Contrabass player Carl Royce is based in Monrovia, California, a sweet little All American town situated in the San Gabriel Mountains’ foothills, just East of Pasadena. It’s about a 25-minute drive to ‘downtown’ Los Angeles.
Royce recalls his first encounter with the sound of the contrabass at a performance by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra (Moscow, Idaho) when he was just 4 years old. An obsessive and stubborn autodidact, Carl later seized the opportunity to explore the contrabass’ vast range of timbres on his own. He went on to study privately with renowned contrabassists Putter Smith and Gary Peacock, among others. Carl counts among his favorite contrabassists Barre Phillips and Gabe Noel.
Carl’s contrabass is a Harold Jaegar export model, constructed in 1933. He meticulously amplifies his instrument and processes the signal electronically in order to arrive at a distinctive palette of unusual organic tones. Here is a link to more info on Carl’s bass rig and pedalboard.
Contrabass player Carl Royce also composes for film and modern dance choreographers. Royce is a founding member of improvisational ambient jazz quartet Baker’s Brew. The quartet performs regularly in experimental music and jazz venues and has released a number of albums on the Psychosomatic Records label. Recordings of Royce’s compositions, performances, and collaborations can be found here.
Carl is also actively creative in the visual arts, specifically sculpture and product design.