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  • richardmitnick 11:27 AM on November 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Double Bass, Formosa Quartet, , William McDevitt   

    From Toledo Museum of Art: “Music at the Museum” 

    From Toledo Museum of Art

    Great Performances: Bill McDevitt, Bass
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    Nov. 4: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
    FREE
    William McDevitt, acting principal bass for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, performs work by Bach, Bottesini, Stein and Higuet, plus one of his own compositions. He will be joined by pianist Samantha Beresford. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.

    COMING SOON
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    Great Performances:
    Formosa Quartet with
    Solungga Liu
    Nov. 18: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
    FREE
    This dynamic, young string quartet performs with pianist Solungga Liu of Bowling Green State University. The program includes Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 1 in D Major and Schnittke’s Piano Quintet. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.

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    And thanks to the benevolence of its founders, as well as the continued support of its members, TMA remains a privately endowed, non-profit institution and opens its collection to the public, free of charge.

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  • richardmitnick 8:26 PM on September 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: "End to End", Barre Phillips, Double Bass,   

    From ECM: “Barre Phillips ‘End To End’ “ 

    New from From ECM

    From ECM which might just be the finest recording company in the world.

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    Barre Phillips was the first musician to record an album of solo double bass, back in 1968, and he has always been an absolute master of the solo idiom. In March 2017, Barre recorded what he says will be his last solo album, the final chapter of his “Journal Violone”: it is a beautiful and moving musical statement. All the qualities we associate with Barre’s playing are here in abundance – questing adventurousness, melodic invention, textural richness, developmental logic, and deep soulfulness. End to End was recorded at Studios-La-Buissonne in the south of France, and produced by Manfred Eicher. It is issued in both CD and LP formats.

    End to End is a solo bass album by one of the great pioneers of the idiom. Over the last fifty years Barre Phillips, California-born but long a resident of France, has periodically issued solo recordings, considering them the musical equivalent of diary entries (the first one, in 1968, was called Journal violone), updates on his ever-evolving relationship to his chosen instrument. This one, he says, will be the last of his albums in this format, so it is of special interest to those who have followed the story so far and, indeed, to anyone wishing to hear a masterful improviser at work, refocussing lessons learned in the course of a long, creative life. “It’s the end of a cycle,” says Barre, now 83, of the present recording. “Not a summing up, but the last pages of a journal that began fifty years ago.”

    Recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the South of France, End to End juxtaposes partly-composed and freely improvised pieces. “I had five areas of ‘prepared material’, five ’songs’ I wanted to explore,” says Barrre. “And the rest was approached as I approach solo performance in a concert.” Producer Manfred Eicher sequenced the pieces into three groups or movements which Barre subsequently named “Quest”, “Inner Door”, and “Outer Window”, titles with a biographical significance: “The journey [with the bass] did become a kind of quest of self-discovery, like in the zen sense, or any other philosophical tradition sense, of finding out who you are. In the process I was looking inward for a long, long time. It wasn’t until I was about 55 or 60 that I reached the point where I was looking outward in the playing.” Whether playing pizzicato or arco in the pieces here, Phillips impresses with his decisiveness: every note, every sound and texture in this music, feels carefully considered and has a cumulative emotional power.

    Over the years ECM has documented Barre in many musical contexts, including collaborations with John Surman, Terje Rypdal, Alfred Harth, Paul Bley, Evan Parker, Joe and Mat Maneri, Robin Williamson and more. But his first appearance on the label was the landmark recording Music from Two Basses with Dave Holland in 1971. In 1983 there was the acclaimed solo recording Call Me When You Get There, including music for Robert Frank’s films. For a sense of how broad the solo bass and bass ensemble genre has since become, visit http://solodoublebass.blogspot.com. Before Barre’s Journal Violone there were no albums of solo bass improvising; now, they number in the hundreds. So End to End is also a timely reminder of how influential this endeavour has been, at an underground level.

    The role of the bass and its emancipation as solo instrument has been a recurring theme at ECM through the decades with examples ranging from Dave Holland’s Emerald Tears, Gary Peacock’s December Poems and Miroslav Vitous’s Emergence to Eberhard Weber’s Résumé and Björn Meyer’s Provenance. More bass music is coming in the month’s ahead with compositions by Stefano Scodanibbio played by Daniele Roccato and the Ludus Gravis Ensemble. In early 2019, ECM will issue The Gleaners, a solo bass album by Larry Grenadier.

    Scenes from the recording of End to End form part of the newly completed documentary about Barre Phillips, The Workman, by Sam Harfouche. It’s the second film to be made about the bassist’s life, following on from Accompanied Barre: A Portrait of Barre Phillips, by Ariel Pintor (2002).

    See the full article here .


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    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
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    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

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    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
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