Dr. Adam Booker and the Hayes School of Music cordially invite you to their inaugural Double Bass Day! On November 3, 2018, the Hayes School of Music will be hosting workshops and clinics for bassists of all ages and skill levels and a mass bass orchestra! Two special teacher sessions covering repertoire and pedagogy for young bassists will also be held for Continuing Education Credit.
This year's guests will be Dr. Craig Butterfield from University of South Carolina and Dr. Donovan Stokes from Shenandoah Conservatory. There will also be luthiers and instrument dealers on hand, and a raffle will be held thanks to generous donations from our sponsors.
Registration for this event is $50. You can register online here:https://music.appstate.edu/news-events/bass-day-registration
About Craig Butterfield
Craig Butterfield is Professor of Double Bass and Jazz Studies at the University of South Carolina. American Record Guide has said “Craig Butterfield is nothing short of magnificent. I haven’t heard such expressive playing and virtuosic command since Gary Karr. His tone is gorgeous, his intonation rock-solid, and his phrasing expressive and flexible.” Soundboard magazine stated “Butterfield can make his instrument dance and sing with an effortless which is hard to credit. (He must have a bionic left forearm). Not only can he inhabit the range of a cello, but he can make it light and lyrical when needed.”
Comfortable in many styles of music, Mr. Butterfield has performed extensively as a jazz artist as well as a classical soloist and clinician. Most recently Butterfield performed with saxophone artist Greg Osby at the Taichung Jazz Festival, before an audience of 30,000. During 2004 and 2005, Craig toured with the legendary jazz trumpet player Maynard Ferguson. As a member of Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau band, he performed in some of the most famous venues in the world, including the Blue Note in New York, Ronnie Scott's in London, and the Bangkok Cultural Arts center as a special guest of the King of Thailand. A week at Ronnie Scott's in London was recorded and released as Maynard Ferguson’s final live CD release entitled MF Horn 6. He has been a guest artist at the San Miguel International jazz festival in Mexico as well as the Ollin Kan world music festival in Mexico City, and has toured as a performer and clinician throughout South Korea and Japan. Craig has been active in the studio as well, appearing on many jazz CDs as both a performer and as a producer.
In the classical field, Craig Butterfield has performed concertos and given masterclasses and recitals as a soloist in many concert halls and universities throughout the United States. Dez Cordas, a duo with guitarist Matthew Slotkin, has released three CDs. dances songs inventions is available on Centaur Records and Gone Away and Pilgrimage are available on Summit Records. Forays, a recording featuring the Franck Violin Sonata with pianist Charles Fugo was also published by Centaur Records in 2011.
An interest in composition and American roots music has led to a long-standing duo with multi-instrumentalist Jesse Jones. Stickerfoot and Pisces, written and recorded with Jones, were released in 2015 and 2016. A third collaboration, Eclipse, was recorded in 2018 and will soon be released.
Butterfield has been invited to perform recitals as a guest artist at the semiannual International Society of Bassists convention, the American String Teachers Association, Mahlerfest, and the Violin Society of America.
About Donovan Stokes
Donovan Stokes enjoys a varied career of performing, composing, writing and teaching and has given classes and performed as a soloist throughout the U.S., in Mexico, Norway, Italy, England, France and the Czech Republic. His solo recording Gadaha garnered two JPF Music Award rankings for Best Album and Best Instrumental Song. Described as a musician who “paints primary colours and subtle shades to considerable effect” (The Double Bassist), Stokes is also noted for his “eye-popping display of technical wizardry and showmanship” (Madison Jazz).
A Full Professor at Shenandoah University-Conservatory, he teaches jazz and classical bass and acts as String Chair. He offers a range of online instruction and has created an Upright Slap Bass Instructional Video available exclusively online. As a composer he has enjoyed commissions from the Berry College Orchestra, Barry Green, Blanka Bednarz, The International Society of Bassists Young Bass Division, the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and Jerry Fuller, among others. He is also and expert in the life and work of bassist Rodion Azarkhin.
As a chamber musician he has had the honor of collaborating with musicians Julian Schwartz, Clyde Thomas Shaw, Fry Street Quartet, Agua Va!, members of the Audubon Quartet, Stuart Malina, Blanka Bednarz, Eriko Sato, John O’Connor , David Oui and Seymour Lipkin, among others. Stokes also performs Jazz, Americana, Rock and Gypsy Jazz regularly and is one half of the jazz bass duo “Two Bass Hit.”
Dr. Stokes earned degrees from Vanderbilt University (B.M.) and Indiana University (M.M. and D.M.), where his major instructors were Lawrence Hurst, and Edgar Meyer. He studied fiddle styles with Crystal Ploughman and Mark O’Connor, string pedagogy with Lawrence Hurst, Helga Winold, Inez Wyrick and Mimi Zweig, and composition with Michael Alec Rose, Michael Kurek and Mary Jeanne Van Appledorn.
Stokes is also a Board Member for the International Society of Bassists, and Artistic Director of the Bass Coalition and their Annual Bass Workshop where he heads a highly selective a one-week Intensive Program for advanced bassists. Visit him on the web at www.donovanstokes.com or find him on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Periscope.
About Adam Booker