Hardest working bassist in new music, Scott Worthington, doing Kaija Saariaho’s Folia.
Here is Božo Paradžik playing Gavin Bryars’ Double Bass Concerto with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.
Great piece by Berio/Scoddanibio:
David Anderson’s Four Short Pieces for Solo Double Bass performed by Antonio Escobedo
Double bass super star Gary Karr and Yuon Xiong Lu perform this, with antics.
Video is lo-fi, but the audio works.
Mark Buchner, double bass, takes on this Scodannibio arrangement of Berio’s Sequenza XIVb.
Mark Buchner on double bass with Chris Wild on cello play this droney Scelsi.
Kyle Motl integrating double bass and software for some drone.
Lots of different sound textures in this Xenakis piece for Double Bass.
Emma Sullivan (double bass), Michal Rosiak (composer/flute), David Montgomery (vibraphone)
Bassist Dominik Wagner performs Miloslav Gajdos’ Invocation.
Spoiler: There is no piano in this piece. 😀
From the same recording date as the previously posed Frantisek Vyrostko videos, we have Anton Jaro Jr performing Miloslav Gajdos’ Invocation for Double Bass Solo.
And, as with Mr Vyrostko’s videos, we get the mic placement as well.
Performing Miloslav Gajdos’ Solo in A for Double Bass is Frantisek Vyrostko from a trio of recordings he made in late 2012.
As a bonus, we get the microphone positioning as well.
Another good recording of bassist Frantisek Vyrostko. This time doing Berio’s Sequenza XIVb as re-imagined by the great Stefano Scodanibbio.
As with others from this recording session, we get to see the microphone positioning as well.
Elliot Carter’s Figment III for double bass solo performed by Frantisek Vyrostko.
In addition to seeing another sit-down bassist perform, it’s good to see the microphone configuration as well. Looks like a stereo pair up in the air about 6 feet out.
This is an interesting approach, a highly edited rendition for two basses by arranger Lev Weksler. I’m not certain what exactly he’s done here. But there are obviously several takes edited together. Some of them I suspect were played slower and then sped up (rendering a somewhat more “digital” or “synthetic” sound).
I’m sure there will be some haters, but still worth hearing and thinking about.
Trevor Robinson (double bass) and Davina Whitlark (piano) perform Debussy’s Beau Soir.
Efrain Oscher’s Boves y Bolívar performed by:
- Edicson Ruiz: double bass
- Ivan Garcia: bass voice
- Sergio Tiempo: piano
Another rendition of Carl Nielsen’s Serenata in vano. Performed by Torbjorn Eide (bass), Per Hannevold (bassoon), Vildar Olson (horn), Sally Guenther (cello), and Lars Kristian Holm Brynildson (clarinet).
Philippe Racine’s Bass & Flute Duett performed here by Edicson Ruiz (double bass) and Felix Renggli (flute).
Jean-Luc Darbellay’s Rencontres for violin and double bass performed by Noëlle-Anne Darbellay on violin and Edicson Ruiz on contrabass.
Edgar Meyer shares a double bass work in progress.
Taddes Korris (double bass), Michael Davis (viola), and Eva Ryan (flute) perform Reflections by composer Tim Kiah.
I like the different textures at work in this.
Vals “Natalia” is written by Luis Laguna. Here it is performed by Edicson Ruiz on bass with José Vitores on guitar.
Gaby Corleto (flute) and Edmundo Quiñonez play Quiñonez’s Short Dodecafonic piece. Sketchy video quality but a fun little series all the same.
Edicson Ruiz performs this Kurtag double bass solo. I love that the Berlin Phil has produced such great videos of this music.
El Choclo, arranged by Andres Martin for contrabass and piano performed here by Catalin Rotaru and Anastasia Zhivotovskaya.
Fun mix of arco and pizz passages in this.
High quality binaural recording, listen on headphones if you can. Binaural recordings do a great job of creating a stereo image but only really work with headphones on. Eric Snoza on bass.
I have heard that this piece has a program to it. I’ll dig around and see if I can find it.
Lauren Pierce and guitarist Andy Bell break out Zigeunerweisen again in this one.
Also, great example of a mid/side microphone set up. I’ll probably refer to this one in the music technology section eventually. The bottom mic has a figure 8 pattern and is collecting the “sides” of the sound while the top mic is collecting the “mid” or center channel. It’s a great technique for capturing stereo sound.
Tatiana Porshneva and Gennady Krutikov finish off the Gliére Suite in this video.
Marina Nenadović (flute) and Boban Stošić (double bass) perform Stanislava Gajic’s DIVA.
Rudolf Kelterborn’s Kontrabas-Notenheft performed by Edicson Ruiz
Double bassist Edicson Ruiz performs Heinz Holliger’s Preludio e Fuga, which was written for him.
