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November 11 - 15, 2019

Barry Green ImageArtist in Residency Biography

Barry Green, a native Californian, served as Principal Bassist of the Cincinnati Symphony for twenty-eight years, and more recently Principal Bassist of the California Symphony and Sun Valley, Idaho Summer Symphony. A former Executive Director of the International Society of Bassists, he has also directed the Young Bassist program for the San Francisco Symphony Education Department and is currently teaching double bass at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Green recently moved to San Diego. Green is author of three books dealing with the philosophy of music, the mind, body, and spirit: The Inner Game of Music (Doubleday, 1986), The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry (Broadway/Doubleday 2003) and Bringing Music to Life. (GIA, 2009) Green has also written three bass method books and released many solo recordings.

Barry is directing an innovative concert series on themes of musical inspiration called: “Bridging Gaps: One Music, One World” including three new productions called Anna’s Way: From Inspiration to Artistry for bass, piano, percussion, and narrator-actor, Anna’s Gift: The Way of Passion for bass, symphonic band, and narrator, and Anna’s Promise: Sharing Joy, Inspiration and Compassion for bass and chamber orchestra. All three episodes are inspired by principles in Green’s three mind-body-spirit books. The stories are written by Alan Scofield. The music for the 2nd and 3rd episode is composed by Argentine composer/bassist Andres Martin. This TUSAB performance is the World Premiere of the Orchestra version and will be followed by 34 International performances in 34 countries with national soloists and ensembles from 2016 to the present.

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Date Time Location Activity
November 11 7 - 8:30 p.m. C107 Workshop I: Inner Game of Music
November 12 2 - 3:50 p.m. Snell Theatre Rehearsal with CSO
November 13 1 - 1:40 p.m. Snell Theatre Recital: Anna’s Way/Anna’s Gift
2 -2:50 p.m. Snell Theatre Workshop II: Master of Music
3 - 3:50 p.m. Snell Theatre Workshop III: Bring Music to Life
November 14 2 - 3:50 p.m. Snell Theatre Dress rehearsal with CSO
7:30 p.m. Snell Theatre CSO Concert
November 15 4 - 5 p.m. A323 Workshop with National String Project

Workshop Descriptions

Workshop I: Inner Game of Music
The Inner Game lecture-demonstration is about overcoming mental obstacles to performance, practicing and teaching through the master techniques of Awareness, Commitment and Trust. This session includes Green’s humorous signature demonstration of his distracting inner voice plus live coaching demonstrations with a couple of musicians performing short solo pieces. Everyone else should bring instruments for simple group exercise.

Workshop II: Master of Music
The Master of Music is based on interviews from 120 great musicians each famous for expressing a special gift of their unique artistry. When you are honored, hired or eulogized, it is for the unique ‘spirit’ you bring to your life’s work. Watch and hear Dave Brubeck, Joshua Bell, Bobby McFerrin, Frederico VonStade, Eddie Daniels and soul singer Nnenna Freelon share their insights to Creativity, Passion, Courage, Confidence, Tolerance, Discipline Humility, and Communication and Inspiration. No instruments are required for this lecture demonstration.

Workshop III: Bring Music to Life
Bringing Music to Life is an innovative imaginative methodology to bring spirit and life to music. The workshop parallels the Inner Game of music in that it teaches three master skills: Breath, Pulse and Movement that allow the performer to channel inspiration and life in music, through the body of the performer. Bring instruments. The workshop includes live musical coaching demonstrations. YouTube clips illuminate how famous jazz, hip-hop, Latin, classical and chamber music artist including Joshua Bell, Tito Puente, Oscar Petersen, Kronos String Quartet and maestro Leonard Bernstein use these master movement and breath techniques.



Lecture Mini-Recital: Anna's Way and Anna's Gift

Green will perform during two twenty-minute condensed prerecorded video segments highlighting the two stories that precede Episode 3: Anna's Promise, which will be performed with the Crane Symphony Orchestra on November 14.

The first episode, Anna’s Way-From Inspiration to Artistry, is about a young, impatient 15-year old Anna’s frustration and lack of joy for playing the bass. She wanted to quit studying music until she agreed to meet a special Tai-Chi teacher at a mountain stream. Master Chen was the teacher of her celebrated but ailing grandfather who also played the bass. Grandfather Carl convinced Master Chen to come out of retirement and teach his daughter as he had inspired him. This tender and emotional story transforms Anna’s impatience to love and joy in playing the bass.

Anna’s Gift-The Way of Passion, episode two, is the story of discovering and love in music. Anna, who is now 25 years old, has become a successful concert bassist, touring the world and performing her signature solo piece: Astor PIazzolla’s Libertango. She is not only getting bored with her music, but she is tired of the travels, the lonely hotel rooms and laments her ability to sustain friendships.
She returns to Switzerland for more lessons with her teacher Master Chen. She sadly complains that she has a “Full suitcase but an empty heart”. Master Chen takes her to a museum exhibit of the celebrated cellist, Pablo Casals. The great teacher is shown in videos teaching his students how to find love and passion in their music. But they must learn this from bringing love into their personal lives, not their fingers, bowings or rhythms. He sends Anna back on her next tour of South America to find three things: The love of people, the love nature and the love of artistic masterpieces.

Crane Symphony Orchestra Concert: Anna’s Promise

Anna’s Promise, episode three, is the story of Anna fulfilling the commitment she made to her late Tai Chi Master Chen. Now musicians, actors, dancers are clamoring to study with Anna’s as she shares the lessons she learned from her great teacher and their teachers.  She begins a guest residency at the Leonard Bernstein Academy of Music. Here Anna will visit the orchestra, the jazz band, and mentor the faculty passing on the lessons from her teachers to the future generations. She will share lessons of musical expression, of how to bring personal feelings into performances and how to play by listening to others.