Double Bass Composer
M E D I A
Listen now to Flamingos, a JBD MusicWorks production. Recorded by the City of Prague Philharmonic at Smecky Studios.
2 pieces from the soundtrack of #1 Netflix series Night Stalker, composed by myself and featuring Chi Park Edmondson on viola and myself on bass.
N E W S
November 24, 2023
Lots to be thankful for in this season of harvest and renewal!
I'm writing this after a whirlwind 8-show tour with The Rock Orchestra by Candlelight. Following 3 days of intense rehearsal, I was bestowed with the bass chair with this incredible organization, after which we burned down 8 sold-out houses across the Northeast US. This opportunity closed a circle that began for me all the way back in middle school when I first became awakened to music in general, and classic rock/metal in particular. Those who have seen me on stage know how well suited I am to a concert where head-banging and singing along are welcomed elements.
A symptom of my own bad planning and my eagerness to launch a personal project led to another success this week, the first performance of my Semi Multicolored Caucasian Quintet with a performance in Philadelphia's Rydal Waters Clubhouse.
Check out the SMC tab to learn more about this project, which I plan to record with my fabulous colleagues in Summer 2024. SMC gives me the opportunity to present a program of my own arrangements, showcasing the double bass as solo voice as well as rhythm section. To say I'm thrilled with the feedback and excited for the possibilities ahead doesn't begin to cover it!
December holds orchestral performances with the Lancaster Symphony, Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and Delaware Symphony, much more artistic work, and planning for future touring opportunities. Stay close and watch this space for more good news!
Drawing on my experience playing with legendary erhu artist Qin Qian, I developed this arrangement of Erquan Yingyue (Moon Reflected on the Second Fountain) for string orchestra. Naturally, there is a bass solo or two as well as a lot of string specific techniques. Performed by the brilliant musicians of the Pennsylvania Philharmonic and featuring violin soloist Nina Vieru Zubaidi.
Check the Arrangements page for more info!
My entry into the Indie Film Music Competition 2020. The animation provided so much inspiration for orchestral colors. This is my first orchestral composition since college, and while it was neither perfect nor a competition winner, I'm very happy to share it with the world.
F E A T U R E D R E V I E W S
“A bassist of fine technical and musical abilities”
Edwin Barker, Principal Bass, Boston Symphony Orchestra
“His ability to communicate is really phenomenal.”
Hal Robinson, Principal Bass, Philadelphia Orchestra
"One of the most interesting and finest hours of music that we have ever experienced."
Bonnie and Mike, SMC Quintet attendees