Michael Manring Day In Sligo

Sligo Jazz Project is hosting a workshop and concert by Michael Manring, the California-based, world renowned solo electric bassist on Friday October 2.

The event takes place at Tobergal Lane Café Sligo, upstairs – Michael’s bass clinic will run from 11am to 5.30pm with a break for lunch (optionally included) and his concert is set for 8.30pm. The workshop and concert are priced separately at €35 and €15 respectively and a range of all-in options are available to include lunch and/or dinner too.

For more details see http://www.sligojazz.ie/manring.htm and please tell all your electric bass friends!! This is a rare opportunity to gain an insight in to the techniques and mindset of one of the electric bass’s most adventurous protagonists. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eTBc7aWBGw&feature=fvw just one of many youtube examples of his genius.

Michael Manring

Hailed by many as the world’s leading solo bassist, Michael Manring has been pushing back the boundaries of what is possible on the bass guitar for over two decades. While his technical skill and innovations always make an impression, it is his ability to communicate on a profound emotional level that most touches listeners. As editor Tom Darter wrote in Keyboard magazine after seeing one of Michael’s solo concerts, “Forget his astounding technique and musicality; forget his absolute command of his instruments; forget how seamlessly the musical ideas and the performance of them were wedded together…The enlightenment came most from feeling (seeing, hearing) the joy Michael felt to be playing…his brand of transcendental chops and musical understanding…was all in the service of the final outcome, the joy of making music.”

Building on the conceptions of his teacher, the late bass legend Jaco Pastorius, Michael has developed a new approach to the instrument that includes unorthodox tunings, techniques and methodologies. He has honed his skills on hundreds of recordings as a session musician and thousands of concerts throughout the world. Michael has worked with a surprisingly diverse collection of musicians from New Age keyboardist Suzanne Ciani to avant-improv guitar innovator Henry Kaiser to celebrated folk troubadour John Gorka to experimental post-metal rockers Tim Alexander (Primus) and Alex Skolnick (Testament) to electro-pop pioneer Thomas Dolby. His long-term collaboration and close friendship with the late acoustic guitar genius Michael Hedges led to a lengthy stint as house bassist for Windham Hill Records; a label for whom he also worked as a solo artist, releasing four recordings under his own name: Unusual Weather (1986), Toward the Center of the Night (1989), Drastic Measures (1991) and Thonk (1994). These, along with his 1998 release The Book of Flame on the Alchemy record label earned him an international reputation as “a master of the fretless bass without rival.” (Guitar Club Magazine, Italy). He has garnered two gold records, Grammy and Bammie nominations, a Berklee School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, two Just Plain Folks Awards and numerous Bass Player Magazine Reader’s Poll awards including 1994 Bassist of the Year. He was also the subject of a recent PBS TV documentary, The Artist’s Profile: Michael Manring.

2 Oct Schedule:

11am-1pm Workshop – Clinic
1pm-2,30pm Lunch (included -optional)
2.30pm – 5.30pm workshop
6pm-8pm Dinner (included – optional)
8.30pm Concert