#015 Viktor Krauss: Bassist/ Composer

Eclectic bassist/composer/producer, Viktor Krauss was born in Champaign, IL, and lives in Nashville TN.

Viktor has been Lyle Lovett’s primary bassist since 1994. Starting with 1996’s “Nashville”, Krauss began a long tenure with jazz guitar great, Bill Frisell. Other albums with Frisell include “Gone, Just Like a Train”, “Good Dog, Happy Man”, “East/West” and “Disfarmer.”

Other artists over his career have included notables Tom Jones, Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow, Robert Plant, James Taylor, Buddy Miller, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Chet Atkins, Larry Carlton, James Newton Howard, The Chieftains, Peter Rowan, Harry Connick Jr. J.D. Souther, Joan Baez, Indigo Girls, Dolly Parton, Rodney Crowell, Graham Nash, Michael McDonald, John Fogerty, Elvis Costello, Kenny Rodgers, Jewel, and Michael Feinstein.

In 2004, Krauss recorded his solo debut of his original compositions, Far From Enough (Nonesuch) featuring an all-star band consisting of Frisell, Jerry Douglas, Steve Jordan, and sister Alison Krauss (peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard® Contemporary Jazz Chart). Krauss' second album, II (EMI), features core band session greats Dean Parks and Matt Chamberlain. Krauss, along with lever harpist extraordinaire Maeve Gilchrist released a duo album in 2017 entitled Vignette.

Primarily instrumental music, Viktor cites that his own music could be described as “a soundtrack without a movie with nods to ‘jazz, classic rock, and electronic music’.” In 2006, Viktor was awarded a fellowship for the prestigious Film Composers’ Lab at the Sundance Institute and his film composing credits include music for directors Ken Burns and the late Robert Altman. Viktor's original compositions from his solo recordings are used daily as musical "bumpers" for National Public Radio between programs. Viktor continues to be very active as a music producer and arranger.

Music featured in this episode.

"Philo" from Viktor's album, "Far From Enough".

"Hop"  from Viktor's album, "II".

You can learn about Viktor at www.viktorkrauss.com or on Instagram at @kraussviktor.

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