Photo Credit Joshua Gross

Gear I Use

Owning my Morelli bass since 1992, there isn’t a string that sounds or feels better on it than my Pirastro Obligatos. For my travel bass, I’m sold on Evah Pirazzi. These strings hold up extremely well to the fast transition between bass assembly and concert time. I’m a proud endorser of Pirastro Strings.

Bass Amplifier: Depending on the situation, we feed the bass microphone out to the house and use the bass amp as our stage monitor. I like using Acoustic Image. It is light and sounds great.

Microphones: My husband founded DPA microphones, so I realize that I’m probably a little biased. While he’s no longer affiliated with DPA, we still use primarily DPA for everything from my voice to my bass and the rest of the band. (no endorsement)

Vocal Monitor: No matter where I travel, I have my TC Helicon Voicesolo FX150 with me. There are always places that either don’t have a monitor or they are lacking reverb for the voice. With the monitor, I have it all with me and I can control the sound myself. (no endorsement)

Sound Gear: Traveling to venues of varying sizes, there are times when the sound board is in a “less than convenient” location. We travel with the QSC TouchMix-16 to avoid problems. Morten can control it with his iPad and plug into the existing sound system. It has been a real life saver. We also have QSC speakers for the rare occasions when we have to bring our own stuff. The sound is killin’ and it is easy to haul around.

There are few bassists who can sing and there are even fewer who can do it well. Kristin Korb is one of those artists who make you forget that she is playing the bass when you hear her crystalline voice. Inspired by the days when music was romantic and made you want to dance, Kristin and her trio embody that spirit and carry their audiences along for the ride. Love eventually brought the American bassist and vocalist to Denmark in 2011.

In November 2016, Korb released her eighth CD, Beyond the Moon. Inspired by the storytelling of one of America’s greatest lyricists, Johnny Mercer, Kristin includes several of his biggest hits and then takes a voyage of discovery into unpublished texts that Mercer never made into songs.

Kristin’s performances of all eleven songs thrive on elements that she and Mercer have in common; reverence for melody; phrasing and inflection influenced by the blues; understanding of the relationship of harmonies to tunes and words. In making songs of orphan texts from the Mercer archive, Kristin and Magnus Hjorth, the pianist in her trio, evoke Mercer’s powers of rhythm and rhyme. They and drummer Snorre Kirk comprise a working group in high demand in Europe, where they live, and in their US tours.

Additional background information:

Korb earned her Music Education degree at Eastern Montana College and her masters in Classical Bass Performance the University of California, San Diego. It was while she was a student at UCSD that her professor, Bertram Turetzky inspired her to sing and play bass at the same time. She also studied with Ray Brown, with whom she made her recording debut, Introducing Kristin Korb with the Ray Brown Trio released in 1996.

She has taught at the University of Southern California where she was coordinator of vocal jazz studies, Azuza Pacific University, Grossmont Community College and was Director of Jazz Studies at Central Washington University. Korb is still very involved in educational outreach and teaches at universities, jazz camps and festivals with young students.

As President of the International Society of Bassists, Korb was artistic director for the 2013 ISB Convention in Rochester, NY (Eastman School of Music).

Kristin tours across the world and has performed with jazz artists such as Llew Matthews, Kim Richmond, Pete Christlieb, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Riel and Jan Lundgren.

She now lives in Denmark with her Danish husband. When she’s not playing music, Kristin enjoys going to the gym, maintaining her position as family salad ninja, and exploring the world of wine tasting through travel.

Concert Education Guide

I love doing outreach concerts for students. In order to prepare students for what they’re going to see and hear, I’ve made a little online guide with videos and more to tell students a little about the band and what we do.

(Grades 5-12)

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