Rufus Reid is one of the premier double bassists on the international jazz scene. He will be a faculty member during the Wabass Workshop beginning on Sunday, June 16, 2013. Get to know him before the program begins.
1. What is the most memorable part of your career?
One of the most memorable is to listen to the American Composers Orchestra perform my symphonic work, MASS TRANSIT, in 2011, and recoding of my five-movement work for Large Jazz Ensemble in 2012.
2. Are there other composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play and record? Who are they?
Wayne Shorter, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim McNeely, Bela Batok, Maurice Ravel, and Thad Jones
3. How has teaching music changed since you were a young student or first started teaching?
Students who really want to learn are much more challenging because they have an enormous amount of information, but are still unable to use it well until they truly understand the basics.
4. Do you have any pre-performance rituals?
Not really, but I do like to have some quiet moments before going on stage.
5. What is your favorite non-music-related thing to do?
Cook and study about wine.
6. What advice do you have for young, aspiring musicians?
LISTEN! LISTEN! and more LISTENING to live performances as much as possible and then PLAY as much as possible in public because it is very different than practicing only in your room.