Big Bottoms (Encore)


On this New Sounds, there's new music for bass, both electric and upright, bowed, plucked, or slapped, some bottom-heavy and grounding, some emotive and noodley - like the moody suite for electric bass by Jeffrey Roden, called "Seeds of Happiness." There's also music about salt. Yes, salt and salt marshes.

Listen for texture-rich music for by Marie-Soleil Belanger and Normand Guilbeault which pairs violins or erhu (Chinese two-stringed fiddle) with double bass. Plus, Tom Johnson's "Failing – a very difficult piece for bass," music by Basso Bongo, Robert Black, and more.

PROGRAM #2680, New Music for Bass (First aired on Monday, 5/21/07)





Edgar Meyers & Joshua Bell

Short Trip Home

Concert Duo, Mvt 2 [5:30]

Sony Classical #60864** *

Jeffrey Roden

Seeds of Happiness

On Awakening [3:00]

New Albion #133

Marie-Soleil Belanger & Normand Guilbeault

Les Salines

Les Salines 1 [4:30]

Actuelle #160

Gavin Bryars

Farewell To Philosophy

By The Vaar, epilogue [3:00]

Point #454126 Out of print. Try auction sites or* More info at

Jeffrey Roden

Seeds of Happiness

Rift [2:30]

See above.

Bang on a Can

Live, Vol. 1

Tom Johnson: Failing [8:00]

CRI #628, out of print, but available at

Robert Black

State of the Bass

Big And Cheap [7:00]

O.O. Discs #14

Michael Manring


Greetings Earthlings! [5:00]

Manthing #09470

David Friesen


Sitka In The Woods [6:00]

Global Pacific #79338 Try* or auction sites