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More on Rodion Azarkhin

Monday, April 12th, 2010

I became interested in the life and work of Russian Double Bassist Rodion Azarkhin in the late 1990’s. He had a distinctive style of playing, a palpable sense of individualism and a “no limits” approach to playing the bass, all of which appealed to me.

If you want to learn about this pioneer in the world of double bass, I have recently posted an article which I wrote for Bass World, the Journal for the International Society of Bassists. The article is entitled In Memory of Rodion Azarkhin and was published in shortly after Azarkhin’s death in 2007.

I have written several other works on Azarkhin’s life and you can find a few in the articles section of this website here.

Russian Bass Pioneer Rodion Azarkhin

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Years ago I became fascinated with the life and work of Russian Double Bassist Rodion Azarkhin.  In 1999 I interviewed him in St. Petersburg, Russia where he gave me a stack of his compositions, arrangements and three boxes of solo recordings. I subsequently wrote several articles and a DMA document on his book Kontrabass, published in the late 1970’s. After he died I wrote new several articles attempting to memorialize his life and his high-level contributions to the double bass.

I just put up an article published by U.K. publication The Double Bassist here on the site. (The publication has since gone defunct and was overtaken by The Strad.) You can read the article, Passion and Survivalhere.

More will come!