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
Another two year interval since writing in this space. It has been an interesting period for all of us, and I can't help but feel like I've spent most of that time in uncharted waters. Performing opportunities have largely returned to their pre-pandemic levels. I've been fortunate to once again tour the US with the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Natalie Stutzmann and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. JBD MusicWorks released the Flamingos EP, showcasing a huge leap forward for the group. We recorded this Dan Gallery-written, Brent Edmondson/Joe Benjamin-orchestrated orchestral work in Prague in November 2021, premiered the work at the Music School of Delaware with the Wilmington Community Orchestra in March 2022, and now are preparing to record audio and video with the Pennsylvania Philharmonic in July 2022. Catch the public performance in Pottstown at the Hill School on Friday, July 15th!
JBD returns in July also with the Six EP, a showcase of guitar playing by John Lilley with horn arrangements co-written by Dan Gallery and myself.
I am eagerly awaiting the premiere of Toxic Avenger, on which I was privileged to work with the Blair Brothers. Legendary Films, Peter Dinklage, Kevin Bacon, Elijah Wood...how is this my life?!
There will be a few opportunities to catch me performing live this summer. The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra performs at Dilworth Plaza (City Hall Philadelphia) June 9th, and again on July 4th, with a television broadcast from Independence Mall. The Lancaster Symphony performs at Longs Park on July 17th. There's plenty more to come, so drop me a line and let's stay in touch!
I couldn't have imagined when I last updated in February what plans the world had in store for me and indeed for all of us. With so many performances scuttled until further notice, I feel incredibly fortunate to have begun my exploration of the recording world when I did (and not a moment too soon!). Since my last rehearsal on March 13, 2020, I have been sequestered in Philadelphia honing the craft of audio and video recording to help advance the cause of myself and my fellow musicians.
During the month of June, I was cast deep into the world of online production as the Technical Director and Producer for Wabass Institute. Previously, I had spent 5 years as the administrator for Wabass, in addition to two years as a student. Though I didn't get to enjoy another June week in Wabash, IN, I was able to delve deep into Zoom, Logic Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, and whatever else was needed to bring across the epic final recital premiere, a feat for all the students involved and for the bass community overall. I look forward to more endeavors capitalizing on the skills I gained here.
If you are a musician in need of video creation, audio recording advice or assistance, mixing or mastering, let's get in touch. You can find examples of my work on the Musician Services page.
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. You can bet I'll be back at it for the next competition.
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