Eva Kess: "The sound of bass comes from the left hand. The right hand is important as well, but it’s how you press the strings that forms the tone"

Eva Kess
(Image credit: Eva Kess)

Born in Germany in 1985, Eva Kess grew up in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre and later in Bern, Switzerland, where she lives today. Growing up, she sang songs in German, English, Portuguese, French, and Swiss German with her family, and studied the piano before switching to double bass at the age of 17. 

Studying and transcribing recordings by Paul Chambers, Oscar Pettiford, Charlie Haden, and Larry Grenadier, she attended the Music Academy of Basel and later won a scholarship to study in New York City. In 2010, Kess released her debut album, Wondering What Is Coming, and followed up in 2017 with Flying Curly, a co-production with the Radio SRF 2 Kultur released on the UNIT Records label. Her current album, Falling Stars, is out now, as she explains. 

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