Kansas City Bass Workshop



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“The Sound of Bass Maestro François Rabbath KC Bass Workshop” is now the cover of ISB magazine! 

Prints are now available!

You can now order a limited edition, museum quality print of KC local artist Ruth Ingram`s portrait of François Rabbath AND benefit the KC Bass Workshop!

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Please support the workshop on our Fundraising page and read more about this amazing gift! 

Now the week is for double bass and electric bass students! Ideal for those who play both but okay if you just play one or the other. 

We welcome a superb faculty with the amazing Mark DresserThe return of the fabulous Tracy Rowell, Bill McKemy, Dr. Hans Sturm, Lloyd GoldsteinJohnny Hamil, Brian RoesslerGerald Spaits, Bob Bowman, Ted Botsford, Nina DeCesare, Dr. Jessica Valls, Dr. Kate Jones, Cielito de Jesus, Jeff Harshbarger, Zach Rizer, Dominique Sanders, and Sarah Lahasky.  (Faculty subject to change).

The Kansas City Bass Workshop week offers Masterclasses with Rabbath and all the faculty. Emphasis on Rabbath Technique. Bass solo performances, small and large bass ensemble performances representing everything related to bass in the Classical, Jazz and Alternative (Rock, Funk, Blues, Polka, etc.) styles of music. The promotion of the development of original material to post directly to the website Stringshub.com.

Teacher training thru Nebraska University for continuing education.

Classes available for at KCBW now with college credit available for attendees. Work with François on teaching his technique and Johnny Hamil on teaching George Vance and his own Jammin’ with Johnny methods. Work with Tracy Rowell.

One Day option Public School String teacher Bass day Sunday, July 17th.

Keep up with the events on our KC Bass Workshop Facebook page!

Post your pictures with #KCBassWorkshop to our KC Bass Workshop Instagram!

KCBassFest flyer

KC BassFest Performances each night at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. will feature every faculty member and a few special guests. The final KCBW Bass Orchestra concert will be on Tuesday, July 19th at 7 p.m. and will feature participants performing with faculty including François Rabbath.

Further concert schedule information on our KC BassFest Concerts page.

Download the press release KC BassFest 2016 PR Final.

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Maestro François Rabbath’s concert will be Monday, July 18th at 7 p.m at The Gem Theater at the American Jazz Museum. This concert is open to the public. Tickets to attend all six days of performances are only $25 available online thru Brown Paper Tickets or by calling (816) 305-7559. One ticket will be included in all KC Bass Workshop participants’ fees.

The François Rabbath concert was reviewed by The Kansas City Star’s Robert Trussell, later noted in his top five for the Best of 2013 column. It’s reached near capacity every year so don’t delay in getting your tickets early. Please either buy tickets online or call 816 305-7559 to set a reservation for extra tickets as this concert always is a maximum capacity event. He is in an incredible creative time as he is composing and performing with Sylvain, his son, which is really reaching a new level in conversation of piano and double bass.

Please enjoy this video of Rabbath performing his composition Reitba.

The week as always will be a great week of personal growth, inspiration, and creativity!

Watch this great video and please enroll for another exciting workshop this summer.

Local NBC news caught up with us in 2013 and broadcast this piece.

KC Bass Workshop faculty (L-R) Hans Sturm, Shawn Conley, Johnny Hamil, Francois Rabbath, Sylvain Rabbath and Ted Botsford were at Hamil’s Mission home.

Above picture taken in 2013 for Prairie Villiage Post article about Kansas City Bass Workshop 2013 written by Dan Blom.

Still not convinced to sign up? Take a look at previous years’ pictures.

Thank you for visiting!