Musicians commemorate Bass Day 2018

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Musicians from different genres—predominantly bass players prominent in both Nepali and international musical scene—celebrated Bass Day 2018 on September 22 in Kathmandu and Butwal by discoursing on identity issues of bassists, their musical career development, foundational rules of bass playing, etc and showcased musical presentation centric to bass music. While the Bass Day in Kathmandu was the third iteration spearheaded by Deepak Shakya, the bassist of The Elektrix, the event in Butwal was the first-ever commemoration of the day. Both the events had aimed at encouraging bass players to take the stage to play from the front and share their thoughts and ideas in a non-competitive manner.

During the event supported by Tuborg in Shisha Lounge and Bar, Thamel, bassist of Kanta Dab Dab Rizu Tuladhar presented his bass lines and shared, “Getting an identity in music and development of one’s career is actually possible within the group of the fellow musicians but there is a need to establish continuous connection and dialogue among the artists.”

Marcus Dengate, the bassist from Australia who has been playing bass for over half a century, returned for the third iteration of the Bass Day and laid out ten foundational rules for playing the bass and gave some hacks in playing bass with his ‘bass clinic’, the title of his session. During the event in Kathmandu, he advised, “Never sacrifice; feel for the fill.” Dengate had previously conducted a workshop on the ‘Fundamentals of Bass Playing’ during the second Bass Day Nepal held at House of Music, Thamel in 2017.

The workshops were followed by bass players performing on stage: both ‘solo’ and with their band but with more emphasis on bass lines. And besides the usual gig using guitars, drums, keyboards and bass, the musicians presented their performances using tabala, sarangi, and saxophone and explored different genres like jazz, blues, rock, funk, and fusion.

In the similar fashion, the celebration of Bass Day 2018 in Butwal—the first of its kinds in Butwal—was aimed at bringing bass players into the limelight and saw musicians—especially bass players—jamming and collaborating with each other for their presentation while some bassists delivered solo performances amidst an approximately 60 music enthusiasts. The 4-hour event concluded after Sunny Mahat, the bassist of The Midnight Riders, conducted a musical workshop on syncopation, timing, the importance of rhythm and other disciplines related to bass music.

An initiative of Akash Kaliraj, the event organised in association with Advent Events, was supported by Planet Music, Sumit Guitar Restoration, Synopsis, Autha Chap, WAVE Magazine and Sangeet Pathsala, and sponsored by Himal Gahan Griha, Alfabeta Butwal, Music-Hub, and True Sound and Electronics (also the event’s sound partner).

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