MandoBasso is a duo featuring Gunnar Biggs on bass and Bill Bradbury on mandolin. Biggs and Bradbury first came together as colleagues working on projects at both Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos. Biggs comes from a strong background in jazz and classical performance, Bradbury from a composition and computer music background. Their mutual love of Irish and traditional American music brought them together in this unique pairing of mandolin and bass. Mandobasso performances include arrangements of traditional music, new compositions, classical music, jazz and ragtime.
1. B’veld Bounce (Bradbury) A bouncy piece composed during a visit
Bill made to his childhood home near Barneveld, NY.
2. Autumn Meditation (Bradbury) A quiet meditation written as the
days grew shorter and the nights colder…
3. The Solstice Jig (Bradbury) Written after a late night jam around
the time of the Winter Solstice.
4. Love is a Killing Thing (Traditional) An improvisation on a
traditional Irish song of the same name, telling a tale of unrequited
5. Hope Springs Eternal/The Favorite Grandson (Bradbury) The
opening/ending slow piece is dedicated to Bill’s mother, Hope, and
the faster middle piece is dedicated to her “favorite grandson,”
Bill’s son Chase. Played on octave mandolin.
6. Zanesville Breakdown (Biggs) Zanesville is Gunnar's birthtown
in southern Ohio.
7. Captain O’Kane (O’Carolan) A lovely piece written by the 18th
Century Irish harper, Turlough O’Carolan, here given the MandoBasso
8. Big Salt Creek (Biggs) Big Salt Creek is one of two creeks
bordering Gunnar's father's childhood farm in southern Ohio.
9. Hands Free G (Biggs) A little loop action in G minor.
10. Buttermilk Falls (Bradbury) Buttermilk Falls is the beautiful
park in Ithaca, NY where Bill married his soul mate. Dedicated with
love to Dana.
11. Refrigerator Magnets (Bradbury) A fun little piece dedicated to
MandoBasso’s canine buddies, A.J., Koshi, Steve and M.O.
12. Augmented Waltz (Bradbury) This odd waltz meandering through
three distant keys (G, B, Eb, an augmented triad) is rumored to have
been discovered on an old 78 found in the attic of a mid-Western
"There's a hazard growing up with a dad who's a music Phd & gifted French Horn player. I'm grateful that I was never pushed onto the path toward music - but rather, given the support and unbridled freedom to find my own way. Thanks mom and dad.
"I've been blessed with that same level of support for the last twenty-eight years with my wife Bonnie, the love of my life. Her gentle and loving spirit lifts me and the music and guides me throughout my days.
"Thanks to brother Bill for rattling me out of my esoteric jazz cage to discover the simple beauty of this music. Your compositional and technological prowess made this a true learning and growing experience for me.
"Thanks to Koshi and AJ for gifting me daily with the ability to enjoy the world through a different set of nostrils."
"Several years ago I came back to the mandolin after nearly 25 years, a homecoming of sorts as I first learned to play on my grandfather’s mandolin (discovered in my grandmother’s attic when I was 15). It’s good to be back! Much gratitude to Gunnar for your encouragement, you challenged me to go places on the mandolin I wouldn’t have imagined a couple of years ago and your consummate musicianship has been a great inspiration. Also thanks to the wonderful instructors at the Mandolin Symposium at UC Santa Cruz. And many thanks to my family for your support over the years: my parents Hope and Bill, siblings Jane, Laura and Dean, my extended family, and, especially, my wife Dana and our son Chase. Without you two my life just isn’t complete; I’m blessed that you’ve chosen to share the journey with me…"