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Whether performing today’s most challenging double bass repertoire, developing his own music, or working sound systems with his bass guitar or a set of turntables - John Eckhardt is testing the limits of being a bassist on planet earth in the 21st century, working towards a broader vision of what bass always was and can become in the future. Seeking to combine scope with depth, John Eckhardt is constantly involved in the creation of new music and has both collaborated with a wide spectrum of artists and created his personal brand of solo projects. He worked with many composers including Helmut Lachenmann and Pierre Boulez, top new music groups such as Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Vienna and musikfabrik, improvisors from Evan Parker, Elliott Sharp and Peter Evans, to today’s new blood in a wide field of today’s music. John Eckhardt has performed on over 30 recordings, among them Iannis Xenakis’ masterpiece “Theraps” (Mode Rec.) and three internationally acclaimed solo releases

Karacho!

Label: Euphorium Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Karacho!

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sebastian Gramss: Thinking of…

Read "Thinking of…" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The late Italian double bass master Stefano Scodanibbio, who died untimely in 2012 after a battle with the ALS disease, was a unique artist. A musician who expanded significantly the vocabulary of the double bass, exploring its almost infinite timbral range, and inventor of many extended and experimental techniques. He was also a unique composer and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eric Schaefer: Who Is Afraid Of Richard W.?

Read "Who Is Afraid Of  Richard W.?" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

In 2013 the international music community celebrates the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth. The venerable and controversial composer has been rather quiet of late, but his body of work is one of the best known in the classical canon. On Who Is Afraid of Richard W.? Eric Schaefer--a highly-regarded drummer probably best known as a ...

Xylobiont

Label: Psi
Released: 2008
Track listing: back; mbhere; bruson; noo bag; filum; TTzz; tenh; mob.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Eckhardt: Xylobiont

Read "Xylobiont" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

John Eckhardt's solo improvised double-bass disc, Xylobiont, is the second solo bass release on Evan Parker's Psi label, and it is as outstanding and illuminating as Adam Linson's Cut and Continuum (2006). The Hamburg-based Eckhardt received classical training and performs regularly with renowned European 20th century, contemporary, and chamber ensembles including Klangforum ...


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