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Rooted in the sounds of American-born music Baltimore based bassist, Alex Lacquement has crafted a unique style that is dazzling, lyrical, and transcends musical genres. Whether on stage playing jazz, old-time, bluegrass, or playing with singer song-writers his tone is unmistakable and joy for performing is obvious and infectious. In addition to being an energetic, assertive, and groovy ensemble player and imaginative soloist, he is a skilled arranger, composer and producer.
Alex tours across North America playing at performing arts centers and festivals with the critically acclaimed acoustic roots quartet Charm City Junction,, as well as the WAMMIE-awarded Bumper Jacksons, Ken and Brad Kolodner, and Letitia VanSant. He has performed at The Kennedy Center, The Birchmere, Le Poisson Rouge, The Gordon Center, Wheeler Opera House, Mountain Stage, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Walnut Valley Festival, Grey Fox, Winter Jazz, California World Festival, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, and more.
Alex holds degrees in music education from the Eastman School of Music (M.M.) and from James Madison University (B.M.). As a music educator he focuses on teaching community-based music through aurally learned songs and tunes, and dance. When he is not on the road performing, he can be found at home cultivating Baltimore’s Bluegrass scene through leading jams and teaching lessons.
I began teaching upright bass thirteen years ago. I teach all skill levels from beginners to advanced players and work with children and adults alike. During lessons, I covers topics including: healthy techniques for holding and playing the bass, maximizing tone production both when plucking and bowing (if desired), learning how to play by ear, creating good bass lines, playing melodies, improvising, reading music (if desired), and creating music with others. I always teach new content by ear and then provide sheet music later when appropriate. I find that each student has their own unique way of learning; so everyone's music path during lessons, follows its own route.
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