Salonline 2020-12-06 Howard and Jeremy Bass

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Sunday December 6, 2020

Howard Bass and Jeremy Bass

lutes and guitars

“A Little Bit (More) of Pluck

 Photos courtesy of Maura B. McConnell

In the year 1986, when Jeremy Bass was three he asked his dad, Howard, if he could hold a lute. He held the lute carefully and gently drew his fingers across the strings. Perhaps here a seed was planted: Fast forward to 2020, and we find Jeremy with a Doctorate of Musical Arts, a Fulbright Fellowship, a CD with the first recordings of sonatas by David del Puerto, with an extensive performing resume. Meanwhile, Howard has not been altogether idle as a musician, while also holding down a job as a program producer at the Smithsonian. He is a member of Trio Sefardi (which performed recently on the Emerson Avenue Salon series) and a co-founder La Rondinella; he has been a guest artist with a wide range of ensembles, recorded extensively, and was for more than fifteen years the guitar accompanist for National Heritage Fellowship awardee, Flory Jagoda, as well as performing lute song programs for more than three decades with beloved Washington-area mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead. The Bass-Bass duo debuted in October at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Virginia, Jeremy’s hometown.


La rossignol  —  Anonymous (Pickering Ms.)

Drewries accordes  —  Anonymous (Pickering Ms.)

Flatt Pavan and Galliard  —  John Johnson, ca. 1545 – 1594 (Jane Pickering Ms., ca. 1616 – 1645)

A Fancy  —  John Danyel, 1564 – c. 1626

Galliard after Laveche  —  Anonymous, ca. 1600

Greensleeves Treble and Ground  —  Anonymous (Folger “Dowland” Ms.)

Lord Willoughby’s Welcome Home  —  John Dowland (Folger “Dowland” Ms.; 2nd part Sampson Lutebook)

Spagna for Two Lutes  —  Francesco Canova da Milano, 1497 – 1543

Fantasia Sexta (No. 67)  —  Francesco, 2nd part by Johannes Matelart, before 1538 – 1607, published 1559

Canon for 2 Lutes  —  Francesco

Dos Interludios  —  David del Puerto, b. 1964
Sunset in Toledo
Grand Place, la nuit

Divertimento  —  Andres Segovia, 1893 – 1987

Zarabanda Lejana  —  Joaquin Rodrigo, 1901 – 1999

Canción de Cuna (“Drume negrita”)  —  Leo Brouwer, b. 1939

Água e Vinho  —  Egberto Gismonti, b. 1947 (arr. Daniel Wolff)

Musica Incidental Campesina  —  Brouwer

Yesterday  —  John Lennon/Paul McCartney, arr. Toru Takemitsu, 1930 – 1996

Fool on the Hill  —  Lennon/McCartney, arr. Brouwer


Jeremy Bass is an avid proponent of contemporary chamber music for guitar and enjoys exploring the rich historical literature for plucked strings. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky and Columbus State University. Jeremy was a 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, researching contemporary Spanish guitar music, and studying early music with Jesús Sánchez and Eduardo Egüez. Jeremy’s solo debut recording, “David del Puerto: Guitar Sonatas, Volume 1” is available on Orpheus Classical. He can also be heard on Wolf and Clover’s self-titled album.


Howard Bass is a founding member of Trio Sefardi and was a founding member of the early and Sephardic music ensemble, La Rondinella, with which he recorded three CDs for the Dorian label. He performs programs of Renaissance music for voice and lute with mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead and was an accompanist for Sephardic singer-composer Flory Jagoda for many years. In addition to three CDs with Barbara Hollinshead and three with Trio Sefardi, Howard has performed and recorded with HESPERUS, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Folger Consort, the Baltimore Consort, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington, among others. Howard was a program producer at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the National Museum of the American Indian for three decades before retiring at the end of 2010.;