This video took 2-1/2 years to make. A Korean horn bow takes one year to complete and every season has its processes. This is a two-tape set (four hours) and packed with information about how the famous Korean horn bow is made. Follow Korean Master Bowyer Geuk-hwan Park as he skillfully takes bamboo, horn, sinew and other materials and turns them into a work of art.
Bassist Ron Carter varies the personnel often enough to keep one's interest throughout this CD. Carter, who contributed six of the ten compositions (which alternate with four familiar standards) takes his share of bass solos but also showcases pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba (who is pretty restrained throughout) on the opening "Mr. Bow-Tie" and allocates a generous amount of solo space on some selections to trumpeter Edwin Russell (inspired by Miles Davis but possessing his own fire) and Javon Jackson, who often sounds like a close relative of Joe Henderson.
The Art of the Bow is the state-of-the-art DVD investigating the subtleties of one of the world's greatest string players, double bassist Francois Rabbath. Sold in over 20 countries and a must for any string player or teacher, the Art of the Bow features the award-winning bassist perfoming live with orchestra and giving extensive interviews on topics ranging from teaching philosophies to performance anxiety.
Malcolm McLaren, of Sex Pistols fame, made teenager Annabella Lwin the centerpiece of his next creation. Backing her with members of Adam & the Ants, they were dubbed Bow Wow Wow and released See Jungle! See Jungle! in 1981. The focus was on style and the music was a mix of dance and new wave always with a heavy nod toward percussion. The results are mixed and you sometimes have the feeling that you are hearing the same song repeated. However, it's difficult not to find yourself drumming your fingers to the frantic beats. Lwin makes sure that you never forget that she's only 15, either through her vocal delivery or her outright declarations (as on "Chihuahua"). The band also serves up an interesting spaghetti Western instrumental on "Orang-outang" and everything falls into place on "Go Wild in the Country," with Lwin's uninhibited shrieks touting the merits of getting away from it all.
Lecture-demonstrtions are enhanced by user-selectable camera angles. The highlight of the DVD is the "Silent Motion Study" - biomechanics animations that clearly show the intricacies of the 7 families of bow strokes. Over 3 hours in length, this DVD represents a milestone for modern string pedagogy.