Michael Manring

Wednesday / February 18, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

Michael Manring has pioneered an entirely unique approach to performing on the electric bass. Manring has completely redefined the role of the electric bass as a solo instrument through his virtuoso technical innovations. His explorations with harmonics, and his extensive use of altered tunings are unparalled. Manring's six recordings as a solo artist have earned him international critical acclaim. He has been awarded two gold records, multiple Grammy nominations, a Berklee College of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, and numerous readers' poll awards including Bass Player magazine's 1994 Bassist Of The Year.

Project M is a unique string quartet consisting of Michael Manring, Grant Stinnett, Rob Gourlay, and Jim Stinnett. This band of blazing bassists is no ordinary act. No bottom heavy, muddy, sluggish grooves here. Harmony, melody, dynamics, and finesse are words normally not associated with multiple bass groups, but these guys will surprise and delight you. Dazzling technique, beautiful compositions, tasteful performance, and a host of sounds come from each player to form a very impressive polyphony.