WHO: Weber State University Department of Performing Arts
WHAT: Barry Green, guest lecturer, "Bringing Music to Life"
WHEN Tuesday, 8 March 2011, 10:30 am
WHERE Garrison Choral Room, BC136, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts
Weber State University Department of Performing Arts presents guest lecturer Barry Green, Tuesday, 8 March 2011, 10:30 am in the .Garrison Choral Room, BC136, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. This lecture addresses material from his new book "Bringing Music to Life." Barry is the former principal bassist of the Cincinnati Symphony and now lives in California where he teaches and he is currently directing a young bassist program for the San Francisco Symphony Education Department. This lecture is free and open to the public.
About Barry Green
Barry Green, a native Californian, served as Principal Bassist of the Cincinnati Symphony for 28 years, and more recently Principal Bassist of the California Symphony and ‘Sun Valley, Idaho Summer Symphony. As former Executive Director of the International Society of Bassists, he is currently directing a young bassist program for the San Francisco Symphony Education Department, teaches privately at Stanley Intermediate in Lafayette and at the U. of Calif. Santa Cruz and has organized the Northern California Bass Club.
Green was the first bass soloist ever to solo with the Cincinnati Symphony in 1970 when he commissioned Frank Proto to write the Concerto for Bass and Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel. He has since twice appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony under the late Maestro Thomas Schippers who personally commission the Frank Proto Violin and Double Bass Concerto (with Ruggiero Ricci). In 1993 Green performed Jon Deak’s concerto/Jack and the Beanstalk conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos.. He most recently performed the Deak concerto in February 2005 with the US Air Force Band in Wash DC, Constitution Hall. Barry is known for his creative and eclectic ‘Green Machine’ concerts including the bass in jazz, folk, contemporary and world music in combination with, dance, voice, art and theater.
Green has written three books on the ‘mind-body and spirit’ of performing musicians. He is author of the Doubleday book The Inner Game of Music, with W. Timothy Gallwey, (1986) which deals with musicians reaching their potential in performance and learning which has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide. He has written seven Inner Game of Music Workbooks published by GIA Music for keyboard, voice, instruments and ensembles. Green’s 2nd book, The Mastery of Music, Ten Pathways to True Artistry published by Broadway/Doubleday in May 2003. The Mastery of Music is based interviews with over 120 world famous musicians on topics of courage, passion, creativity, discipline, humility etc. It deals with qualities of greatness from the human spirit that transcend all professions. Jazz and classical artists interviewed include Dave Brubeck, Bobby McFerrin, Joshua Bell, Frederica von Stade, Christopher Parkening, Evelyn Glennie, Gary Karr, Jeffrey Kahane and many more. Green most recent book is called Bringing Music to Life is published by GIA Music, 2009 and exploring three techniques of breath, pulse and movement that allow the musician to channel expression through their bodies. This work is based on exploring creativity and inspiration through collaboration with the great improvisation cellist David Darling and his organization called Music for People.
Barry is active as a bass soloist, recording artist, author and teacher. Green has been performing for young audiences in schools in the Bay Area as well as performs bass workshops and concerts on tour throughout the world. Green has studied with the legendary bassist François Rabbath. Green’s wrote two bass method books for bass: The Popular Bass Method in three volumes in collaboration with Bay Area jazz bassist Jeff Neighbor and Advanced Techniques of Double Bass Playing. Green’s recent CD recordings include Ole-Cool with colleagues from Spain and American and Live from St. Croix in recital with pianist James Hart as well as a jazz inspired recording with Lenny Carlson called Seat of the Pants.