NOTED BASSIST CHRISTIAN DE MESONES TO PERFORM MARCH 16: Bassist Christian "Big New York" deMesones will perform Sunday, March 16, at 3:30 p.m. at Forte Music Studios in Fredericksburg. His performance is presented by Brittany Frompovich and the Virginia Bass Forum. De Mesones' appearance is sponsored and endorsed by Warwick Guitars, a German company known for its handmade guitars.
"Anybody who plays or aspires to play the bass, as well as those people who appreciate music, will enjoy hearing Christian deMesones' presentation and performance," said Frompovich. "He is a talented and seasoned artist who has performed with dozens of renowned musicians. Attendees will learn so much from him, as he shares his years of experience and knowledge."
DeMesones, who has been playing bass guitar for more than 30 years, will present "Slap Happy -- Building Grooves Using Right and Left Hand Techniques." He will share his personal approach using examples, such as altered tunings, palm muting, double stops, hammer-ons and lift-offs, ghost notes, and left-and-right-hand slaps.
Only 18 years old when he graduated from the world famous Bass Institute of Technology (now the Musician's Institute) in Hollywood, California, he studied and took workshops with bass greats Louis Johnson, Ray Brown, Abraham Laboriel and others. He performed an original composition for his graduation by personal request from visiting guitar faculty member and legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino.
Part of several musical groups from around the country, deMesones has performed a variety of musical styles. He played the military club circuit in a hard rock cover band in Oahu before forming the heavy metal band Twice Shy in the mid-1980s, when it became a staple of the local New York metal scene, sharing the stage with acts like Twisted Sister and White Lion.
When he moved to Richmond in 1995, deMesones "laid tracks" for local hip hop artists, played with various groups (performing rhythm and blues, Caribbean, Latin and smooth jazz) and performed with Big Patt and Legion, opening for several national recording artists. A show with Roberta Flack on Brown's Island in Richmond drew an audience of more than 33,000, making it the largest recorded attendance for an outdoor Richmond music event in history to that date.
DeMesones has been a resident of Lake Ridge since 2003, where he teaches bass guitar at A2G Music. In 2008 he created "Bass Symphony: Celebrating the Gift of Music through the Spirit of Youth," a non-profit event that showcased middle and high school students performing original compositions for 4, 5, 6, 8 and 12-string electric and upright basses in concert. DeMesones, who is endorsed by Warwick Guitars and Framus (a German guitar, bass, lap steel guitar and banjo manufacturing company), will release his first solo CD in the fall of this year.
According to Frompovich, founder and organizer of the Virginia Bass Forum, tickets for the deMesones presentation are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Click here for a link to Frompovich's website, www.ladybassmusic.net, through which tickets may be ordered. (This article was adapted from a news release by Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy.)