Claude Bolling’s Toot Suite is more of a trumpet thing but it’s getting in here anyway because… chamber music!
Gennady Krutikov in style with Vlad Lavrik – Trumpet, Maria Dzhemessyk – Piano, and Ilya Melikhov – Trap Set
Irina-Kalina Goudeva runs the double bass solo in this quality video and audio production (Camille Cottagnoud on the camera and Samuel Dématraz editing). James Crabb on accordion and Søren Elbech is on solo violin.
Also, Ensemble International:
A piece that explores language as much as it explores the double bass. Written for Bertram Turetzky, it is here performed by Skip Edwards who also gives a little background before beginning the piece around 3 minutes in.
Gennady Krutikov in the first three movements of Suite for Violin and Double bass along with violinist Tatiana Porshneva.
The sheet music for this can be tricky to locate. But Liben has it.
Gunther Schuller’s Bass Quartet performed by Heavy Hands at Artist Outpost Resources.
It may be from 1996, but still a fun recording of this staple. Gennady Krutikov in the third and fourth movements of Divertimento by Nino Rota. Elena Lebed on piano.
A composition by Aaron Holloway-Nahum for Double Bass, two violins and custom cast bronze bells.
In this recording:
- Jakub Cywinski, Double bass
- Eloisa-Fleur Thom, Violin
- Ed McCullagh, Violin
- Tom Lee, percussion
- Darren Bloom, conductor
The piece premiered premiered at Limewharf, Dec 2014. It was commissioned by the Change Ringing Ensemble.
You can see some sketches of the composition at Holloway-Nahum’s website.
Animals, by Harry Sadler, performed by Cameron Mohr (double bass), Becky Hoppert (clarinet), and Kim Davis (flute)
Recital recording of Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango with Lauren Pierce on double bass and Emily Yates on piano.
I will probably refer back to this video for the microphone placement as well. Great bass-side mic and treble-side mic setup 6 to 8 feet away.
Milo Fultz (Double bass) and Kathryn Brunhaver (cello) of the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble perform this work by John Goforth.
Lisa Dowling arranged this Dolphy piece for Kontraphonix (Dowling on double bass and Annie Lyle on bassoon), which they perform here at The Tank in NYC.
Patternrooters will recognize the bass element of Kontraphonix as Lisa Dowling. Not sure who the bassoonist is but I’ll update this when I find out. Kontraphonix did the arrangement of this piece as well.
This performance took place at The Tank in NYC.
Bassist Shaya Feldman and flautist Yoel von Ostroff Culiner perform Dance for Double Bass and Flute by Maxim Levi.
Fun arrangement of this violin showpiece by the performers.
More bass-as-percussion, this time with a mallet and vocal effects, brought to life by Lisa Dowling at the Manhattan School of Music.
Shades of Hendrix in here. I can’t get enough of this guy’s bass music. I wonder if there are scores or what. I know he’s performing this and others of his stuff at ISB 2015 so I don’t think it’s all extemporaneous. But who knows. Either way, much enjoyment.
Lauren Pierce on bass and Andrew McMillan on guitar perform Monti’s Czardas in this arrangement by Jeff Bradetich. Looking forward to hearing more from Ms Pierce!
Lisa Dowling is joined by cellist Mariel Roberts to perform this textural piece at the Manhattan School of Music.
Gennady Krutikov performing Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise on the double bass.
In addition to, of course, the excellent musicianship, this video gives a little insight into microphone placement as well.
Here is a duo piece, composed by Peter Hansen, performed by Cody Takacs (double bass) and Kelly Zimba (flute).
A duet for violin and double bass featuring Tatiana Porshneva on violin and Gennady Krutikov on double bass. Make friends with a violinist and start working on this one pronto.
Quintet by Seunghee Lee performed at the Fresh Inc festival by Matthew Kline on bass along with an ensemble made up of: clarinet, oboe, violin, viola, and double bass
Composed for Michael Klinghoffer, Ode for Double Bass is a jazz piece that mixes arco and pizza playing. Piano accompaniment here is played by Kai-Ya Chang.
In which Lisa Dowling uses the percussive aspects of her bass exclusively while singing.
Note the towel on the strings. I suspect that’s there to keep the strings from vibrating while she uses the bass as a drum. Clever.
Some great examples of string tapping normally associated with slap style bass, ghost notes, and trills outside of Baroque performance practice.
Fun arrangement of a Serbian folk tune for solo bass by Nenad Vasilic. I found a little bit of information about the dance that accompanies the tune as well.
Also, gotta love what 60fps videography does to bass strings!
