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.