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The podcast about all things business for music teachers and studio owners. Learn how to brand, market, and grow your music studio. Hear stories of creative music teachers who are taking on other cool entrepreneurial projects. Get answers to your self-employment questions from experts. Hosted by entrepreneur, business coach, and piano teacher, Andrea Miller.
 
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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Nick Tsiavos recently put out a new solo album titled Maps for Losing Oneself to considerable critical acclaim. We dig into the inspiration behind this latest solo album, what the pandemic has been like for him, the influence of Francois Rabbath and Barre Phillips on his music path, and much more. Enjoy, and be sure to check out more about Nick on …
 
Isaline Leloup has recently released an album of 18th Century Viennese Bass Music. We talk about how she got into historical performance, the inspiration behind the album, what it was like to record it, and much more. Enjoy, and be sure to check out Isaline’s album on Spotify and Apple Music, and learn more about her on Facebook and YouTube! Subscr…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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,…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 challenge of doing this recording during the pandemic, goals for the future, and much more. Check out Cat’s Cradle on Spotify, App…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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. We dig deep into YouTube tech talk, the joys and challenges of being a “YouTuber,” Jonathan’s future plans for his chann…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
Hey there! Just a quick pop in to say that I'm taking an early summer break this year. If you can call it a break... I'll be taking some time off from podcasting to welcome another little human into the world. I've already got an amazing lineup of episodes in the works for when I return, so make sure you're subscribed so you don't miss them when th…
 
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…
 
Today I’m talking to the owner of a high end music school in downtown Boston, that serves mostly adults. In this episode, you’ll hear about how the vision Alyssa had for her school has gradually come to fruition and how she’s grown as an entrepreneur, particularly in the area of finance, along the way. If you’ve been listening to the show for a whi…
 
Daniel Chiva Sanz recently recorded his own orchestration of the Second Double Bass Concerto Op. 25 by Findeisen. We dig into how this work was lost in a fire, leaving only the nearly impossible to play piano reduction. We also cover how Danny discovered the work, the compositional style of Findeisen, challenges and pleasures of learning this work,…
 
Peter Rofé has been a bassist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1986. He began his orchestral career as the principal bassist with the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera and held those posts for fourteen years. He also recently started a YouTube Channel where he sings and play bass with arrangements of classic songs. We talk about Pet…
 
A few months ago I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jamie Slutzky of the expand online podcast to talk about some of the many ways music teachers can expand their businesses. Today, I'm going to be rebroadcasting Jaime's show here on my feed. But before I do that I want to talk about the Expand Online Summit that I briefly mentioned at the end…
 
Kenneth Knudson recently released an album titled Uummat which was inspired by working on the Western Greenland island of Uummannaq. Knudsen was exposed to the vast, calm and awe-inspiring natural surroundings, which were the first catalyst for a new set of compositions. Soon, a second incidence added a new dimension to the music. During a dinner w…
 
Evangeline Tang, Phoebe Clarke and Yijia Cui started the Bassists with Boobs Instagram account in July 2020 to improve the online representation of bass players and create a positive and empowering community. We talk about their recent Leeds trip to do an interview with Geoff Chalmers of Discover Double Bass, the idea behind founding the channel, r…
 
We've talked about music publishing and app publishing and digital resource publishing on the podcast before, but in this episode we're talking about something different - fiction publishing! And what does this have to do with music teaching or studio ownership? Well, it just so happens that today's guest, Ashley Rescot, is a violin teacher who too…
 
Roberto Cassani has just released an intriguing new album titled Ansema We Stand. This album is a mix of world and folk music, blending the cultures of Scotland and rural northern Italy, Roberto’s two main homes with some of Scotland’s finest musicians. We talk about the new album, how the pandemic has been for him, his “other life” working in heal…
 
Mark Helias is a renowned bassist, composer, and producer who has performed throughout the world for more than four decades with some of the most important and innovative musicians in Jazz and Improvised Music including Don Cherry, Edward Blackwell, Anthony Davis, Dewey Redman, Anthony Braxton, Abbey Lincoln, Cecil Taylor, and Uri Caine. Mark recen…
 
Today’s guest is Stephanie Smith of Dynamic Doodle Co.. She’s another “accidental entrepreneur” who was pretty convinced that running a business other than a music studio was not something she’d ever want to do. But when she had an idea for a studio incentive program that would require investing $250 in a button machine, she decided to offer her bu…
 
Petru Iuga currently holds a professorship at the University of Music and Arts in Mannheim, Germany and Haute École de Musique de Lausanne. Having received his first training in his native Romania, he was selected by Yehudi Menuhin for the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad (Switzerland). After further training at the Hochschule der Küns…
 
Bernardo Alviz was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. He started his music studies at the age of 17 and holds a Bachelor's degree from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota as well as a Bachelor's and Master's degree from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin in Germany. Bernardo is a passionate performer of contemporary music and has perfor…
 
Today I’m talking to Nick Schlueter, the co-owner of a type of business that we haven’t had on the podcast before. For lack of a better term, I’d call it a dueling pianos talent agency, but I suspect my guest would say that’s too fancy for a venture he and his business partner started kind of on accident. In the interview we talk about how they got…
 
Shawn Conley leads an inspiring life playing all kinds of music. He has been playing with the Silkroad Ensemble for six years and is a member of the Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra The Knights. We talk about growing up in Hawaii, his paradigm-shifting first International Society of Bassists Convention and how it shaped his development, his path in…
 
Travis Gore has held a position with the Seattle Symphony and currently maintains a private studio of students in South Seattle. He remains an active studio musician and can be heard on major film and game soundtracks such as Men Who Stare at Goats, Valkyrie, Halo, Dragon Age and more. He has recorded with many recording artists like Bryan John App…
 
Today’s guest, Noa Kageyama, got an early start as a violinist studying with none other than THE Dr. Suzuki - founder of the Suzuki method. Everything was on track for his performance career when he took a class at Juilliard that exposed him to sports performance psychology and the trajectory of his career shifted. Today Noa’s sharing the startup s…
 
Learn about the latest Young Bassist program offerings for the 2021 International Society of Bassists Convention in this special episode! Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically! Check out our Online Sheet Music Store with 80+ wide-ranging titles for bassists. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free …
 
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