Saturday, 26 January 2008

Jazzy double bass duets

For the jazz lovers, here is a link to a You-Tube clip of Christian McBride & Niels Pederson playing jazz tunes of Bye Bye Blackbird, composed by Ray Henderson and Mort Dixon in 1926, on the double bass in a duet performance. I like the interesting melody line and rhythms.

Many thanks to Jason Heath for pointing me to the above clip.

Christian McBride e Niels Pederson - Bye Bye Blackbird

Sunday, 13 January 2008


"Are you intimidated by large orchestra concerts?
Or, have you had enough of radio that you now crave for some 'live' music?

Be treated to an array of bite-sized pieces from classical to contemporary, brought to you by the NUS Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensembles! We present you Miniatures, where you can see your favourite instruments of the orchestra take the centre-stage!

With a flute duet, an oboe quartet, a percussion ensemble and a bass ensemble among our string quartets, spend a lovely evening enjoying works from Mozart to Gershwin as we bring both the instruments and their players up-close and personal! "

ExxonMobil Campus Concerts
by NUS Symphony Orchestra
(a member of NUS Centre For the Arts)
23 January 2008, Wednesday, 8pm
University Cultural Centre Theatre
Free Admission

Programme includes:
- Blues-Style by Tony Osborne (Double bass trio, Performed by d'Bassists)
- "American" String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, 1st Mvt, by Antonin Dvořák
- Andante et rondo for two flutes and a piano Op. 25, by Franz Doppler
- Por Una Cabeza – Tango, by Carlos Gardel
- Concertante for Violin, Viola, Mvt 2 & 3, by W. A. Mozart
and more!

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Tina Ward's article: Empty seats - What can musicians do?

Above Photo: Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore. is the Orchestra Musician Forum. offers quite a number of insightful articles for musicians who play in orchestras.

I came across an insightful article by Tina Ward, titled Empty Seats - What Can We Do?. Do check it out.

Here's a short quote from the article:

Although most orchestras present many concerts a year, each concert is unique and can never be truly duplicated. It is the spontaneity, atmosphere, and excitement that, for me, set live music apart from recordings and create a truly unique, special, and magical event. A concert is a one-of-a-kind, totally handmade product....

...What Can We (as musicians) Do?

If this seems of interest to you, read the article here: