Solo Clevinger bass performance recorded live February 3, 2012, at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, Illinois. The performance was part of a Chicago Bass Ensemble concert featuring new music for double basses. This piece was called "Clevinjourney N71" in the printed program.
The notes in the program for this piece:
Throughout human history, shamans have used rhythm and sound to help travel to nonordinary reality in altered states of consciousness. Such journeys enable the shaman to seek the guidance of spirit helpers, and are usually performed for the healing of others and to help their communities. While ancient, time-tested methods are still common practice, many modern-day shamans have adapted these concepts for more contemporary settings as well. “Clevinjourneys” are long-form, mostly improvised works for 6-string Clevinger bass and effects pedals. They first came about as a collaboration with the shamans in my life who expressed interest in using music of the spirit as a vehicle for shamanic journeys. As the performer, I, too, am on a journey, taking care to keep the music interesting while maintaining a seamless flow.
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