Bass Masterclass | STEUART LIEBIG | Oct 23

October 23, 2017 @ 10:15 am – 11:45 am
Room 205 - LACM South
300 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
Open to the Public with RSVP
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Bass Masterclass | STEUART LIEBIG | Oct 23 @ Room 205 - LACM South | Pasadena | California | United States

Bass Masterclass

Monday, October 23rd
10:15am – 11:45am

LACM South | Room 205

Open to the Public with an RSVP
Attendance required for all Bass Performance Majors.
Limited alumni and guest seating available.

Join us for an up close visit with Contrabassguitarist/improviser/composer Steuart Liebig, the one-of-a-kind visionary heralded as “the nonpareil rethinker of electric bass.
Contrabassguitarist-composer Steuart Liebig has had a varied “non-career” in music. Hearing Renaissance vocal music alongside 20th-century classics and jazz at an early age and then later hearing some of the cutting-edge rock music of 1960s Los Angeles and many traveling blues bands at the legendary Ash Grove probably started him on a path that would include many different types of music. Taking up the electric bass in his early teens, his first playing experiences were, like many of his generation, involved in the rock and blues worlds. In high school he was introduced to jazz, though he often found himself bored with many of the mainstream sounds presented to him and started to search out more “exotic” strains of improvised music. In his early college days, he was lucky enough to find people who were sympathetic and with whom he would have long-lasting musical relationships. At the age of 19 he began a three-year stint playing rhythm guitar with soul-jazz pianist-singer Les McCann (playing on four albums). Feeling the need to develop a broader knowledge of classical music (and to get back to the bass!), he quit Les’ band and returned to university, where he studied classical contrabass, music history and composition. During this period he also wrote for and played in original rock and jazz bands. After graduating he realized that the life of a symphony bassist was not going to do and decided to start a rock band. This band (BLOC) eventually went on to get the “fabled” major-label recording contract, put out an album and, like many rock bands, self-immolate. Luckily, Steuart had not put all of his musical eggs in one basket and had been playing with noted saxophonist-composer Julius Hemphill as well as various members of the Los Angeles improvised music community. He was also doing much self-study in “classical” composition. This self-study resulted in some 20 works, including a symphony, two string quartets, two string quintets, a piano quartet and several pieces for large orchestral forces.
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