Meet Gavin Barras: Born in Kendal, Cumbria in the UK, bassist Gavin Barras studied music at the University of Manchester, receiving private tuition from Roberto Carillo-Garcia and Corin Long. Whist studying classical music, Gavin continued developing his love for jazz and received lessons from Steve Berry in jazz bass. Gavin is a busy working musician, actively involved in several recording and touring projects both in the UK and abroad.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I heard Jaco Pastorius.
Your sound and approach to music: I'm going for the Wilbur Ware/Charlie Haden sound. High action on my bass to get a huge acoustic sound, and not straying too far away from the bassist's role as a support instrument. I try to approach music from the listener's perspective. What would excite me listening to jazz?
Your teaching approach: Teaching students what they want to learn. Keeping the interest and excitement up is vital.
Your dream band: I would love to work/study with the great bassist/composer Cecil McBee
Favorite venue: Pizza Express, Dean Street, London: great sound, audience, food and management.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why? Day of Reckoning, by the Gavin Barras Quintet, because it is the first time I recorded all of my compositions on one album. I also organized the band/recording and helped with the design concept. I'm really proud of the results.
The first Jazz album I bought was: Night Train, Oscar Peterson
(drums). All the tunes are original compositions of mine and all written in one night! I had a gig cancelled due to the riots here in the UK last summer, and used the time to listen to and write music whilst watching the news updates throughout the night. So I used a negative situation and turned it into a creative/positive one. We are going to tour this album in 2013.