[Legendary musician and bass guitar icon Victor Wooten will be hosting five virtual events (one that has already passed) discussing his new book, The Spirit of Music: The Lesson Continues. Below is more information regarding it via his press release.]
Save The Dates: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26 / 6PM-8PM CST
“Five-time GRAMMY award-winning bass player, producer, composer, author, and educator Victor Wooten will launch The Spirit of Music Book Club, a five-night virtual event that will provide an in-depth look into his recently released novel and audiobook, The Spirit of Music: The Lesson Continues.
Over five consecutive Monday nights beginning June 28, Victor will cover 4 Measures (Chapters) from The Spirit of Music and feature special guests, including people who inspired the characters and/or who were the voices on the audiobook. Held in conjunction with Victor and Steve Bailey’s new website, thebassvault.com, this unique experience is the story brought to life. You can register here.
The sequel to The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music (2006), The Spirit of Music is a fable-like story that follows three musicians from around the world who are mysteriously summoned to Nashville, the Music City, to join with Victor to do battle against the “Phasers,” whose blinking “music-canceling” headphones silence and destroy all musical sound. Only by coming together, connecting, and making the joyful sounds of immediate, “live” music can the world be restored to the power and spirit of music.
Normally held in-person at his namesake Center for Music and Nature in Tennessee, every month through September, Wooten will host monthly virtual programs. Now in its 22nd year, and virtual due to the pandemic, Vix camps teach not only music but also theory, nature, and most importantly, the relationship between music and nature. To register, visit Vix Camps.
As the youngest of five brothers, Victor began playing music at the age of two years old. Under the tutelage of his older brother Regi, Victor was playing gigs and touring with the family band by the age of five. The Wooten Brothers performed with Curtis Mayfield, WAR, and The Temptations, among others. Rolling Stone lauded Victor, a founding member of the supergroup Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, by noting, “every player in the Flecktones is a master, but when Wooten busts out a solo at a concert, every jaw in the audience drops to the ground.”
Named “One of the Top 10 Bassists of All Time” by Rolling Stone, he has been voted “Bassist of the Year” three times by Bass Player magazine readers’ poll. In 2017, Huffington Post named him one of “50 Iconic Black Trailblazers,” pictured just after President Barack Obama.
Not only an accomplished musician and original member of the jazz and bluegrass band Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, but Wooten is also an acrobat, magician, and skilled naturalist who created Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature in 2000, a 147-acre camp retreat in Tennessee for people of all ages. Through highly interactive programs on topics such as music, nature, community, and creativity, Wooten aims to enhance students’ abilities with tools that can be used to enrich their personal lives as well.”