Irina-Kalina Goudeva. 5pm is another tough call, Craig Butterfield bass and mandolin duo and the wonderful Spanish bassist and composer Alexis Cuadrado’s quartet. Finally I look forward to playing duo our compositions and improvisations with my friend the cello-great, Hank Roberts.

Mark Dresser head shot_Jim Carmody
Mark Dresser

Grammy nominated, internationally renowned bass player, improviser and composer. At the core of his music is an artistic obsession and commitment to expanding the sonic, musical, and expressive possibilities of the contrabass. He is a Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego and ISB board member.