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Every now and then, just when you thought you had things all neatly arranged in their proper order, someone comes along and not only upsets everything you've done, but demands that you change your entire way of thinking before you can even begin to put them back together again. François Rabbath is one of those people. Born in Aleppo, Syria into a musical family of six boys and three girls, François discovered the double bass at the age of thirteen when one of his brothers brought an instrument home and allowed him to experiment with it. When the family moved to Beirut, Lebanon he found an old copy of Edouard Nanny's Contrabass Method in a tailor shop and with some difficulty, since he read neither music nor French, began to teach himself

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Francois Rabbath

Read "Francois Rabbath" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

Anyone in whose music collection resides a solo bass record owes a debt of gratitude to Francois Rabbath. For without his pioneering work as a recording artist, conceptualist and teacher, the bass would be far less often found as a compelling lead instrument. Rabbath, a resident of France since the '60s, has a story ...


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