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RE: anything good in LA next week?/ became gig announces +

At 12:34 PM -0400 8/9/01, Liebig, Steuart A. wrote:

>Mark Dresser/Vinny Golia Duo
>Mark Dresser: Contrabass
>Vinny Golia: Woodwinds
>Alterknit Lounge,
>Knitting Factory LA

Did anyone else make it to this gig?  It was excellent!

Both performers are monsters, and they play together with a 
sensitivity born of logn association.

I knew Mark at school in San Diego, but I haven't heard him play live 
since the early '80s. He was amazing even then. In addition to a 
great musical ear and composerly imagination, he is physically 
incredibly strong. When the music calls for it he is able to pummel 
his instrument to the brink of self-destruction, but he does so with 
absolute control and nuance. He also plays with great emotoinal range 
and a depth of good humor.

Mark was only beginning to develop as a composer when last I saw him 
(1984 in Rome, I think) but this has become a primary musical focus 
over the years. He's working on a major project with 
trumpeter/composer/maniac Ed Harkins from UCSD, and he has a long 
list of commissions in the works.

A small technical note: Mark uses an amplification system on his bass 
that combines signals from two mics mounted on the instrument. One is 
in the usual place between the bridge and F-holes; the other is at 
the nut and its level can be controlled by a pedal. This allows 
pickup of sound from both segments of a stopped string, as well as 
picking up string rattle and other anciallary sounds as needed.

Richard Zvonar, PhD
(818) 788-2202