String Bass? Bassoon?

OK, so neither a string bass nor a bassoon is a member of the flute family.  Both instruments however, blend well with flutes and fill out the bass line of our music on pieces that benefit from a more robust low voice than that produced by alto and bass flutes.

String Bass

 

Currently we’re extremely fortunate to have a string bass player in our ensemble.  Also called a double bass or upright bass, this instrument is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument.

 

 

 

Bassoon

Bassoon

 

 

In the past, one of our members doubled on bassoon for some pieces.  A double-reed instrument, the bassoon is known for its distinctive tone colour, wide range, and variety of character.  Listeners often compare its warm, dark, reedy timbre to that of a male baritone voice.