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Contrabass Conversations features interviews and performances from top leaders in the world of the bass. Podcast host Jason Heath dives deep into what makes these world-class artists tick. With over 2 million downloads, Contrabass Conversations is the most popular podcast for double bassists. Join the community and experience life on the low end of the spectrum!
 
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Rodney Jordan and Christian Fabian have recently released a new album of bass duos called Conversations. We chat about the idea behind this album, what it was like putting it together, and much more. Enjoy, and be sure to check out Conversations on Spotify, Apple Music, and wherever you listen to music! Subscribe to the podcast to get these intervi…
 
Rodney Jordan and Christian Fabian have recently released a new album of bass duos called Conversations. We chat about the idea behind this album, what it was like putting it together, and much more. Enjoy, and be sure to check out Conversations on Spotify, Apple Music, and wherever you listen to music! Subscribe to the podcast to get these intervi…
 
We’re chatting with Eleanor Martindale about this summer’s RCR Double Bass Camp, which will be coming up August 16-21 in Perpignan, France. We talk about how the camp is organized, the teachers that will be there, and much more. Enjoy, and you can learn more about the RCR Double Bass Camp on their website, Instagram, and Facebook! Subscribe to the …
 
We’re chatting with Eleanor Martindale about this summer’s RCR Double Bass Camp, which will be coming up August 16-21 in Perpignan, France. We talk about how the camp is organized, the teachers that will be there, and much more. Enjoy, and you can learn more about the RCR Double Bass Camp on their website, Instagram, and Facebook! Subscribe to the …
 
Christian Gray joined the double bass section of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra at the start of their 2017-2018 Season. Prior to his appointment, he performed frequently with numerous other ensembles, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and San Antonio Symphony. We talk about what life in an opera orches…
 
Christian Gray joined the double bass section of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra at the start of their 2017-2018 Season. Prior to his appointment, he performed frequently with numerous other ensembles, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and San Antonio Symphony. We talk about what life in an opera orches…
 
Ben Hanlon is a bassist in the Melbourne Symphony and is also an active jazz bassist. He and James Sherlock have recently released a new duo album titled Stravinsky, and his trio Ball Hanlon Schulz has also released a new album titled Land Of If. We talk about these new projects, life in Melbourne during the pandemic, and much more. Enjoy, and chec…
 
Ben Hanlon is a bassist in the Melbourne Symphony and is also an active jazz bassist. He and James Sherlock have recently released a new duo album titled Stravinsky, and his trio Ball Hanlon Schulz has also released a new album titled Land Of If. We talk about these new projects, life in Melbourne during the pandemic, and much more. Enjoy, and chec…
 
Noah Reitman has been assistant principal bass of the Vancouver Symphony since 2015 and is also currently the president of the Vancouver Musicians’ Association. He also coaches bass and chamber music at Idyllwild Arts in California in the summers. He is also on the faculty at the VSO School of Music where he teaches bass lessons and coaches chamber…
 
Noah Reitman has been assistant principal bass of the Vancouver Symphony since 2015 and is also currently the president of the Vancouver Musicians’ Association. He also coaches bass and chamber music at Idyllwild Arts in California in the summers. He is also on the faculty at the VSO School of Music where he teaches bass lessons and coaches chamber…
 
Bram De Man is a double bass luthier in Brussels, Belgium. After first studying as a bass player, at the age of 18, he was admitted to the Ghent Conservatory to study musical instrument making, graduating with a first-class distinction and receiving an honorary bequest for his research into D-violones and the early double bass. After these studies,…
 
Bram De Man is a double bass luthier in Brussels, Belgium. After first studying as a bass player, at the age of 18, he was admitted to the Ghent Conservatory to study musical instrument making, graduating with a first-class distinction and receiving an honorary bequest for his research into D-violones and the early double bass. After these studies,…
 
Travis Harrison is a freelance bassist in Toronto and a former member of the Winnipeg Symphony. As a former student of Joel Quarrington, Travis worked with Joel for many years to develop and refine the Canadian School of Double Bass, which has has been recently updated and released in a new edition for both fourths and fifths tuning. We talk about …
 
Travis Harrison is a freelance bassist in Toronto and a former member of the Winnipeg Symphony. As a former student of Joel Quarrington, Travis worked with Joel for many years to develop and refine the Canadian School of Double Bass, which has been recently updated and released in a new edition for both fourths and fifths tuning. We talk about Trav…
 
Wrapping up this three-part series with Karen Cubides was so fun! Karen is the host of The Musician's Guide podcast, as well as the Fempire to Inspire podcast. With a background in classical saxophone and orchestra admin, Karen set off to found her own marketing agency in Nashville-- the Karen Cubides Agency. Karen works with musicians of all strip…
 
Today’s episode features a conversation with Camellia Aftahi, Michael Martin, and Tyson Davis about Bass Players for Black Composers. This organization commissions and publishes new works for double bass by Black composers, and it is celebrating its one year anniversary with an ambitious fundraising campaign for future projects. We talk about the f…
 
Today’s episode features a conversation with Camellia Aftahi, Michael Martin, and Tyson Davis about Bass Players for Black Composers. This organization commissions and publishes new works for double bass by Black composers, and it is celebrating its one-year anniversary with an ambitious fundraising campaign for future projects. We talk about the f…
 
Today’s episode features a conversation with Paul Leverger, who heads the marketing team for the music score reading app Newzik. Newzik just rolled out a new LiveScores feature which uses Maestria, their AI-driven Optical Music Recognition technology. This new feature allows for any PDF or paper score to be turned into an interactive document. Enjo…
 
Today’s episode features a conversation with Paul Leverger, who heads the marketing team for the music score reading app Newzik. Newzik just rolled out a new LiveScores feature which uses Maestria, their AI-driven Optical Music Recognition technology. This new feature allows for any PDF or paper score to be turned into an interactive document. Enjo…
 
In part two of our three-part series on musicians who podcast, I had the pleasure of chatting with Jason Heath-- host of the Contrabass Conversations podcast. Jason started his podcast way back in 2007 (!!) and has continued with it on and off ever since. The show is now close to reaching 3 million downloads!!! Jason's career has been very multi-fa…
 
Patrick Staples is a bassist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and has begun making bows recently. We talk about growing up in Canada, moving to Los Angeles to attend Colburn and study with David Allen Moore and Paul Ellison, further studies with Tim Pitts at Rice University, and landing his job in Calgary. We also dig into how Patrick got st…
 
Patrick Staples is a bassist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and has begun making bows recently. We talk about growing up in Canada, moving to Los Angeles to attend Colburn and study with David Allen Moore and Paul Ellison, further studies with Tim Pitts at Rice University, and landing his job in Calgary. We also dig into how Patrick got st…
 
Christopher Jeffer is a double bassist and recording engineer who recently released a solo bass album titled Cat’s Cradle. We dig into the inspiration for this album, what he has learned about recording double bass, the challenging of doing this recording during the pandemic, goals for the future, and much more. Check out Cat’s Cradle on Spotify, A…
 
Christopher Jeffer is a double bassist and recording engineer who recently released a solo bass album titled Cat’s Cradle. We dig into the inspiration for this album, what he has learned about recording double bass, the challenge of doing this recording during the pandemic, goals for the future, and much more. Check out Cat’s Cradle on Spotify, App…
 
This month, we are doing a 3-part series featuring musicians who podcast! First up is the host of the Flute 360 podcast-- Heidi Kay Begay. Heidi started her podcast as part of her DMA project, and 3 years later it is going stronger than ever! Flute360 offers "a panoramic view of flute-related topics for the modern day musician." Heidi now has her o…
 
Trevor Jones and Jason talk about the behind-the-scenes work behind the launch of the Double Bass Blog Sheet Music Store in today’s special mini episode. Enjoy, and be sure to check out the store for over 100 titles covering different styles, techniques like harmonics, repertoire for solo double bass, 2 basses, and more! Every purchase goes directl…
 
Trevor Jones and Jason talk about the behind-the-scenes work behind the launch of the Double Bass Blog Sheet Music Store in today’s special mini-episode. Enjoy, and be sure to check out the store for over 100 titles covering different styles, techniques like harmonics, repertoire for solo double bass, 2 basses, and more! Every purchase goes directl…
 
Rob Knopper is a percussionist with the MET Orchestra, and he is a force of nature in the online learning world, with his popular auditionhacker program and other associated ventures. We talk about what the last few years have been like since our previous interview in 2016, how his online programs have evolved, what the pandemic has been like for h…
 
Rob Knopper is a percussionist with the MET Orchestra, and he is a force of nature in the online learning world, with his popular auditionhacker program and other associated ventures. We talk about what the last few years have been like since our previous interview in 2016, how his online programs have evolved, what the pandemic has been like for h…
 
In preparation for our June series with musicians who podcast, I'm bringing back the original trailer for the show. Listening back to the trailer has been a helpful reminder to me about why I started this podcast, how much growth it has experienced in the last 8 months, and how much growth I've experienced through producing the show! I am SO please…
 
Today’s episode features a discussion with the following luthiers about the 2021 Build a Bass event in conjunction with the virtual International Society of Bassists Convention: Dustin Williams Trevor Davis Joey Naeger Mitch Moehring Madeleine Crouch (ISB General Manager) Enter the 2021 ISB Build-a-Bass Sweepstakes by Saturday, June 12 at 11:59 PM …
 
Today’s episode features a discussion with the following luthiers about the 2021 Build a Bass event in conjunction with the virtual International Society of Bassists Convention: Dustin Williams Trevor Davis Joey Naeger Mitch Moehring Madeleine Crouch (ISB General Manager) Enter the 2021 ISB Build-a-Bass Sweepstakes by Saturday, June 12 at 11:59 PM …
 
