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Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos


Howard Bass

Program Producer

Howard Bass has been program producer at the National Museum of American History since 1981. His work includes producing public programs, festivals, and recordings.

Recent projects include *Electrified, Amplified, and Deified: The Electric Guitar, Its Makers, and Its Players,* and the *Blue Guitars* series. He was the music program producer for the "Smithsonian's America" exhibition in Chiba, Japan, in 1994, and for the "Music of New Mexico Festival" in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1993. For twelve years he produced American History Museum's "American Sampler" series, with programs related to museum exhibitions and heritage month celebrations.

Bass has produced four recordings of Native American and Hispanic traditional music for the Smithsonian Folkways label; the most recent is Heartbeat II: More Voices of First Nations Women, coproduced with Rayna Green; they also coproduced the "Heartbeat: Voices of First Nations Women" program at the 1995 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

He is a professional lutenist and has performed and recorded with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Hesperus, La Rondinella, the Folger Consort, and the Baltimore Consort, among others.


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