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Dave Riedstra is a contrabassist and electric bass guitarist specializing in new and experimental music. His performances are known for their distinctively earthy immediacy and sensitivity. Riedstra primarily works with emerging composers in the development of new solo and chamber works. He has premiered pieces by dozens of composers in performances across British Columbia and Ontario, and is a frequent collaborator with the Victoria Composers Collective and the (now defunct) KWG New Music Collective. In other contexts, Riedstra performs standard orchestral and jazz repertoire.

Dave Riedstra performing Hollas Longton's Dissonance for Why Can't Minimal: Do This at Open Space. Photo: Adrian Paradis

Dave Riedstra performing Hollas Longton’s Dissonance for Why Can’t Minimal: Do This at Open Space. Photo: Adrian Paradis

Riedstra has premiered dozens of works by composers including Mitch Renaud, Annette Brosin, and Chris Reiche. Listen to some of these below.

Dave Riedstra. Photo: Shantal Marie Creative

Dave Riedstra. Photo: Shantal Marie Creative

Some recent premieres:

Renaud, Mitch – Resonance | Sites (Palimpsest III)
Longton, Hollas – Dissonance
Jang, Alex – the keeper of sheep
Sit, Janet – 火 藥/Fire Medicine
Sit, Janet – Without Asking
Hemphill, Ryan M. – Looking through Blue Glass
Krell, Nolan – (glueing these birds to your arms has been great but I’ve grown to hate you)
Penhale, Lynne – Immortality
Gibson, Liam Ross – i n s i d e o f g h o s t s
Martins, Maria Eduarda – About Gesang der Jünglinge
Brosin, Annette – Percept
Brosin, Annette – Vertices
Friedman, Nathan – Die Kunst der Funk
Maynard, Seán – you don’t make rails out of glass for a reason
Reiche, Chris – Sonatina
Martins, Maria Eduarda – Mirrors
Gibson, Liam Ross – Nothing is More Likely
Hemphill, Ryan M. – XXXVI Machine
Simon, Alexander – I. Largo (from “Another”)
Simon, Alexander – II. Intermezzo (from “Another”)
Foley, David J. – Music for Oboe, Rototoms, Celesta, and Double Bass