When NorCal BASSIX managed to get Brian Bromberg to stop by and visit with us in Northern California on his way to Seattle, we were very excited. Founder, Wade Craver was a long time fan of Brian when he first heard a cassette that was given to him approximately 20 years ago, simply titled “Brian Bromberg”. According to Wade, he’s an icon and we were about to find out why.
Brian never travels with his 300 year old upright bass but he just so happened to have it with him on this trip.
And when he picked it up and started to play, the audience was flabbergasted. Brian stopped momentarily to receive questions and one question that was asked of him was, “Where are you going?” Brian initially seemed confused by the question and the audience member explained, “You close your eyes, where do go when you do that?” and then Brian gives an honest answer:
“I play to the best of my ability, as honestly as I possibly can whether I’m playing for you, here in Northern California or if I’m in front of thousands.”
In this case, it was a room just shy of 100 people, but Brian graciously hangs out with Wade and myself after the show and we are honored to be able to hear him play up close and personal. You don’t get a lot of opportunities to hear a player like him in a music store on a small stage. For us, it was huge!
He continued answering the question posed by the audience member, explaining that he is “communicating on a spiritual level,” he said “that’s a beautiful question. . . where do you go? That takes the most amount of time and ownership of your instrument to not let your ability on your instrument stop your spirit from what your spirit is trying to communicate”. Very deep and if you haven’t seen this 17 minute video of Brian Bromberg “going somewhere” with this bass performance, now is your chance to check it out. According to one comment online, “10:43 — this is when Brian starts to go crazy… ” You decide: