Bass Work

by Dave Johnsen



released 06 May 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. Working full time as a freelance bassist early in his life has acquired him a long list of touring and session credits both nationally and internationally. Currently, Dave is the touring bassist for the GrandMothers of Invention, performing the music of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention led by original Mothers of Invention members Napolean Murphy Brock and Don Preston. Also currently working for the fusion outfit Darren Lyons Group with Chris Clark and Chad McLaughlin. 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 has worked for Adam’s wife and jazz guitarist Jane Getter. He has performed throughout NYC at many premier venues including BB Kings’, Gramercy Theater, Webster Hall, 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. Besides freelancing, 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.

Dave has also had the pleasure of working 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), Robbi Kumalo, 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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