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contrabass-list Wed, 1 Oct 1997 Volume 1 : Number 2

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Date: Wed, 01 Oct 1997 11:57:03 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>


Well, we're online again! Scott has the new software (Post.Office) up an running, and it (obviously) generates digests. The only present glitch is that the list is set up for a maximum of 100 subscribers, and we have over 120. For the moment, I'll just forward a copy of the digest to the subscribers who didn't fit. Hopefully, we'll be able to adjust the limit and get everyone on.

The software lets you choose digests or immediate messages. I have signed everyone up for digests initially. If you would prefer the immediate messages, you can change your mode using Netscape (or Internet Explorer). Go to the Subscription Page , and select "immediate". If you get an error message (for example, saying you're not subscribed, or that the list is full), just let me know (gdgreen@contrabass.com) and I'll take care of it.


Date: Wed, 01 Oct 1997 12:01:39 -0700
From: Mark Trinko

Subject: Contrabassoon purchases and sales

Several people in the last few months have indicated a desire to buy or sell their contrabassoons. I have privately encouraged each of them to come to the contra-festival in Las Vegas Jan 5-8. I expect it should be quite a good forum for both parties to do business and try many different types all at the same place on the same day. Certainly you will hear performances of all types of contras made by both professionals and students.

Call me at (888) 395-8670 day
(800) 270-2616 night if questions

Date: Wed, 01 Oct 1997 12:02:20 -0700
From: Mark Trinko
Subject: : Las Vegas thing

I have added you to the Contra-fest mailing list (email). If you want a registration package send me your snail mail address.

Basically it is a coming together of all the contra players in the world (professional and student). It is a competition. It is lectures, masterclasses, recitals, pubvlic performances, jamming, Grand Finale concert.

It cost you $150. This allows you to do everything.

I have negotiated great airfares and waivers for excess baggage for the instruments. I have found great cheep hotels and will assign you with someone else or you can pay extra for single.

It is Jan 5-8, 1998.

Not everyone competes. Some just come to hang out. There are booths.

Fox Products is a major sponsor and Chip Owen will be there to go over your contra, no matter who made it!

The event is sponsored by my Lions club. Last years event had contra players from 4 continents.


Date: Wed, 01 Oct 1997 12:03:19 -0700
From: Sydney R. Polk

Subject: : Upcoming concerts

Three shindigs this time:

Sunday, October 12, 2 PM; Jackson Theater, Gary Soren Smith Center of the Performing Arts, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA

The Ohlone Wind Symphony will present its fall concert. We are playing music with a space theme this time, and we will have slide shows from NASA to go with the music. We are playing three movement from Gustav Holst's The Planets, Suite from Star Wars, American Overture for Band, etc. We are also featuring a trombone soloist and Bugler's Holidayas performed by three euphonium players, including San Jose Symphony's Tony Clements. I will be playing bass clarinet and contra-alto clarinet (and perhaps contrabass clarinet) at this concert.

Thursday, October 16, 8 PM; Jackson Theater, Gary Soren Smith Center of the Performing Arts, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA.

The CHOPS Big Band will present its fall concert featuring Greg Abate, nationally famous alto saxophonist. I will be playing bartione sax and bass clarinet at this concert.

Saturday, October 18, 8 PM; Princeton Inn, Princeton-by-the-Sea, CA.

The CHOPS Big Band will play at the Princeton Inn. Whereas the above concert is geared more toward modern big band, this date is our standard big band set. I will be playing baritone sax, bass clarinet, and flute at this gig.


Date: Wed, 01 Oct 1997 12:04:13 -0700
From: Michel Jolivet
Subject: Sarrusophones etc.

I am ecstatic to report that my Triebert Bb bass sarrusophone is back from being totally restored. It is truly magnificent and plays beautifully. It has a gold bell interior, gold engraving, gold bocal ( ie. plated ), satin silver body and bright silver plated key work, guards and ferrules. Obviously all new corks and pads. It plays in tune and is my pride and joy!! I'll have to figure out a way to get photos of it on the net.

I am practicing and plan on doing a recital in the near future - sort of a lecture demonstration. If possible I would like to do something similar for the IDRS convention.

If anyone has access to sarrusophone music please let me know - I am aware of a solo for bass sarrusophone and brass band by Blauckemann, but can only imagine it could be located at the National Bibliotheque in Paris and I'm not sure how to contact them. Also, Francis Casadesus wrote a Prelude and fugue for contrabass sarrusophone and piano. Does anyone have these works???? If anyone has the method by Mimart and would like to sell it please contact me. Naturally I am also on the lookout for the method written by Coyon.

If there are any sarrusophonists living in the Pacific NW, let me know so we can play duets!! I recall that a subscriber to this list actually owns a complete set of sarrusophones - I would love to hear what makes they are and what kinds of reeds are used - have you thought of doing the Gounod sextette? Does anyone have the music to the sextette? I understand that the performance at the 1992 IDRS convention was a reconstruction from a piano score; does anyone have that?

My wife, who is primarily a flutist, has developed a bizarre fascination with the contrabass flute. Where does one purchase such an instrument and what do they cost. If Marian Garver reads this, please e-mail me so that my wife can talk to you!!

I ordered a bass sordun reed from the Early Music Shop and anxiously await it to see if it plays better on my sarrusophone reed than a contrabassoon reed. Anyone tried both?

That's it for now!!! Michel Jolivet

Date: Wed, 01 Oct 1997 12:18:56 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: CD Review

CD Review:

"Compositions for Contrabass Saxophone" by Thomas K.J. Mejer (1996, earup CD 1003) is a disc that features the contrabass sax (cbs) on every track. If I recall correctly, he plays a new cbs made by ORSI (Milan, Italy). The disc is pretty much avant garde: don't expect to hear any Bach chorales :-)

The tracks:

  1. The Awakening of Atman (cbs solo, + 2fl, ob, cl, 2 trp, tbn, tuba, cello, bass)
  2. Quelle (2 sopranino saxes, 2 cbs)
  3. Hjalmundalsa (cbs + tape)
  4. Lieber ein Saxophon (cbs + tape)
  5. Tartarelischer Tanz I (cbs)
  6. diarrho kani
  7. Schwarzer Schatten (cbs)
  8. Midnight Siblings (cbs + tape)
  9. Resonances of Ancient Sins (Kontra trio: cbs, tuba, fl/picc/sub-cb flute, + perc.)
  10. Fall (sopranino sax, cbs)
  11. Concerto Grosso (cbs, cello, bass, 2fl, ob, cl, 2trp, tbn, tuba)


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