International Bass Convention at Ithaca College, June 5-10


June 5-10 ISB Convention at Ithaca College is All About the Bass

ITHACA, N.Y. – What does it take to build a double bass from scratch to concert hall in less than a week?

Find out when Ithaca College hosts the International Society of Bassists (ISB) 50th Anniversary Convention on its campus June 5 through 10, 2017. The membership event will attract nearly 1,500 attendees - bassists and their family members and guests, collaborative musicians, bass makers and vendors - from over 30 countries, participating in more than 150 performances, masterclasses, workshops, and exhibits. Each day offers a musical feast of concerts, seminars, workshops, lecture-demonstrations, panel discussions, master classes, and vendor exhibits.

Highlights include:

• Ithaca College Associate Professor of Music, Nicholas Walker, will be inducted as ISB's new president. Walker, Artistic Director and Chair of the 2017 Convention, is a celebrated performer in the classical and jazz idioms, an innovative composer/player, and inspired pedagogue. More about Walker here:

• The unveiling of The Scott LaFaro Archives, to be housed at Ithaca College. The archives include manuscripts, recordings, correspondences, photos and the famous player’s restored instrument, as well as a Kolstein copy of it. LaFaro, who died in a tragic car accident in 1961, was a student at Ithaca College before launching his groundbreaking but all too brief career as a jazz bassist, most notably with the Bill Evans Trio. LaFaro continues to inspire modern players with his gifted style. Barrie Kolstein, luthier and president of Kolstein Music in Baldwin, New York, has made a gift of LaFaro's double bass to the ISB, which he, himself, lovingly restored over a decade after the accident.

• A group of more than 20 double bass makers led by Paul Hart will undertake the ambitious feat of building a double bass –from scratch – in one week of uninterrupted tag-team collaboration, working around the clock in IC’s Dillingham Center prop and scene shop.

• The convention begins with international juries judging Six Competitions for performances in the jazz, solo classical, orchestral, and young bassist genres, as well as in bass-making. A week-long Young Bassists program will connect the next generation to the biggest names and most celebrated pedagogues of our time. And the mid-day Adult Learner forum is the perfect venue for non-professional bass enthusiasts.

For more information, or to cover this exciting event, contact Nicholas Walker:

Among ISB headliners:

Tues. June 6, 2017: Gary Karr (Keynote Speaker), Samuel Suggs & Mike Forfia (2015 ISB Solo & Jazz Competition Winners)

Tues. June 6, 2017: Alexandra Scott, Larry Grenadier

Wed. June 7, 2017: Rick Stotijn, François Rabbath

Thurs. June 8, 2017: Rex Surany, Christian McBride

Fri. June 9, 2017: Joel Quarrington, Sebastien Dubé

Sat. June 10, 2017: Matthew McDonald, Mark Dresser


For a complete information please visit the following links:


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