Music with Bass

Armour Square Vespers & Ill Tempered Lancaran

Composed by: Nathaniel Braddock (b.1971)

Composed in 2004, these two pieces reference directly and indirectly, traditional Indonesian music. The prelude, "Armour Square Vespers," is wash of microtonal chords drawn from the Javan... listen »

Electric Counterpoint

Composed by: Steve Reich (b.1936)
Arranged by: Felix Salazar

Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint (1987) is one of the foremost pieces written for electric guitar ensemble. Although the original requires thirteen parts (11 guitars and 2 basses),... listen »

Imagined Overtures

Composed by: Frank J. Oteri (b.1964)

We add a drummer to perform Frank J. Oteri's 2005 microtonal rock suite. The original is for two guitars, bass, and drums. With the added power of the octet, we are able to bring a new heavines... listen »

La Porta, Canzone

Composed by: Giovanni Domenico Rognoni Taeggio (d.1626)
Arranged by: Ben Harbert

Saint Ignatius of Antioch (c.35-110) had a vision of angels singing in alternate choirs and adapted the mirror structure of Hebrew psalms into Christian worship. The practice of polychoral ant... listen »

Ladrang Siyem

Composed by: Traditional Javanese
Arranged by: Ben Harbert

In a feat of musical globe-trotting, "Ladrang Siyem" is a 1929 adaptation of a Western-influenced Thai tune – "Sanrasoen Phra Barami" – that has been reclaimed on el... listen »

Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus

Composed by: Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Arranged by: Andy Nathan

Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is an abridged dialogue between sound and divinity. "Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus" (Praise to Jesus... listen »

O' Jesu Mi Dulcissime

Composed by: Giovanni Gabrieli (c.1554-1612)
Arranged by: Ben Harbert

Saint Ignatius of Antioch (c.35-110) had a vision of angels singing in alternate choirs and adapted the mirror structure of Hebrew psalms into Christian worship. The practice of polychoral ant... listen »

Octet for Wind Instruments

Composed by: Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Arranged by: Ben Harbert

Originally written for flute, clarinet, bassoons, trumpets, and trombones, Igor Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments has been arranged for five electric guitars, one bass guitar, one bar... listen »

Octet, Op. 11

Composed by: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Arranged by: Ben Harbert (2007); Felix Salazar (2010)

We'll never know if Dmitri Shostakovich would have written for electric guitar, but this arrangement of his 1924 double string quartet makes you wonder if he would have found voice for his earl... listen »

Organ Sonata No. 1, F minor, Op. 65

Composed by: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1874)
Arranged by: Ben Harbert

The organ and the electric guitar have a lot in common: the physical distance between the played instrument and the sound source; the range of possible effects (organ stops and guitar pedals); the... listen »