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Release: May 25, 1999

International Double Bass convention will be at UI School of Music May 31-June 5

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 1999 Convention of the International Society of Bassists·(ISB) -- an international organization of professional and student double bass players -- will be held at the University of Iowa School of Music May 31-June 5. Host of the convention is UI professor of music Diana Gannett, president of the ISB.

The ISB currently has more than 3,000 members worldwide. As many as 500 bassists are expected to attend the convention in Iowa City.

The convention will open with recitals in Clapp Recital Hall Monday afternoon and evening, May 31, by winners of competitions held at the 1997 international convention. Events during the following five days will include master classes and workshops for bass players and students with sessions in both classical and jazz styles; a wide variety of lectures and demonstrations; competitions in various aspects of bass performance for young bassists; and both classical and jazz performances that are open to the general public.

Anyone may register to attend the convention. A registration table will be available in the lobby of Clapp Recital Hall, starting in the afternoon of Monday, May 31 and continuing throughout the convention. The full registration fee for the 6-day convention will be $225 ($150 for full-time students, and $125 for young bassists 17 years of age or younger). One-day registration will also be available each day for $50.

A full schedule of convention events is available at the ISB web page, <>.

A graduate of the UI School of Music, Gannett has taught double bass at the UI since the fall of 1992. She also is the principal double bass of the Quad City Symphony.

At the UI Gannett studied with Eldon Obrecht, whom she has succeeded on the faculty. She has also studied with legendary double bass virtuoso Gary Karr at Yale, where she earned both master's and doctoral degrees.

FREE PUBLIC PERFORMANCES DURING THE ISB CONVENTION: All of the performances listed below will be held in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus and will be open to the public free of charge.

Monday, May 31
1997 ISB Competition Winners recitals:
5:30 p.m. Young Bassists' 18 and under: Timothy Gibbs, double bass.
8 p.m. Solo Division: Jeremy Kurtz, double bass
9 p.m. Jazz Division: Michael McGuirk, double bass

Tuesday, June 1

5:30 p.m. Jazz Recital: Hans Sturm, double bass, and Jackie Allen, vocals.
8 p.m. Theatric Recital: "Dobbs on Bass," Richard Hartshorn, double bass.
9 p.m. Recital. Joelle Leandre, double bass, Contemporary Performance Art.

Wednesday, June 2
5:30 p.m. Jazz Ensemble Recital: "Bill Mays and Talking Hands." Bill Mays, piano;
     with John Clayton, Todd Coleman, John Goldsby and Tom Kennedy, double bass.
8 p.m. Bass Ensemble Recital: "Basione Amorosa," all-woman bass ensemble from Germany.
9 p.m. Jazz Duo Recital: Arni Egilsson and Wayne Darling, double bass.

Thursday, June 3
5:30 p.m. Jazz Recital:. "Eckel's Ethos," Jeff Eckels, double bass.
8 p.m. Classical Recital: Daniel Marillier, double bass.
9 p.m. Jazz Recital: Larry Gray, double bass.

Friday, June 4
5:30 p.m. Recital: "Pushing the Envelope." Bert Turetzky, double bass, with Vinnie Golia, woodwinds.
8 p.m. Recital: "The Voyage That Never Ends." Stefano Scondanibbio, double bass.
9 p.m. Jazz Recital: "Double Bass Delights II" Michael Moore and Rufus Reid, double bass.

Saturday, June 5
5:30 p.m. Theatrical presentation from Shakespeare's "Henry IV," with Mark Dresser and Glen Moore, double bass.
9 p.m. Jazz Recital: John Patitucci, electric and acoustic upright bass, with Bill Mays, piano.