Logan Coale is a native of Portland, Oregon. Logan is the Assistant Principal Bass of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and is on faculty at the Kinhaven Music School in Weston, Vermont. In New York, Logan is a member of NOW Ensemble, The Knights Chamber Orchestra, and William Brittelle’s Television Landscape. He also performs regularly with Alarm Will Sound, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Wordless Music Orchestra, The Queen’s Band Baroque Music Ensemble, The Long Count with members of indie-rock band The National, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Logan is a graduate of the Tanglewood Music Center where he was a fellow in 2004 and 2006, and has participated in the Aspen, Schlesswig-Holstein, Domaine-Forget, National Repertory Orchestra, and Moritzburg Festival Academy summer music programs. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in double bass performance from Boston University. His teachers include Edwin Barker, Principal Bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, BSO member Todd Seeber and Tim Pitts, Principal Bass of the Houston Symphony. Logan can be heard on Sony Classical and Ancalagon Records with The Knights, XL Recordings and Parlophone Records with Jonsi Birgisson of Sigur Ros, and on New Amsterdam Records with NOW Ensemble and Television Landscape.
How did you get started playing your instrument, and how did it turn into a career?
I got started playing bass in 5th grade, when I found out that Jaws sounded best on the bass. It became a career (wait you can make money at this?) when in college I figured out that I didn’t want to do anything else.
Talk about one of your most satisfying musical performance experiences.
High school Jazz band…I will never forget the first times I figured out how great playing music with a great group of friends could make me feel.
What gets you interested in/inspired by/excited about playing a new piece of music?
Getting to the point where I know a piece well enough that I can express my musical voice from within it.
What is your listening “guilty pleasure?”
Harper Blynn covering Beyonce’s Halo.
What projects do you have coming up that we should know about?
The NOW Ensemble album coming out in the spring. I’m beginning to work on recording a great two bass clarinet piece called Black by Mark Mellits using electric bass instead of the clarinets (look for it on the website in about a month), and I’m excited to be a part of Judd Greenstein’s new ensemble The Yehudim.
Please answer: If I were not a musician, I would be a ________, because _________.
I would be a ski patroller, because then I’d get to ski all the time.
Logan will be premiering Mint Conditioner for double bass and electronics on Thursday, November 18th at Roulette in NYC.