This piece was written in 1925 and contains the following movements:
- Andante con moto
- Furiant: Allegro furioso
- Rondino: Allegro gaio
Another one from Lisa Dowling’s recital at Manhattan School of Music. This one from Elliot Carter, a classic American composer.
Members of 5th House Ensemble perform Stacy Garrop’s Frammenti
Come and Go, composed by Rene Orth for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano, is performed here at the Fresh Inc festival. Andrew O’Connor on bass.
Bear with the Blair Witch videography here. The audio is decent and you’ll enjoy the music.
This one goes all over the place, a tour de force. Hold onto your chair.
Rhapsody is scored for oboe, saxophone, french horn, viola, and double bass.
Performed here at the Fresh Inc festival with Matthew Kline playing bass.
Composed for Michael Klinghoffer, Ode for Double Bass uses jazz harmonies and makes use of arco and pizzicato. Piano accompaniment here is played by Kai-Ya Chang.
Matthew Kline performs here Capriccio per Sigfried Palm by Penderecki. I believe at some point Kline broke a bow in playing this so consider carefully if you’re ready to take this one on!
Here is the third movement of Hindemith’s Sonata for Double Bass and Piano performed by Rinat Ibragimov on bass. The 1st movement of this piece by this performer can be found here.
The first and second movements of Hindemith’s Sonata for Double Bass performed here by London Symphony Orchestra principle bass, Rinat Ibragmov.
Risto Vuolanne performs the first movement of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s “Angel of Dusk” with Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia.
One of the things I really like about this is how lyrical the bass solo is in contrast to the dissonance and rhythmic punctuation from the orchestra. Just a great combination.
Also some great timbres from blending percussion and harp.
When I found this online I knew it was solid when I saw that none other than Joel Quarrington had complimented the performer and conductor in the YouTube comments!
One of Lisa Dowling’s compositions performed at Manhattan School of Music. Great textures and color. I want to learn this one!
Heavy Hands gave the world premier of Gregg August’s A humble Tribute to Guagauanco at Artist Outpost Resources in Queens NYC on January 7 2012.
Another dose of awesome from the Fresh Inc festival and Matthew Kline.
There’s a beep that goes off part way through that reminded me of this one time I saw Kronos doing Black Angels and in the middle movement, when everything is all quiet and peaceful, an older woman in the audience’s phone rings and then the woman answers it and proceeds to have a short conversation with the caller.
The beep in this, however, isn’t quite so intrusive. Perhaps owing to the steady-rhythm nature of the work. Hell, maybe it was planned or a general feature of the Racine Art Museum. Either way, enjoy this dose of bass textures.
Here’s an interesting augmentation of the double bass: an attached kalimba (aka “thumb piano”). Olivier Babaz gives us his rendition of Paul Desmond’s “Take Five” while also playing a shaker with his foot, one-man-band style.
Augmenting the instrument in this way obviously opens up tons of interesting possibilities for acoustic performance in the same way that pickups opens up opportunities for electronic performance.
Not sure I’d permanently mount a kalimba on my bass, but this is pretty interesting!
Here is a recording of the world premiere performance of Cave: for solo double bass, live electronics, and interactive video. This is a pretty heavy Max/MSP/Jitter thing. Disclaimer: I used to study with Macchia and it’s fun to hear the control he brings to a piece like this, where it could probably just as easy disintegrate into noise he keeps it musical. Fun sounding and and looking piece.
Andrew O’Connor’s Grime performed here by an ensemble of violin, viola, cello and double bass. Andrew O’Connor, double bass.
Performed at the 2013 Fresh Inc festival, Four Perspectives is scored for oboe, viola, bassoon, and percussion.
From his senior composition recital at Baylor, here is Matt Kline playing his Fragments for Solo Double Bass. Tons of fun timbres and textures in here.
The world premiere of Space Lakes by composer Greg Chudzick was given by Heavy Hands at Artist Outpost Resource in Queens NYC on Jan 7, 2012.
Heavy Hands double bass quartet gave the world premier of WELTS by composer Jonah Rosenberg at Artist Outpost Resources, Queens, New York on January 7th 2012.
Some great deep tone in Travis Gore’s performance of Henze’s S. Biagio 9 agosto ore 12.07
This piece was originally written for cello but Henze published it for double bass. Here, Jeff Bradetich performs it in a recital at University of North Texas.
Live recording from a recital by Barbé in March of 2011 in La Flèche, France. I really like the lyricism in this performance.
A great piece with all sorts of interesting things going on, showing different moods and tone colors.
Performed by Lisa Dowling at the Manhattan School of Music. I’ll definitely be posting more of her performances in the weeks ahead–she does quite a lot of interesting stuff.
Lisa Dowling and Annie Lyle perform as Kontraphonix, here performing Matt Aelmore’s WallpaperMusic at The Tank.