‘Greatest’ bass player rocks TedxGabriola workshop

NANAIMO - Victor Wooten leads a workshop and performs during a concert during the upcoming Gabriola Tedx event March 19-21.

Five-time Grammy winner Victor Wooten is strumming the universal language of music during TedxGabriola Island this March.

The musician, author and teacher has often been referred to as the ‘greatest bass player in the world’. He leads the workshop Music as Language on March 18 and performs a concert March 20 during the event.

His workshop will examine music as a powerful communication tool that causes people to laugh, cry and ask questions. He said people should approach learning music the same way they approach learning a language, adding people shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes or play often.

Wooten is the author of The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth through Music and has lectured at several other events including a recent Ted-Ed talk.

His musical influences include Stanley Clarke, Larry Graham and Bootsy Collins, but attributes his main influences to his brothers and parents.

“My brothers and parents were the foundation. They prepared me for just about anything by teaching me to keep my mind open and adapt,” said Wooten on his website.

The Gabriola Tedx event is March 19-21 at The Haven.

For more information or to register for Wooten’s workshop please call 1-877-247-9238, e-mail register@haven.ca or go to www.haven.ca.