A beginner bassist's foray into the unknown

Eden Rayz – cellist and electric bassist

I first heard Eden Rayz on the Berklee student ensemble video for a song called “Work in Progress” at the end of Lesson 3 for Coursera’s online Developing Your Musicianship course. All of the lessons finish with a piece from students at the school. She was playing cello on a rooftop for Wambura Mitaru with a percussionist named Moez Dawad. The rhythm section was strange to me, because I’m used to hearing kick and snare drums coupled with electric bass or upright, and here we had a cello and what I can only assume was a wooden box.

Well, I Googled her, because the video didn’t show much of her playing (how does that always happen to bassists?), and found that aside from cello, she’s also an electric bass player and enjoys death metal. Here’s some info about her, and a few videos of her performances. She covered an Arch Enemy song with Berklee’s string metal ensemble. 😉

Arch Enemy – My Apocalypse (Berklee String Metal Ensemble cover)

That’s an interesting rendition to me, simply because its not being played with electric guitars and electric bass, and its not Angela Gossow on vocals. Also, with the Berklee strings, the middle part reminds me even more of Cruel, Cruel Summer from Bananarama than the original did.

This one is billed as “An intimate interview with Composer Bahar Royaee and Cellist Eden Rayz, in which they relate their thoughts on ‘Trapped’ (scored for cello, electronics, and narrator).”

Interview with Composer Bahar Royaee and Cellist Eden Rayz

I think I’ve mentioned in the past that there are people on Talkbass who advocate playing through cello scores for practice on bass. Listening to this next piece, I can see why. It actually seems like its reproducible on electric bass. It sounds… attainable to me.

The Furies Session: Eden lays it down on Cello

Finally, this one is a bit artsy and conceptual, but its interesting to watch (although its the kind of stuff my wife used to hate for me to play when we were driving). The video is described as being based on Allen Ginsberg‘s poem, “Howl” (Part II, actually) and was written for cello, electronics and a narrator. It represents the composer’s (Royaee) interpretation of a society created by us, which influenced by its creators, leads to our downfall.

What I found most interesting in the description was “The aim was to write music which includes visual parameters, such as the cellist acting as a spider, imitating its moves and creating a web which functions as a trap.”

Trapped, by Bahar Royaee : CanvaSounds Collective 

Here’s a link to Howl. Scroll down to Part II, which is what the Youtube description pairs with the video. Also, look at the Wikipedia article about the poem. It has a crazy history.

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