Hailed by many as the world’s leading solo bassist, Michael Manring has been pushing back the boundaries of what’s possible on the bass guitar for over two decades. A student of bass legend Jaco Pastorius, Michael has honed his skills on hundreds of recordings and thousands of live shows around the world. He has worked with a diverse collection of artists including the late guitar genius Michael Hedges, new age keyboardist Suzanne Ciani, avant-improv guitar innovator Henry Kaiser, celebrated folk troubadour John Gorka, experimental post-metal rockers Tim Alexander (Primus) and Alex Skolnick (Testament) and electro-pop pioneer Thomas Dolby. He has earned two gold records, Grammy and Bammie nominations, a Berklee School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, two Just Plain Folks Awards and numerous Bass Player Magazine Reader’s Poll awards including 1994 Bassist of the Year.
He currently focuses his energies on his innovative solo concerts where he displays the expressive skills that led The San Jose Mercury News to call him “…a virtuoso electric bassist who’s almost single-handedly re-defined the outer limits of the instrument” and The Philadelphia Inquirer to refer to him as simply “…the hottest bassist today.”
A native Texan who resides in Seattle, Gunn is known for the unusual 10-string touch guitar that he plays. From the blistering live recordings at the Royal Albert Hall in London with David Sylvian and Robert Fripp (“Damage”, Virgin Records) to ten years recording and touring with King Crimson – a group many contend as the most aggressively, adventurous rock band of all time – Gunn is associated with a constant stream of cutting edges projects.
In addition to the powerful performances and recordings of his groups TU, KTU, The Security Project and the multi-mediators Quodia, Gunn has toured and/or recorded with TOOL, John Paul Jones, Maynard J. Keenan’s “Puscifer”, Vernon Reid, Azam Ali, David Hykes of the Harmonic Choir and Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree.
When not on the road, Gunn continues his work scoring for tv/film, runs his own media label (7d Media) and coaches musicians in the creative process.
Deemed a bass virtuoso by Rolling Stone and Bass Guitar magazines, Mexico native Alonso Arreola is well-known in his homeland as a world class bassist, instructor and music journalist. Arreola founded the LabA workshop and has led master classes internationally at major universities and music conferences. He has recorded six solo albums, a DVD and recorded with guitar wizard David Fiuczynski and King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto. He recently created the show Las Partículas Horizontales in collaboration with controversial French writer/poet Michel Houellebecq and wrote the recital Confabulario Musical honoring his famed grandfather, Mexican writer Juan José Arreola. In 2012 he won the prestigious Musician of the Year award from Music:Life magazine. Alonso has toured the globe, fronting his own projects (LabA / Arreola + Carballo) and/or as a member of the band La Barranca (2001-2007).
Bass legend Victor Wooten says of Arreola, “Alonso is an inspiration to me as a person and a musician. He’s not just a good bass player but a wonderful musician and a creative composer.”