Besides being a great musician and bass player, Rusty
White is an avid biker, along with his wife, Di.
TCCP is stretching the boundaries of chamber music for
this concert series. Russell (“Rusty”) White, Professor Emeritus of
Double Bass at UNL and equally well known for his jazz improvisations
with guitarist Peter Bouffard, joins the Third Chair Chamber Players
for the November 5th and 7th performances.
Spotlighting a double bass within the chamber ensemble
began as the brainchild of TCCP clarinetist Ed Love. Ed had heard Fancies and Goodnights, a
trio for clarinet, flute and double bass written by UNL graduate Eugene
O’Brien, and wanted to program it this year.
Ed e-mailed O’Brien, who is on the faculty of Indiana University’s
School of Music, and asked why the double bass player had so much more
solo voice material in the piece than the clarinet or flute. O’Brien
replied that there were so few small chamber ensemble works which
included double bass, and his idea was to create a work that thoroughly
explored how the double bass could integrate into a chamber ensemble,
in a role that was greater than just a basso voice.
This work is a tour
de force for double bass, and its energy and palette of
sounds are enthralling. There is the usual pitch range and bowing, but
then there are the snaps, plucks, knuckle hits, harmonics, and sounds
that are so low you can count the pulses. The effect is amazing and
will be a treat for all.
Composer Eugene O’Brien was a student of Robert Beadell
while at UNL in the ’60s. He then went on to have an incredible career,
receiving the Rome Priz of the American Academy and awards from the
Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Fulbright and NEA Foundations.