Manage episode 280269850 series 2761099
Born and raised in Innsbruck, Austria, Ariane has been musically active since the age of five, playing classical piano and the recorder. She entered the Conservatory of the Land Tirol at age 6, where she studied the piano and the flute until the age of 18. She started playing in local rock, pop and dance bands and picked up the electric bass and soon added the upright. She entered the Academy of Music Vienna in 1996 studying jazz bass and bass education. In 1998, she received a scholarship from the Academy of Music of Vienna in Austria to the University of Miami, where she spent a year in the graduate program on Austrian and US scholarships. She then received a teaching assistantship at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she received her Graduate Certificate of Music.
Ariane has studied with greats such as Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Chuck Rainey, Gerald Veasley, Kai Eckhardt, Kenny Werner, and others.
Ariane has played in countless bands and projects in Europe and the US, enjoying eclectic styles. She particularly loved playing with bands such as the Mozartband (a fusion of funk, rock and Mozart featuring members of the Viennese Philharmonic), and the Celtic rock band Tempest, who she toured with for three years. Ariane recorded and toured with "kindie-rock" sensation The Sippy Cups, a psychedelic rock circus appealing to kids and their parents alike with jugglers, aerialists, and a rocking show, as well as The Palmwine Boys, who fuse acoustic African Palmwine Music with Americana. Ariane was part of the creation of Cirque du Soleil's adaptation of The Tempest, Amaluna, in Montreal.
She is an experienced sideman as well, most recently supporting guitar virtuoso Muriel Anderson and the German flamenco stars Tierra Negra on fretted and fretless basses, or Cabo Jazz pianist Diego Rodriguez and vocalist extraordinaire Daline Jones. She recently recorded with multi Grammy award winning producer Keith Olsen. Current bands include Lara Price's Girls Got the Blues, an all-star female cast of Bay Area musicians including Janice Maxie-Reid, Pam Hawkins and Annie Sampson, as well as the platinum winning band Generation Esmeralda with Jimmy Goings. She plays 80's Rock and adaptations of game music with the band Raj and the Zenmasters.
Ariane also performs a solo set featuring a genre bending selection (from Bach via Jazz to African World Music) of originals and covers performed on her effects and looping setup. Her latest project is a duo with Bassoonist Paul Hanson, the OoN Band (Out of Nowhere).
The founder of "Step Up Music Vallejo," she is also an educator. She co-conducts bass seminars and rock camps all over the US, teaching along side Steve Bailey, Leo Nocentelli, DJ Logic, Dave LaRue, Carl Verheyen, Walfredo Reyes, and others. She regularly teaches at the Berkeley Jazz School and Workshop, in high demand for her "Pattern system" approach and her creative way of integrating music theory and ear training naturally. In 2014, she was selected by the prestigious Ucross Foundation to participate in an artist in residence program in Ucross, Wyoming. She used this time to write, compose and practice 11 hours a day and more.
As a freelancing composer and sound designer, Ariane has turned out music and sound for hand held and online games for Wolf Track Audio, Karney Music, and Sound and Somatone.
Andrew Ford is a bass player, composer, arranger, producer and educator. He has performed with legendary artists in almost every major genre of music, while also having a Masters degree in Education. He has recorded, toured, or performed with Al Jarreau, Whitney Houston, David Crosby, Robben Ford, Chaka Khan, George Duke, Gladys Knight, James Ingram, Israel Houghton, Dianne Reeves, Peabo Bryson, Patti Austin, Lynne Fiddmont, Christopher Cross, Jerry Butler, Michael McDonald, David Pack, The Emotions, Melissa Manchester, Brenda Russell, Phil Perry, The Stylistics, Larry Carlton, Oleta Adams, Jeffrey Osborne, Jeff Lorber, Deniece Williams, Randy Crawford, Norman Brown, Graham Nash, Boney James, Paul Brown, Kirk Whalum, Michael Paulo and many others.
Andrew has taught bass at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood(BIT), Citrus Community College, the Los Angeles Music Academy, and the University of La Verne. He has also taught Music Business at the college level. He has written or co-written many songs, including "Flame" which is on the 2013 Grammy Nominated Al Jarreau project. Andrew has also had success writing for tv, with a number of songs in regular rotation.