Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic
SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL MUSICAL EXPERIENCE
Musician (bass, spoken word, performance art). Occasional performances with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Keith Jarrett, Bill T. Jones, Captain Kangaroo, Tuli Kupferberg (Fuggs), Jemeel Moondoc, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), and in Broadway musicals. Music educational and biographical essays published in leading reference books and journals. Appearances on nationwide television and radio. Taught privately--and at The Boston Conservatory, Berklee, Massachusetts College of Art, Northeastern University, and Boston Arts Academy. Served on the Board of Overseers at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. Twelve recordings, one video released....
Source: John Voigt
“John Voigt's bass has developed into a loquacious and pleasing conversationalist through his fastidious attention to timbre and a wealth of experience” Elliott Simon, allaboutjazz.com, March 3, 2007. In his hands the bass turns into a real talker, a mythical creature, a mouthpiece for the history of man. Voigt's very personal musical metaphors should not be missed. -- The Improvisor, 1993. John Voigt is an avatar of creative music in Boston -- Cadence, Dec. 1997. Friday night brought one of the world's most inventively alive bass players to Seattle. Boston's John Voigt has done everything from transforming his instrument into a conduit for readings of the Kabbalah to wringing from its neck the scream of an electrocuted pickle. Bill White, Seattle Post- Intelligencer, July 2002. A bassist-composer who writes a highly crafted music exquisitely fashioned for our instrument....An eclectic, experimental composer out of the [Charles] Ives mold. Bertram Turetzky, Bass World, vol. VIII, no. 1. [about Voigt CD Outsider Bass] Offers a sonic delight comparable to a warm bath that tingles the pores and excites the mind to wander in a world of fantasy.--Gary Karr, contrabass soloist. An incredible example that the bass can do it all -- if it's in the right hands. Richard Appleman, columnist for Bass Player, and Chair of the Bass Department, Berklee College of Music. John was bass player on these two award winning CDs: Top Ten 2001 Critics' picks [Best Jazz CDs of the Year]: Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys. Gerald Futrich-- Coda, 300/301. Top Ten 1997 Critics' Picks [Best Jazz CDs of the Year]: Fire In The Valley. Steve Holtje-- Jazziz, vol. 15/3.