Thursday, April 24, 2014

My Summer Plans, Karr Kamp

This summer I will be attending Gary Karr's Karr Kamp.  Gary Karr is known to be the worlds leading double bass soloist.  He was actually the first bassist to pursue "soloist" as a main career.  His debut was with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic.  In June of 2001, Gary played his farewell concert in front of over 800 bassist at the International Society of Bassist convention, which he also founded that organization. I became aware of Gary while studying at The Hartt School, where he taught double bass before my former teacher, Robert Black of Ban on a Can All-stars.  Gary was actually the former teacher of Robert Black when he attended the Hartt School.

This summer I will have the pleasure of studying with Gary for the last time in history, during the last summer of his four week bass intensive camp in Victoria, BC.  The camp is held on the beautiful University of Victoria campus.  Bassist are chosen on a first come first serve basis, and rage in age from 18-97.  There is no audition, but you must have a serious love for the double bass.  Each morning we will have class from 9am-4pm, starting each morning with a 90 min intensive technical double bass work out, in which Gary will instill his approach to the bass in all of us.  The rest of the day will consist of student performances and master class style lessons.  In the afternoon we will all play in the bass ensemble, getting us ready for what has become one of Victoria's most popular events, Basses Loaded!

Review of Basses Loaded  

While we are there, we will also get to explore the many offering of Victoria as well as taking an annual trip to the Butchart Gardens.

This is truly going to be a life changing experience, and I am excited to hear how my playing is changed by the amazing Gary Karr.

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