Jessica Powell Eig: The Cuckoo’s Egg …or Just Plain Cuckoo? Transcriptions of Early Music for Double Basses

June 8, 2013 @ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Room 514

Jessica Powell EigMany bass players are familiar with the Sonata Undecimo in g minor by Henry Eccles, thanks to Fred Zimmermann’s 1951 edition. After all, what more could any player ask for, than a beautiful melody over a great bass line? Dragonetti realized the potential of the violin sonata literature, adapting the works of Corelli for bass and cello. Jessica Powell Eig and Phillip Serna will take this tradition of borrowing a step further, presenting a program of transcriptions for two double basses from the seventeenth and eighteenth century sonata, duet and consort literature, with the aim of bringing to light more piece like the Eccles sonata, and suggesting an approach to performance that is practical, satisfying, and historically informed. Including works by Eccles, Corelli, Schenck, Telemann, Saggione, Michael East, and Orlando Gibbons. This recital is presented in conjunction with Phillip Serna’s June 7 lecture.

Dr. Jessica Powell Eig is a freelance musician based in Washington, DC., specializing in double bass, violone and viola da gamba. During 2012-2013, she appeared with The Bach Sinfonia, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, and the New Orchestra of Washington, among others. In addition to her work as a performer, Jessica is active as a teaching artist and clinician.  She is the director of the Viola da Gamba Society of America Young Players Workshop and her writing on classroom outreach has appeared in Early Music America.  She maintains a private studio of approximately fifty piano, cello, double bass and viola da gamba students.

In 2010, Jessica completed her doctorate in double bass at SUNY-Stony Brook as a student of Joseph Carver and Kurt Muroki, where her research focused on the music of Sofia Gubaidulina. She received her earlier training at CCM, Eastman and Juilliard, studying with Albert Laszlo, James VanDemark, and the late Homer Mensch. Jessica has studied historical bass and viola da gamba as a student of Christel Thielmann, Joseph Carver, and Martha McGaughey. She is currently pursuing further private study in historical bass with Rob Nairn.

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