Bassist and author Barry Green to visit University Park

April 11, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Renowned bassist, author and motivational speaker Barry Green will present a masterclass for Penn State double bass students at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in 128 Music Building II. Admission is free.

In addition, Green will present a bass techniques class at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15, in 128 Music Building II that is also free and open to the public.

Green served as principal bassist of the Cincinnati Symphony for 28 years and, more recently, as principal bassist of the California Symphony and Idaho's Sun Valley Summer Symphony. As former executive director of the International Society of Bassists, he is currently living in San Diego and teaching at the University of California-Santa Cruz while remaining active as a bass soloist, clinician and motivational speaker.

Green was the first bass soloist to solo with the Cincinnati Symphony when he commissioned Frank Proto to write "Concerto for Bass and Orchestra," conducted by Erich Kunzel. He has since appeared twice with the Cincinnati Symphony under the late Maestro Thomas Schippers, who personally commissioned Proto's "Violin and Double Bass Concerto." He has also appeared with the United States Air Force Band and Duluth Symphony. Green is known for his creative and eclectic "Green Machine" and "Green Man" concerts, which include the bass in jazz, folk, rock, funk, hip-hop contemporary, and world music in combination with dance, voice, art and theater.

He has written three books on the "mind-body and spirit" of performing musicians. He is author of "The Inner Game of Music," which has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide and deals with musicians reaching their potential in performance and learning. He has also written seven "Inner Game of Music" workbooks published by GIA Music for keyboard, voice, instruments and ensembles.

Green’s second book, "The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry," was published in May 2003. The text is based on interviews with 120 world-famous musicians on the topics of courage, passion, creativity, discipline and humility. Jazz and classical artists interviewed include Dave Brubeck, Bobby McFerrin, Joshua Bell, Frederica von Stade, Christopher Parkening, Evelyn Glennie, Gary Karr, Jeffrey Kahane and many more.

Green's most recent book is "Bringing Music to Life," which explores three techniques of breath, pulse and movement that allow musicians to channel expression through their bodies. It is based on exploring creativity and inspiration through collaboration with improvisatory cellist David Darling and his organization called Music for People.


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Last Updated April 11, 2016