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Paul Hanson

Current position(s): Bassoonist and Electric Bassoonist with Jon Baptiste’s American Symphony; Acoustic Bassoonist with Vitamin Em; Electric Bassoonist with Idiot Fish with Wally Schnalle; Paul Hanson’s Solo Bassoon Show; Vincent Houdijk’s Polestar Project; Electric Bassoonist with Raze The Maze (Progressive Rock Band)

Previous position(s): Electric Bassoonist with Billy Cobham’s Crosswinds Project; Bassoonist with Cirque Du Soleil’s ZED; Cirque Du Soleil’s SALTIMBANCO (multi-woodwind show); Electric Bassoonist with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; Electric Bassoonist with the Paul Dresher Ensemble; Assistant Bassoon Professor at Ithaca College of Music-2004

Education: Bachelors of Bassoon Performance, San Francisco Conservatory of Music 1997

Recordings as a Leader: 2019-New Days-Solo Bassoon(bluecoastmusic.com); 2008-Frolic In The Land of Plenty (www.abstractlogix.com); 2001-Voodoo Suite (bluecoastmusic.com)

Recordings with Other Artists: OoN (with Ariane Cap)-Polaris (2014). BILLY COBHAM: TimeLapse Photos-2019. DAVKA: Davka Live-2005 (Tzadik Records). JEFF DENSON: Concentric Circles 2015 (Ridgeway Records). WALLY SCHNALLE’S IDIOT FISH: Live Album (2020). KAREN BLIXT: Mad Hope-2009 with Alex Acuna, Patrice Rushen, Abraham Laboriel, Randy Brecker. JOEL HARRISON: Spirit House (2015) Whirlwind.

Solo appearances: Solo bassoon performances in numerous locations including the DAFX Festival in Aviero, Portugal 2018; University of North Carolina School of the Arts 2021; Vanderbilt University 2022; University of Florida School of Music 2015; Green Music Center, Santa Rosa CA 2017; New Music Festival, Chico State School of Music 2018; With Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra (Electric bassoon concertino) 2016; Solo performances as part of Paul Dresher Ensemble

Notable performances/accomplishments: Domestic and European touring for 2 years with Billy Cobham’s Crosswinds Project (2018-19); Recording and Touring for 2 years with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (2000-01); Performing Electric bassoon 380 shows a year with Cirque Du Soleil’s ZED in Tokyo, Japan (2008-12); Performing at Carnegie Hall with Jon Baptiste’s American Symphony (Sept 2022); Solo bassoon show in Aviero, Portugal at the DAFX Festival (Sept 2018); Performing with Billy Cobham in Moscow, Russia at the International House of Music, (Dec 2018); Paul Dresher Ensemble tour of Japan, Oct-Nov 1993 with the Interlink Festival and US State Department; Performing with Zenith Patrol (SF Boom Boom Room, 2003); Billy Cobham Crosswinds Ensemble featuring Randy Brecker (fall 2019)

Teaching Opportunities: Ithaca School of Music-Assistant Bassoon Professor for Lee Goodhew’s Sabbatical, 2004; Currently an adjunct teacher for the California Jazz Conservatory, Berkeley CA and in-store teacher at Forrests Music; Multiple masterclasses in bassoon improvisation and use of electronics in the USA and Europe

Instrument: Fox Model 660

As one reviewer puts it: “Paul plays at the very highest level surpassing almost anyone’s conception and ability on one of the most unforgiving instruments – ever. Over the past decade, Hanson has brought the double reed instrument into areas where it’s seldom, if ever, gone before, combining a commanding improvisational sensibility with funk, classical, and world music influences.”

For more information on Paul Hanson, visit his website here.

For the latest info on what he’s up to, follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/paulbassoon and Instagram at www.instagram.com/paulbassoon.

About the Artist's Instrument

My Model 660 bassoon just spoke to me. There is a certain sparkle in the way it blows when I play it. It is responsive, has a beautiful tone, and works well in many different genres from playing in a symphony to playing really loud amplified jazz/rock fusion. The tone stays intact and the warmth of the instrument always prevails.

Fox Artist Paul Hanson

Freelance Electric and Acoustic Contemporary Jazz Bassoonist

Features

  • Hand-selected and aged red maple body with mahogany finish
  • Silver-plated keys, posts, bands, and boot cap
  • Divided bass compact model
  • German bell ring (synthetic ivory)
  • Lining in wing joint and small bore of the boot
  • Body lock
  • Neck strap ring
  • Balance hanger
  • Cork wrapped tenons

Keywork

  • Full German key system
  • Rotary style right hand whisper key lock
  • Double High F and High E keys
  • High D key
  • High A bridge to whisper key
  • Ring key for left hand third finger
  • Crowned pancake key
  • Right thumb A♭-B♭ trill
  • Rollers for left little finger E♭ and D♭
  • Rollers for right little finger F and A♭
  • Rollers for right thumb B♭ and F♯
  • Left hand E♭ trill key
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