ALL ABOUT THE BASS

CALLING ALL BASS PLAYERS AND BAND DIRECTORS!  You are invited to attend a day devoted to the double bass!  The MCMA Bass Day will take place on SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018 and will be led by MCMA faculty member and WSO musician TRAVIS HARRISON.

There will be three parts to this day-long event, starting with a double bass technique class, continuing with a public masterclass, and ending with a public recital. All double bassists are encouraged to come and take part, regardless of age, experience, or playing style – there is something for everyone to learn!

Technique Class: the technique class will be a closed event for workshop participants only, open to bassists with at least one year of experience in playing. You will be required to bring your own bass and bow, and we will spend approximately 2 hours going through basic to advanced technical exercises focused around those found in The Canadian School of Double Bass technique book. This technique is useful for both classical and jazz musicians of any experience level. A copy of the exercises will be provided for participants.

Public Masterclass: the masterclass is a performance by a student followed by a formal public lesson, and will be open to anyone from the public (auditors, other bassists, family, friends) who wants to listen. There will be 4 performers who are encouraged to play a piece of music up to 10 minutes in length. This can be anything from a technical study to a sonata movement to an orchestral audition piece or concerto. Approximately 30 minutes will be spent with each performer. Performers are encouraged to perform with their own accompanist, though this is not mandatory.

Recital: to finish off the day, there will be a public recital around 1 hour in length given by Travis, and possibly also some chamber music performed by Bass Day participants. This is open to anyone and everyone, the more the merrier!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

10 am – 5 pm

MCMA, Bryce Hall, University of Winnipeg

Instructor: Travis Harrison

Registration Fee: $20

(NOTE: Participants are responsible for providing their own lunch. There will be a 60 minute lunch break.)

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