San Francisco Bay Area Bass Teachers
Atemu Aton has for the past twenty-two years been working as a Music Educator, Administrator, Jazz composer and performer. The last eleven of those years have been in the San Francisco Bay area. He has been responsible for teaching and developing music curricula and programs in Oakland, Chicago and in Boston. In addition, Mr. Aton toured the world performing Jazz, R&B, Reggae and World Beat music with various bands, taught upright and electric bass privately, and has released two CD’s of original compositions.
Mr. Aton earned his Master's Degree in Music Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Chicago State University. He has continued to perform professionally throughout the U.S. and overseas.
Areas of interest include Jazz composition and performance, music theory, music production, Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, R&B and Reggae. While pursuing his education Mr. Aton had the opportunity to study with Dave Holland, Malachi Favors of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Lockwood and George Russell, creator of the Lydian Chromatic Concept of tonal harmonization.
Mirco Melone is a multi-faceted, multi-instrumental musician who loves to further his knowledge of the languages and forms of all music. He has collaborated as a musician and arranger in the studio with various Italian bands and songwriters, and divides his time between playing live and in the studio as well as teaching bass guitar and double bass and composing original music.
Mirco is a bass and double bass player and musical arranger from Bologna, Italy who currently lives in Alameda, California. Mirco began studying bass guitar at the age of fourteen in Imola, Italy with renowned teacher Pierluigi Mingotti. He initially played rock/classic rock, pop, and funk, but has since broadened his interests to include electronic and ethnic music as well as jazz and classical music. He has played in many tribute, cover, and local rock bands. He holds advanced degrees from Italy’s Classical Music Conservatory “Bruno Maderna”.
Between 2007 and 2013 he studied double bass at the Classical Music Conservatory "Bruno Maderna" in Cesena with Maestro Giovanni Valgimigli. He earned diplomas in theory and solfeggio, the double bass, and harmony. In 2012 he attended the "Marco Allegri" classical music summer courses in Castrocaro Terme (FC), where he had the opportunity to study with internationally renowned teachers and perform in chamber concerts with the well-known conductor Robin O'Neill. In 2013 he continued studies in technique and jazz with Maestro Stefano Senni and has since participated in several jazz and classical music master classes with important international artists.
Mirco taught bass guitar and double bass at Music Action in Imola from 2006 to 2017 and at the Music Academy of Faenza from 2008 to 2017. He also planned and taught music classes in elementary and middle schools as well as at summer programs.
Before moving to Alameda, CA in June 2017, he most recently performed throughout Italy in the following bands: Gli Taliani (re-arrangement of Italian singer/songwriter music), Hot Club of Bologna (repertoire including 1930s/40s music, D. Reinhardt, D. Ellington), Purple Trio (blues/jazz repertoire) and the Wedding Crashers, playing various genres of music at weddings.