Tucson Bass Jam

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Tucson Bass Jam

January 12



Tucson Bass Jam

University of Arizona 

Fred Fox School of Music 

1017 N. Olive Road


The Tucson Bass Jam is an ASTA-sponsored clinic for beginning, intermediate, and advanced
double bass students, music educators, and community bass players of any age from
Southern Arizona. Participants will participate in workshops, rehearse as a bass orchestra,
and give an informal performance at the end of the day.

If you are an orchestra teacher or adult learner, we will have a special class designed to
help you develop your double bass technique. Please bring an instrument and bow.


Faculty Director: Dr. Philip Alejo , University of Arizona (palejo@email.arizona.edu)
Lead Teachers, Young Bassists Program: Lisa Brown and Liane Munger
Guest Artist: Dr. Robert Matheson, Dixie State University

Registration and Fees

The registration fee per student for the Tucson Bass Jam is $20. Students will need to bring
their own instruments, bows, and endpin stopper. Parents, teachers, or other chaperones
may accompany their students to Tucson Bass Jam free of charge. We request that any
student 13 or under be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or adult chaperone during the
event. Limited fee waivers are available for students with need. Contact Philip Alejo for
more information.

Participants should visit and register on the AZ-ASTA website. Registration
on the day of the event will be possible, but not recommended.


Experience Level Assignments

Using the descriptions below, consult with your teacher to determine your performance
level. Participants will be divided into four levels.
Level 1:  Advanced Bassists able to perform in upper positions and read tenor clef.
Level 2:  Bassists comfortable with all positions to first-octave harmonic.
Level 3:  Bassists comfortable with the notes in first, second, and third positions.

Level 4:  Bassists with an understanding of first and half position notes.



12-12:30 PM        . . . . .     Arrival and registration at FFSoM

12:30 PM              . . . . .     Introduction, bass orchestra rehearsal

1:30 PM                . . . . .     Technique classes

2:15-2:30 PM       . . . . .     Break

2:30 PM                . . . . .     Masterclass with Guest Artist, YB Masterclass

3:30 PM                . . . . .     Special class with Guest Artist, YB Breakout

4:30-4:45 PM       . . . . .     Bass orchestra run-through

4:45-5:00 PM       . . . . .     Break

5:00 PM                . . . . .     Final Performance


Guest Artist Dr. Robert Matheson

Double bassist and music technologist Robert Matheson incorporates elements of classical,
jazz, and contemporary music into his original works. In his solo performances, he achieves a
fluid interaction between acoustic and electro-acoustic music. His performance setup allows
him to perform live electro-acoustic music while maintaining the integrity of the natural,
acoustic sound of the bass.

Robert has performed with ensembles representing a wide range of musical genres, including
the Ironwood Duo, Portable Masterpieces, and the Tucson Chamber Orchestra. Solo and
ensemble performances have taken him throughout the United States and to Europe.

Robert Matheson received a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in bass performance from the
University of Arizona where he studied bass performance with Patrick Neher and music
technology with Dr. Norman Weinberg and Dr. Craig Walsh. He previously studied bass
performance with Barry Green at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Dr. David Young at
California State University, Long Beach. Robert lives in Saint George, Utah where he teaches
double bass, music technology, and musicology at Dixie State University and performs in the
orchestra at Tuacahn Center for the Arts.







January 12


University of Arizona
1017 N Olive Rd, Tucson
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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