Bay Area's Musical Art Quintet makes the most of the double bass
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In 2008, double bassist and founder of the Musical Art Quintet, Sascha Jacobsen regularly attended the Sunday night chamber music jams at Cafe Revolution. But after his umpteenth time through Dvorak’s Opus 77, String quartet No. 2 in G major – one of the few chamber music standards that includes double bass – he realized that if he wanted to play something else, he’d have to write it himself. Now, after 3 years of experimentation, composition, and revision, Jacobsen presents Nuevo Chamber – an innovative collection of new chamber music that draws on unique musical traditions like tango, Afro-Cuban jazz and electronica to create songs that are complex, compelling, and universally appealing. KALW’s Jayme Catsouphes brings us this Bay Area Beats profile of the Musical Art Quintet.
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Aired on Crosscurrents on KALW public radio 91.7FM February 15, 2012
SASHA JACOBSEN: The Musical Art Quintet formed at Café Revolution during the Classical Revolution jam sessions that are held every Monday night. When we first founded Classical Revolution, the idea was to have a weekly classical jam session where people could just show up and read through chamber music. And I would show up. I’m a bassist, so there’s basically one piece of chamber music in the standard rep that has bass in it, and we played that piece. And then the next week, we played it again. And the following week, I was like, “Well, I don’t even really like this piece. I’m gonna have to write some new material.”
I ended up writing a piece and I would bring it in to Café Revolution and we would – whoever was there – would sight-read through it. Then the following week, I would write up another piece. I would be furiously composing and I would print it out. I would run down to the caf...
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