JiM-X to Represent Six Bass Guitar Virtuosos in Upcoming Licentiate Performance
James Ian MacDonald (JiM-X) will be putting on his next major performance in Mansfield at the Ghost Academy of Performing Arts on February 21st. This will be a half-hour bass guitar solo set entirely comprised of the works of six musicians who are widely considered to be among the most talented and inspirational to ever pick up the instrument. By doing so, James will be aiming to achieve a Licentiate in Music Performance.
Some of the most iconic bands in the worlds of progressive and alternative rock are covered in the set list, including Rush, Dream Theater, Primus and Mr. Big. In addition, there will be some material originally recorded by two extraordinarily talented and influential solo artists, Victor Wooten and Stuart Hamm. The pieces have been carefully selected from the collective repertoire of all of these artists, and arranged to construct a programme that is designed to provide thrills and grooves in abundance, transitioning seamlessly between styles and showcasing a wealth of stylistic understanding and technical mastery.
“Preparing for this gig has been, without a doubt, the most challenging project I’ve embarked upon in my musical career so far,” said James. “In order to perform these pieces in a way that does them justice, I’ve had to seriously develop certain techniques that I’ve picked up over the years, and learn others entirely from scratch by studying the work of the many great bass players that there have been over the years. I’ve found the whole process really enjoyable and rewarding - it’s been one great, big, giant learning curve that is surely going to serve me well in my musical pursuits going forward, so I’m hoping that there will be supporters willing to stick around for the journey ahead!”
Be sure to catch JiM-X at the Ghost Academy of Performing Arts in Mansfield on the 21st of February, 2013. The performance gets underway at 11:45am, and it’s free entry for all.
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