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A Folk Music for the Double Bass

During the past years, I have come closer to discovering my own musical voice, as it speaks through the double bass. Though my musical training might have followed a line of rather conventional musical practice, it was continually ensued by an evolving thought regarding the contextualization of this instrument-specific language of music, which I have come to call a folk music for the double bass – an approach that strongly relates to the aspirations of the great Italian double bass player and composer Stefano Scodanibbio who says that he wants “to allow the contrabass to sing with its own voice”.1 During the 1980s Scodanibbio discovered this voice, that comes from the instrument itself, as being based on the possibilities the instrument offers. The main discovery that furthered the establishment and refining of such a language was the expansion of flageolet techniques, the most evident of these being the interchanging of ordinary tones and flageolets. This conception of a music that is in a sense rooted in the instruments very own qualities and characteristics, a folk music for the double bass, so to speak, has been the main goal in creating my own music, and my aspiration in publishing the sounding results of my works for double bass on my CD Light.2 To create a composed music, bound by intricate fixed rhythms, melodic shapes and forms, but yet to evince the sounding impressions of improvisation. My music thus follows a tradition that is based upon the exploration of those sounds that can be particularly well expressed through the double bass. The overtones enable a new world of sounds, while at the same time strengthening the link to the fundamentals of all sound.