Copenhagen OPERA HOUSE
Ekvipagemestervej 10 • DK-1438 Copenhagen K
BASS2012 COPENHAGEN, 14th-19th August 2012, with its main base at Copenhagen OPERA HOUSE is the European Bass Convention, presenting the world's finest bass soloists and professors, the newest names and trends in bass playing and bass teaching as well as bass makers and accessories. The convention is a continuation of BASS2010 BERLIN and BASS2008 PARIS.
The convention BASS2012 will include recitals/concerts, master classes, a music philosophical symposium, seminars, competitions, a children and youth program, a Nordic Day, exhibition, bass highlights and the establishment of a broad democratic embedding of BASSEUROPE (European Society of Bassists).
There will be focus on the following:
There will be held approx. 150 event, half of which will be for the main base, the Copenhagen OPERA HOUSE, while the other half will be presented to a wider audience in the city.
In addition performances should be heard in unfamiliar surroundings. Among other activities, bassists will perform Bass Flashes throughout Copenhagen so to introduce the double bass as a solo instrument to a broader audience. Bassist will be accompanied by volunteers who distribute flyers describing the music and giving impact for further thoughts. These volunteers and roll-up banners will form the stage for the bassists, so the music will meet the audience under decent conditions.
30+ master classes and seminars for students, amateurs and other interested alike will be held at the convention's main venue the Copenhagen OPERA HOUSE.
There will be held several seminars on bass-related topics. These seminars will have more than one teacher to emerge complementary or convergent views and experiences on the chosen topic. The dialogue on the pros and cons of a particular viewpoint will involve the audience, which mostly are professionals as well. In this way a learning environment will be created, which mediate perspectives on knowledge, and perhaps even create new knowledge. Students will be able to gain a good overview over the state of art, attitudes and trends, and will become more competent in their selection and rejection of methods and music education institutions.
One of the convention days will focus on Nordic music. Recitals/concerts, seminars and master classes will be based on Nordic compositions, exclusively played by Nordic musicians. There will be particular focus on exchange of resources and mutual understanding of new trends in bass music and technique as well as the individual bass players increasing network in Scandinavia. The Nordic Day applies to professional and amateurs.
Music Philosophic Symposium
The Symposium angles bass playing and cultural life conditions in the post-modern society in a philosophical way. Approaches could be phenomenological-hermeneutic, aesthetic philosophy or systemic theory, inquiring art as social practice, especially in art organizations and art and leadership.
The competitions give young musicians the opportunity to get a judgement by leading specialists. By taking part in a competition, they become an active participants of the convention. Furthermore they get something to aim for in their practice. There will be a Solo Competition, an Audition Competition, a Jazz & Imro Competition and a Children and Youth Competition. Young jazz players have the opportunity to perform on an open stage and get an individual response from leading professionals.
Children and Youth program
In addition to the Children and Youth Competition and the opportunity to hear and meet the worlds leading bass players, bassists up to age 17 can enroll the Young Bassists Camp. Here they get individual lessons, ensemble rehearsals and they will play concerts at Tivoli Harmoni Pavilion. The aim of Young Bassists Camp is the same as for the convention: To meet, have fun and network with kindred spirits that share the passion for bass playing. The program is open for beginners and advanced bass players.
There will be room for approx. 30 exhibitors from around the world on the trade fair including bass makers, bow makers and various manufacturers of equipment / accessories, flight cases, amplifiers, strings, pick-ups, literature etc. Small products like bass sheet music and literature are being displayed together.
Fair participants will present and develop the bass craft in dialogue with the world's leading basses / artists. The fair is profitable and to attract sponsors.
BASSEUROPE (European Society of Bassists)
On the 18th of August 2012 BASSEUROPE's first official General Assembly will be held. The aim is to establish a strong democratically led European bass society to ensure a solid platform for continuity in double bass convents in Europe as well as a collection of knowledge on European double bass work. Candidates and organizational matters will be discussed throughout the convention.
A future BASSEUROPE shall furthermore support a continuous development of bass culture in all European countries and a European and international coordination of bass events.