Double Bass Recital Doubles the Impact of Music

Nixon Bus­tos dou­ble bass and the Cumbia Ensem­ble had peo­ple lifted off their feet in the Webb Recital Hall on Tues­day, Novem­ber 5. Nixon Bus­tos dou­ble bass recital was part of the Uni­ver­sity Recital Series that fea­tured a vari­ety of soloists, duets, and small ensem­bles. The per­for­mances are held in the inti­mate set­ting of Webb Recital Hall in the Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center.

The genius on the dou­ble bass is UWS instruc­tor Nixon Busto. He is a cur­rent mem­ber of the Duluth Supe­rior Sym­phony Orches­tra where he also serves as a librar­ian. He is also prin­ci­pal dou­ble bassist with the Mesabi Sym­phony Orches­tra and the Blue Lake Fes­ti­val Orches­tra. Pre­vi­ous to these posi­tions he taught dou­ble bass at Con­cor­dia Col­lege in Moor­head, Min­nesota and the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota, Mor­ris. Nixon has taught stu­dents in the Wis­con­sin Youth Sym­phony, Duluth Supe­rior Youth Sym­phony, and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He has also taught dou­ble bass for a youth orches­tra out­reach pro­gram in Colom­bia. Nixon earned his Bach­e­lor of Music in Per­for­mance degree from The National Uni­ver­sity of Colom­bia with Her­nando Segura. He also earned his Mas­ter of Music in Per­for­mance degree from The Uni­ver­sity of North­ern Col­orado with James Vaughan.

The night started out with Nixon and his dou­ble bass fea­tur­ing Alex San­dor on piano, per­form­ing Tre giorni son che Nina. Alex San­dor is a Senior Lec­turer in Piano at UWS. He received his Mas­ters degree in piano per­for­mance from the Uni­ver­sity of Ari­zona and his Bachelor’s degree in piano per­for­mance from The Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Superior. The arrange­ment between the two worked out very well as they played the first two songs of the evening.

Accom­pa­ny­ing Nixon was inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized cel­list and music edu­ca­tor, Christina Roytz. Christina has had the pro­fes­sional oppor­tu­nity to per­form at venues around the world. She enjoys shar­ing her love of fine arts with young gen­er­a­tion of musi­cians. Christina and Nixon per­formed Alle­gro, Andante Molto, and Alle­groto fin­ish of their duet together. It was absolutely a beau­ti­ful per­for­mance with the cello and the dou­ble bass. Every­one absolutely loved watch­ing those two up there together and you could just feel the pas­sion pour­ing off the stage.

After an inter­mis­sion, it was time for the Cumbia Ensem­ble. The ensem­ble con­sists of Nixon’s wife Pamela Busto on clar­inet, Jeremy Cray­craft on per­cus­sion, Brett Jones on marimba, and Melanie Sever on flute. The Latin Amer­i­can ensem­ble was cre­ated as a clar­inet, cua­tro and bass trio for recitals at the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota Mor­ris and UWS. In 2010 they invited other fac­ulty mem­bers from the area to join the ensem­ble. The name for the actual group orig­i­nated from the first piece they played together which was a Columbian Cumbia. The group played six songs together and they did a tremen­dous job. The Ecau­a­to­rian Folk song and the Venezue­lan Waltz were fun songs to lis­ten to.

Nixon Busto and his ensem­ble ended the night with El Choclo, which is an Argen­tinean Tango. It was the per­fect song to end a great recital. The crowd gave him and the ensem­ble a stand­ing ova­tion. Every­one put on a great per­for­mance and Nixon Busto really is a pro­fes­sional per­former when it comes to the dou­ble bass.

Image cour­tesy of Nathan Kashak — The Stinger
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