“CRUMP COAXED FROM HIS BASS THE KIND OF STRIKING, SPECTRAL SOB THAT MAKES AUDIENCES WANT TO ERUPT IN APPLAUSE” - L.A. Magazine

My solo performance journey got a jump-start by Mark Dresser, who invited me to perform at the New Music Summit of the 2009 International Society of Bassists convention.  Solo performance is a challenge I had been wanting to pursue for some time, so, although quite frightened, I jumped at the opportunity.  The program I put together is called Seven Improvisations: Modes of Expression and explores different points of departure for improvisation, from fully open to being based on melodic or rhythmic fragments, smaller structures to entire song forms.  It is a richly rewarding and empowering experience to put on an entire concert alone with my bass while trying to make it a compelling journey for all involved. Ever since, I’ve tried to book solo performances semi-regularly and am starting to ponder the notion of making a solo album. We’ll see…

Solo

STEPHAN CRUMP · acoustic bass

 

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