making the contrabass contemporary

The double bass is a prime instrument for new music both composed and improvised. But it wasn’t always that way. In Percorsi Musicali I take a brief look at the renaissance of the double bass in the mid-20th century and the essential role played by Bertram Turetzky.


the mindbreath trio (prepare)


The Mindbreath Trio–Sam Byrd on percussion, Perry Conticchio on reeds and flutes, myself on bass–will be helping to open three nights of creative improvised music at Union Arts on Saturday evening, starting at 7:00. It promises to be an exciting event. More information here.

dcic reunion

The beginning of a new year is a good time for fresh starts, but it’s also a good time to renew old bonds. DC Improvisers Collective (DCIC) was the first free improv group I played with when I returned to music in the early 2000s; tomorrow night I rejoin them for a set at Union Arts. The lineup will be Jon Matis on piano; Mike Sebastian on reeds; Ben Azzara on drums; Ben Redwine on clarinet; John Kamman on guitar; and me on double bass.

Here‘s a video excerpt of a 2006 performance of DCIC with Greg Osby.