There’s a joke among jazzers:
Q. How do marriage counselors get two people to talk?
A. Play them a tape of bass solos.
Well think again. The instrument that often occupies the back wall is about to show off a little on Tuesday at lunchtime, in a concert that promises the same poetry and lyricism that is the domain of every member of the string family (see video below—which has almost a half million views, by the way).
On Tuesday at 1:00 pm, feast on the range and the great groove that only a bass can provide with University of Illinois faculty bassist John Floeter. He’ll warm up the room with a little Mozart and Rossini, and then shift gears into an upbeat and vibrant quartet by WFMT’s own composer-in-residence, Seth Boustead.
Rossini: Duet for Cello and Double bass
Mozart: Per Questa Bella Mano (Piano, Voice, Bass)
Jan Alm: Quartet #2 for Double Basses
Seth Boustead: Sawtooth Hammer (Bass Quartet)
Douglas Johnson: Canon of Muses (Bass Quartet)
Double Bassists: John Floeter, Douglas Johnson, Jonathan Cegys, Eric Snoza
Violoncello/Piano: Linc Smelser
Bass-baritone: Gerard Sundberg