"Bass and bassoon are not your usual musical duo partners. But when Paul Hanson and Ariane Cap met and talked about how they have both been using their instruments beyond their traditional roles, they felt an immediate kinship on so many levels. They agreed that what matters most is the music and not the 'tool'. They could relate how one could just fall in love with a sound. They understood the challenge and joy of hearing something inside and bending the instrument beyond its intended techniques to create new sounds.
They both went digging into their piles of favorite compositions and came together to jam and experiment. As soon as music started speaking it became apparent that they had a unique sound! Their shared appreciation for diverse styles immediately took them around the world, to the past and into the present. Above all what made it click was their huge appreciation for melody, and - equally above all - their huge appreciation for groove. In record time they put together a set of music that is fiery and fresh, interesting and unexpected, always staying musical, groovy and melodious. This Friday, from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at the Cadillac Hotel, Hanson and Cap will take their instruments beyond traditional roles and will dish up something totally interesting, fresh and unexpected..."
"As a bassoonist over the last 20 years, Paul has been one of a select few setting new standards for what is possible on this most classical of woodwind instruments. As one reviewer puts it, “But he simply transcends technique to a point where the listener no longer has in mind that it’s a BASSOON that he’s playing.” From his roots as an award-winning classical bassoonist and jazz saxophonist-Paul has enjoyed a truly diverse musical career.
As an improvising bassoonist, Paul has recorded and/or performed with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine, Cirque Du Soleil, David Binney, Dennis Chambers, Zenith Patrol, Billy Childs, Billy Higgins, Ray Charles, Charlie Hunter, Patrice Rushen, Alex Acuna, Abraham Laboriel, Medeski Martin & Wood, Bob Weir’s RATDOG, T. Lavitz from Dixie Dregs, Jeff Coffin, Jeff Sipe, Jonas Hellborg, Afro/Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, Bob Moses, Kai Eckhardt. Paul has lent his bassoon playing to The Klezmorim, St. Josephs Ballet, soloist with Napa Symphony, jazz bassoon soloist with Oakland East Bay Symphony, DAVKA.
As a saxophonist, Paul has recorded and/or performed with Eddie Money (tenor sax soloist on the 1985 hit song “Take Me Home Tonight”), Boz Scaggs, The Temptations, Tower of Power, Steve Smith, Tom Coster, Randy Jackson (pre-American Idol), What It Is, Omar Sosa, dobroist Rob Ickes, Bobby Blue Bland and others.
Ariane Cap is an Austrian multi instrumentalist, composer, music educator, bassist (upright, electric, fretless, mini bass), pianist, vocalist and flutist. She has turned out compositions for Karney Music and Sound, Somatone and Wolftrack audio, regularly teaches at the Berkeley Jazz School, The Wyoming Rock Camp Experience (10 years in residence), the Berkeley Jazz Workshop and her own Music School, Step Up Music.
Performing credits include the Celtic Rock Band Tempest, The Kid-punk rock band The Sippy Cups, the African Band The Palmwine Boys, the Guitar Virtuoso Muriel Anderson, the Austrian funk band The Mozart Band and Cirque du Soleil as well as many local Jazz, Wold and Rock/Funk artists.
Ariane also performs a bass solo program using loopers and effects and has recently teamed up with Bassoonist Paul Hanson to create the eclectic duo OoN. She is currently working on several recording projects featuring her own music as well as writing books on her teaching methods.
An album, video project as well as Kickstarter Campaign are in the works...."