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Electric Bassist Jack Vees performs his own music Feb. 12

Performers also include Ashley Bathgate, cello; Libby Van Cleve, English horn; and several other YSM alumni and students
February 10, 2014

Jack VeesThe Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents composer and electric bassist Jack Vees in a concert of his own music on Wednesday, February 12.

Vees will be joined by Libby Van Cleve, English horn, as well as YSM students and alumni including cellist Ashley Bathgate of Bang on a Can and members of the Yale Percussion Group. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Jack Vees is renowned as a performer and composer, at locations as varied as CBGB’s downtown New York scene and the Berlin Biennale Festival. His book The Book on Bass Harmonics has become the definitive technical text for bassists today. He has developed a distinctive musical style that combines rigorous formal thinking with the energy of rock and roll.

Technology is also an integral part of much of his work, and Vees combines acoustic, electric, and computer-driven electronic instruments. The first half of the program includes the pieces Stigmata Non Grata for handbell ensemble; Winged  for harp and recorded loops, Rocket Baby  for cello and electronics, and Lines of Desire  for woodwind trio.

After intermission, the concert resumes with Alpha Aloha  for two electric guitars, and a new piece for guitars and voices. The program concludes with the high-energy A Refutation of Gravity  for multiple electric guitarists and percussionists.

About Jack Vees

Jack Vees, composer and electric bassist, is operations director of the Center for Studies in Music Technology. He received his M.F.A. in composition from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with Louis Andriessen, Vinko Globokar, and Morton Subotnik. He is active in the international arena as both a performer and a composer, having works played at sites from CBGB’s of the downtown New York scene to such festivals as the Berlin Biennale and New Music America. Many contemporary music groups like Ensemble Modern, Zeitgeist, and the California Ear Unit have commissioned pieces from him. A collection of his works entitled Surf Music Again is available on the CRI/ Emergency Music label. His opera Feynman, for solo voice and percussion, was premiered in June 2005 at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and later performed at the Knitting Factory in New York City. He is also the author of The Book on Bass Harmonics, which has become a standard reference for bassists since its publication in 1979. Mr. Vees joined the Yale faculty in 1988.