Bass Work

by Dave Johnsen



released May 6, 2011

Dave Johnsen, multi-instrumentalist, composer, native New Yorker and current Brooklyn resident, has been studying music for most of his life with a focus on Electric Bass and has acquired a long list of touring and session credits both nationally and internationally. Dave is one of the touring bassists for the GrandMothers of Invention, performing the music of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention led by original Mothers of Invention members Don Preston keyboards and synth as well as Napoleon Murphy Brock on lead vocals, sax and flute. He is also currently working for the NYC electric jazz outfit Darren Lyons Group with Chris Clark and Chad McLaughlin as well as Brooklyn based gypsy fusion group Choban Elektrik.

Dave has shared the stage with many Frank Zappa Band alumni including Ike Willis, Ray White, Mike Keneally and Ed Mann as the bassist for Project/Object: Frank Zappa Tribute led by Andre Cholmondeley. He worked for the Mahavishnu Project, a Mahavishnu Orchestra/John McLaughlin/Jeff Beck repertory group, and is featured on their Cuneiform Records release, “Return to the Emerald Beyond”. He has also worked for Miles Davis keyboardist Adam Holzman in his jazz fusion group Brave New World and for jazz guitarist Jane Getter. He has performed throughout NYC at many premier venues including BB Kings’, Gramercy Theater, Webster Hall, the Blue Note, Central Park, Knitting Factory, Brooklyn Bowl, Iridium Jazz Club, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom and festivals like Moog Fest and Green Apple Music Fest, as well as various clinics throughout the city.

He has taught Bass and Guitar lessons both privately and for the School of Rock since 2004. Dave has also composed music for several short films and worked on the sound track to an independent horror film. He was a long-standing member of the funk/surf/punk group the Insidious Rays Produced by Andrew Weiss (Ween) as well as co-led the underground progressive rock group Wavetaster.

In the studio and on stages all across the US, EU, UK, and Scandinavia Dave has also had the great opportunity to work with such fine musicians as Jan Hammer (mahavishnu orchestra, miami vice), Anton Fig (david letterman band), Jon Fishman (phish), Dave Fuzinski, Joel Rosenblatt (spyro gyra), Chris Clark, Chad McLaughlin, Denny Walley (zappa, beefheart), Chuck Garvey (moe), Darren Lyons, Jamie Masefield (jazz mandolin project), Gregg Bendian (pat methany, ornette coleman), Darrin James Band, Gary Lucas (captain beefheart), Zach Brock (stanley clarke band), Glenn Alexander, Skerik (les claypool), Rob Thomas (berklee-strings dept), Eric Slick (dr. dog), Catch 22 (victory records) and many more. Dave currently has endorsements with Gallien – Krueger Bass Amps and Tech 21 / SansAmp Pedals.



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