Band: Solo Artist
Bio: Michael Dimin literally wrote the book on the art of the solo bassist. Through his groundbreaking books, "The Art of Solo Bass" (Mel Bay) and "The Chordal Approach" and his work as a lesson columnist for Bass Sessions (Mel Bay webzine), Bass Guitar Magazine (UK), Bassics, Bass Frontiers Magazines and as a guest columnist for Bass Player Magazine, Mike has brought the concept of solo bass to the fore. Talkbass.com columnist, Max Valentino said of Mike, "Above it all he is a supreme musician, with a singular, unique voice on his instrument." Mike has taken his revolutionary approach, unparalleled technique and mastery of the instrument and combined it with a sense of musicianship, lyricism and beauty that transcends the site of a solo bassist on stage. Cliff Engel of basically.net states that, "Michael Dimin has elevated the standards in the field of bass artistry. Look out!" Greg Haymes of the Albany Times Union states, "Dimin is in full command of an instrument that gets the spotlight all too rarely."
Mike has dedicated the past 25 years to expanding the role of the bass and educating a legion of bassists to the possibilities that lie within themselves and their instrument. As a clinician for Zon Guitars, Euphonic Audio, Boomerang Music and Thomastik-Infeld strings, Mike has been given the opportunity to combine the two things he loves most, playing and teaching bass. Brian Ostro of London, England states, "I find your music incredibly inspiring. Your rendition of "Autumn Leaves" is an amazingly beautiful piece, which gives me many joys. Your looping work has changed the way I see the instrument! Thank you for doing what you do!" Mike has been featured in Bass Player Magazine, Bassics Magazine, Global Bass Magazine as well on internet sites such as Talkbass, For Bass Players Only and The International Institute of Bass. He has conducted workshops, master classes and performances from Los Angeles to Istanbul and has been featured at some of the most prestigious bass events such as Gerald Veasley?s Bass Boot Camp, The Anaheim Bass Bash, BassQuake 2003, The Detroit Bass Festival, The Bass Collective and more. Gerald Veasley has stated, "We'll definitely have you back at a future BBC. You are an awesome educator!"
Joe Pass inspired chord melodies seamlessly integrated with spontaneous loops create lush arrangements of everything from Jazz standards to R&B and pop classics to Mike?s original ethereal, melodic jazz. His sense of melody and soloing has been compared to everyone from Kenny Burrell to Pat Metheny and his innovation on the bass has been mentioned in the same breath as the legends, Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke and Victor Wooten. His CD "Big Droppins" fills the void left by the loss of Jaco Pastorius" says the John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize winner, Pat Humphries. David Winstead says, "Your playing continues to amaze everyone."
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