Nicky Schwartz just released Stolen Pearls with his wife Anna Fedorova, including the most epic double bass album trailer ever. Nicky and Anna call themselves the Oyster Duo, and in this album they uncover all kinds of pieces not commonly played on bass. We talk about the new album, Nicky’s journey through the music world, what it’s like playing in…
 
Nicky Schwartz just released Stolen Pearls with his wife Anna Fedorova, including the most epic double bass album trailer ever. Nicky and Anna call themselves the Oyster Duo, and in this album they uncover all kinds of pieces not commonly played on bass. We talk about the new album, Nicky’s journey through the music world, what it’s like playing in…
 
Nina DeCesare recently joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2020 after spending several seasons playing with the Oregon Symphony. She studied at Rice University with Paul Ellison and leads an active performing and teaching life outside of the orchestra. We talk about what the pandemic has been like for her, auditioning for a job while holding…
 
Nina DeCesare recently joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2020 after spending several seasons playing with the Oregon Symphony. She studied at Rice University with Paul Ellison and leads an active performing and teaching life outside of the orchestra. We talk about what the pandemic has been like for her, auditioning for a job while holding…
 
Jonathan Borden is a double bassist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and a graduate of Juilliard. He has recently launched an awesome YouTube Channel and is filming detailed tutorials about all kinds of double bass topics. Jonathan Borden is a double bassist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and a graduate of Juilliard. He has recently…
 
Jonathan Borden is a double bassist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and a graduate of Juilliard. He has recently launched an awesome YouTube Channel and is filming detailed tutorials about all kinds of double bass topics. We dig deep into YouTube tech talk, the joys and challenges of being a “YouTuber,” Jonathan’s future plans for his chann…
 
Last installment of mental health awareness month! I wanted to ask New World flutist Leah Stevens to come on the show during mental health month because I have admired how transparent she is about her mental health struggles online. In addition to performing with the New World Symphony, she has served as principal flute with The Orchestra Now and s…
 
Tony Alcock is Double Bass Section Leader for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has previously been Principal double bass of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and section leader with the BBC Now (Wales), BBC SSO (Scotland), Scottish Opera and Co Principal with the Halle. We talk about all kinds of topics, including Tony’s path …
 
Tony Alcock is Double Bass Section Leader for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has previously been Principal double bass of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and section leader with the BBC Now (Wales), BBC SSO (Scotland), Scottish Opera, and Co-Principal with the Halle. We talk about all kinds of topics, including Tony’s path…
 
Isaac Trapkus joined the New York Philharmonic in November 2016. Before joining the Philharmonic he was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and, before that, principal double bass of the New Haven Symphony while he was studying with Leigh Mesh, associate principal bass of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Isaac also volunteers as a designer …
 
Isaac Trapkus joined the New York Philharmonic in November 2016. Before joining the Philharmonic he was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and, before that, principal double bass of the New Haven Symphony while he was studying with Leigh Mesh, associate principal bass of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Isaac also volunteers as a designer …
 
Continuing with Mental Health Awareness Month on the podcast... This week we have Rusty Holmes-- french horn player, teacher, and motivational speaker based in Austin, TX. In addition to being in the private teaching scene, Rusty plays in many orchestras in central Texas. During the pandemic, he developed his Musican's System for Success mental fit…
 
Marc Gelfo is the founder of Modacity, which has transformed my practice habits during the three years that I’ve been using it. We dig into what Marc has been up to since our last podcast chat, the power of deliberate practice, new features coming for Modacity, the new iPad edition, and more. Enjoy, and check out this special lifetime offer that Ma…
 
Marc Gelfo is the founder of Modacity, which has transformed my practice habits during the three years that I’ve been using it. We dig into what Marc has been up to since our last podcast chat, the power of deliberate practice, new features coming for Modacity, the new iPad edition, and more. Enjoy, and check out this special lifetime offer that Ma…
 
Erica Bramham just released Enamel, her third album, and her first self-recorded release. We talk about how the pandemic inspired these compositions, what it was like shooting the music videos for this album, what the pandemic has been like for her in Melbourne, thoughts on future projects, and such more. Enjoy, and be sure to check out Erica’s wor…
 
Welcome back to mental health awareness month here on The Unclassical Musician! This one is a must-listen! This week, I sat down with my good friend and master of social work Amanda Deligiannis to talk about some mental health issues pertaining to musicians, and the music school experience. Amanda started at DePaul as a music ed major, with french …
 
Mary Rannie is the principal double bass of the Victoria Symphony in British Columbia, Canada, the double bassist in the Galiano Ensemble, and former bass instructor at the University of Victoria. She is also the author of Gary Karr: Life on the G String, which chronicles the remarkable career of one of the most influential bassists in history. We …
 
Michael Fuller is currently a Resident Bass Fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Prior to that, he spent three seasons with the New World Symphony. We talk about Michael’s background, growing up in Philadelphia, discovering the bass, his time spent at Eastman and Rice, learning Sofia Gubaidulina’s Eight Studies for Double Bass, what the pandemic…
 
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