8 & 9 June 2019

François Rabbath with the Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest and more new names for Dutch Double Bass Festival 2019!

Legendary Syrian bassist, François Rabbath will be coming to the Netherlands for the second edition of the Dutch Double Bass Festival. François and his son, pianist Sylvain Rabbath, will be forming a unique collaboration with the Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest. This act completes Saturday evening’s line up for the Dutch Double Bass Festival. The festival shows that the double bass and bass guitar are essential elements to all good music by programming acts that touch and excite every music lover and also have the bass in the main role. The programme is comprised of a varied mix of more than twelve (inter)national acts. Classical, Jazz, World and Crossover are all represented in the festival programme. Dutch Double Bass Festival takes place on the 8th and 9th of June 2019 in Rotterdam at the Oude Luxor Theater and Villa Thalia. Artistic director of the festival is double bass player James Oesi. Check the whole line up in the timetable and buy your tickets here.

Legendary bassist, François Rabbath (1931) was born in Aleppo, Syria. It was here at the age of 13 that he began to teach himself the double bass. Following a brief stint at the Paris Conservatoire, the young François began to earn his living as an accompanist for, among others, Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Becaud, Michel Legrand. In 1963 he made his first of many solo albums. From 1964, as well as composing music for movies and the theater, and performing with the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles and Moody Blues, Rabbath launched his career as a soloist, first in France, then throughout Europe. He played his Carnegie Hall debut in 1975 with Ornette Coleman. A dazzling virtuoso who accepts no limits or labels, François Rabbath crosses classical, jazz, and global traditions. He is credited with bringing more attention to the double bass as a serious solo instrument as well as evolving a revolutionary technique in the use of the left hand and bow arm.
Rabbath will be collaborating for the first time with the Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest exclusively for the Dutch Double Bass Festival. Dedicated to the Arabo Andalusian music, this orchestra represents the musical heritage of Andalusia, from traditional sefardi ladino to arabo andalus and from modern flamenco to jazz andalus and connects various Mediterranean countries. The Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest is made up of the young Amsterdam and Moroccan musicians who founded the orchestra in 2011.

Attention for young talent!
Dutch Double Bass Festival will be presenting two new performances for Sunday: an octet of the best students from Rotterdam’s Codarts Conservatory will perform a program of exciting works by Hummel and Haber and the young up and coming bassist Cody Takacs, one of the highlights during the previous edition of the festival, will perform a number of pieces especially written for him for the festival by composition students from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Richard Bona, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Dominic Seldis presents The Basses of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and much more at the second edition of DDBF

Bass legends Richard Bona and Renaud Garcia-Fons will be coming to the second edition of the Dutch Double Bass Festival which will be taking place on the 8th and 9th of June 2019 in Rotterdam at the Oude Luxor Theater and Villa Thalia. The festival centred around the double bass is under artistic leadership of double bassist James Oesi. The programme is comprised of a varied composition of more than twelve (inter)national acts featuring the double bass and bass guitar in the main role. Classical music, as well as jazz and crossover will be represented in the festival programme. Check the whole line up in the timetable and buy your tickets here.

Cameroon born bassist Richard Bona (1967) is known worldwide and has collaborated with artists such as Harry Belefonte, Pat Metheny and John Legend. Of the eight albums released under his own name, ‘Tiki’ achieved a GRAMMY® Award nomination and reached the charts in several countries, including The Netherlands. Bona is a virtuoso on both bass guitar and double bass, writes his own music and sings.

Catalan-French Renaud Garcia-Fons (1962) has been referred to as the “Paganini of the Double Bass”. He possesses an extraordinary technique: by means of bowing and plucking Garcia-Fons conjures up a fascinating sound out of his double bass and by adding a fifth string to his instrument he has opened up his improvisation possibilities even more. Taking deep inspiration from his mentor Francois Rabbath with whom he studied in Paris as a young man, Garcia-Fons’ music is a rich gypsy mix of global jazz flavoured with Indian, Greek, African, flamenco, Latin American, tango, and new musette. At DDBF Garcia-Fons performs with his ‘Revoir Paris’ trio.

Dominic Seldis (1971) presents: The Basses of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Principal bassist Dominic Seldis will be, for the first time, and exclusively for the Dutch Double Bass Festival giving a concert with members of the bass section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, named by Gramaphone magazine as the world’s best symphony orchestra. Well known as a jury member of the television programme Maestro, Dominic Seldis has performed as soloist with, among others; the Concertgebouw Orchestra (as the first bassist to do so in 125 years), London Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Philharmonia Orchestra

More than 12 (inter)national bass acts: Jimmy Haslip, Rick Stotijn, Omer Avital and more

The Dutch Double Bass Festival offers a broad programme: from classical to jazz and crossover. Besides Bona, Garcia-Fons and Seldis there will also be numerous other bassists with to see at the festival with a number of special programmes on the 8th and 9th of June. Bass guitarist Jimmy Haslip (known from The Yellowjackets) wil, together with percussionist Jeroen de Rijk’s band, be paying tribute to bass god Jaco Pastorius. Nederlands Muziekprijs winner Rick Stotijn will be collaborating with the renowned Matangi Quartet. Tilburg bassist, composer and musical innovator Eric van der Westen will be presenting his new group ‘EW5’ comprised of the jazz vanguard. From the contemporary jazz scene, Swedish bassist Frans Petter Eldh will be appearing with pianist and organist Kit Downes (GB).

In addition, a number of other leading bassists from The Netherlands and abroad. The Israeli Omer Avital will appear with his quartet, Qantar. Festival founder James Oesi will play with his group which includes David Kweksilber on clarinet and sax. Tony Overwater will perform a solo concert on double bass and violone. Rotterdam’s own Thomas Pol will be playing a new trio with pianist Tony Roe and drummer Jamie Peet. Modern music specialist Håkon Thelin (Ensemble Modern) and Nicolas Crosse (Ensemble Intercontemporain) will be presenting the newest musical developments of the instrument.

Renowned bass makers Rogier Dieges and Jurgen Preyer will both be holding an Atelier in Residence in which people will be able to have their questions about the instrument answered and also be able to look at instruments.