Saturday, October 20th, 2012 at 6:00pm
Join us for a great night of music featuring the talents of Darren Michaels, Brittany Frompovich and Ben Titus.
Atlanta solo bassist, Darren Michaels, offers a different brand of bass-centric music. Listeners have
described the sounds he makes as ranging from rocking singer/songwriter to a singing DJ who plays
all the parts on bass. Through the use of advanced techniques, altered tunings, effects, looping, and
just a pinch of musical hocus pocus, Michaels paints musical landscapes that often cause listeners to forget it’s just one little fellow singing and playing an electric bass guitar. Since graduating with honors from Atlanta Institute of Music in 2000, Michaels has released three solo albums and toured throughout the country as a soloist and sideman. You can also find him holding down the bass chair in the Atlanta funk band Abby Wren & What It Is. For more information about Darren Michaels visit
Ben holds a BM in Music Education (PreK-12 Instrumental) from Longwood University. He studied clarinet with Dr. Charles Kinzer and Richmond Symphony alum David Niethamer, while also remaining an active bassist, studying jazz with Dr. Kinzer and winning the Outstanding Performer Award at the UNC-Wilmington Jazz Festival in 2006. By the end of his time at LU, Ben was the principal clarinetist with the Wind Symphony and top bassist for the Jazz Ensembles.
Ben Titus will perform some tunes from his new (and as yet unnamed) duo project with solo bassist Brittany Frompovich. Since becoming a free-lance bassist in 2005, Ben has developed a reputation as a first-call jazz, blues, fusion, and rock bassist in the Central and Northern Virginia areas. He has shared the stage with the late great tenor saxophonist James Moody, Grammy Award-Winning alto saxophonist Eric Marienthal, John DeSalme (tenor sax, US Army Blues), Duffy Jackson (drums), Adam Nitti, Bryan Beller, Richard Waller, and has opened for Jimmie's Chicken Shack and the Edwin McCain Band.
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