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Luis Guillermo Peréz: Celebrations Book 9: Ten Pieces for Unaccompanied Double Bass

Luis Guillermo Peréz: Celebrations Book 9: Ten Pieces for Unaccompanied Double Bass

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About the Compositions

Celebrations Book 9 brings together ten exciting, evocative and inventive works for unaccompanied double bass by the Venezuelan composer-bassist Luis Guillermo Pérez. Composed between 2018 and 2021, written for a specific bassist, commemoration or anniversary, all are aimed at the adventurous and progressing intermediate bassist. 

Each piece offers musical and technical challenges in equal measure, exploring the entire range of the double bass, in a colourful and expressive musical language. Modern and tonal, contemporary yet accessible, none of them outstay their welcome, and create a new repertoire which offers much to performers and audiences alike. 

Table of Contents

Ascensión - composed in 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy (1862-1918) 

Celebration - composed in March 2021 for Teppo & Frank @ 80 to celebrate the 80th birthdays of Teppo Hauta-aho (1941-2021). 

Reverence - composed in March 2021 to celebrate the 90th birthday of the iconic double bass virtuoso François Rabbath 

Bertday - composed in 2018 to celebrate the 85th birthday of the legendary American contemporary soloist Bertram [Bert] Turetzky] 

Self-Portrait - composed in December 2020 for Self-Portrait 2021 

A Tribute to Tony Osborne - composed in 2020 in memory of English bassist-composer Tony Osborne (1947-2019) 

Four Pieces for Leonardo - composed for Da Vinci 500 in 2018 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1518) 

About the Composer

Luis Guillermo Pérez was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela in 1954. He graduated as a classical guitarist from the “Vicente Emilio Sojo” Conservatory in 1980 and began his double bass studies with Volmar Laubach in 1978, and later with Joel Novoa at the “Simón Bolívar” Conservatory in Caracas, in 1984. 

He has been Principal Bass with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Lara, from 1989 until the present day, and has participated as a guest double bassist with the Orquesta Simón Bolivar in their tour in France “Festival Radio France” in 1986. He was the Assistant Principal Bass with the Orquesta de los X Juegos Panamericanos (Indianapolis, 1987), in the 50th anniversary of the Orquesta Sinfónica (1992), with the Bach Academy from Stuttgart conducted by Helmuth Rilling (1994), and in the premiere of the piece “A flowering tree” by John Adams in Vienna (2006). 

Luis has worked as professor of double bass in Venezuela and in other Latin American countries, and now teaches at the Universidad Centro Occidental Lisandro Alvarado UCLA and in the “Vicente Emilio Sojo” Conservatory. 

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