John Liebman, for bass player only
September 2012 - USA
Bass Guitar Magazine
April 2013 - England
Bass Musician Magazine
August 2013 (USA)
Bass Musician Magazine
December 2016 (USA)
Guitar Digest Magazine
September 2014 (USA)
August 2006 (Spain)
Bass Player Magazine
January 2012 (USA)
Bass Professor Magazine
September/October 2013 (Germany)
January 2014 (Poland)
May/June 2015 (France)
Born Chile began playing bass at 22 years old. Now is considered by the most prestigious critics as an ambassador of the authentic South American bass culture and one of the world’s most innovative, respected, influential & virtuoso bassists, granting him as being a the "Pioneer of the 8-String Bass" (since 1999) & "One of the absolute Masters on the Extended Range Basses field". Well known for not using any knobs or effect/volume pedals, relying only on his hands for all the sound variations. Created the Mic Ramp & The Revolutionary VST right hand technique. Has performed solo concerts and Master Classes in Germany, UK, USA, Italy, Poland, Spain, Canada, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile & more, including Concert & Master Classes at the world’s most prestigious music schools as University of British Columbia, Berklee College of Music, Uniwerzytet Warminsko-Mazurski, and The New York Collective. In 2011 was the 1st South American bassist to be featured at the Bass Player Live (US biggest), playing at the famous BPL All-Star Jam with the bassists for The Rolling Stones, Megadeth, Metallica, Chick Corea, Earth Wind & Fire. In 2013 was also the 1st South American bassist to be featured at The London Bass Guitar Show (Europe’s biggest) playing live & sharing the credits with the bassists for Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd & New Order.
Due to his rewarding solo career along with Octavius, which is the popular nickname given by Mr. Saavedra to his famous 8-String Bass, he has had numerous radio and tv appearances, like for example being Featured on CNN. Also, Mr. Saavedra has had extended newspaper coverage, reaching covers of the most prestigious newspapers in different countries and also he's been published, interviewed or cover featured in more than 100 editions of the world’s most prestigious bass magazines, such as Bass Player Magazine (US), Bass Guitar Magazine (UK), Bass Musician Magazine (US), Bass Professor Magazine (Germany), Bajos y Bajistas (Spain), For Bass Players Only (US), Bajista (Spain), Linha de Frente (Brazil), Basista (Poland), Bassiste (France), Guitarristas & Bajistas (Argentina) & many more. In 2007 published Applied Rhythmic for Bass, 1st book of his bass book trilogy, named “Library Consultation Material” by The Faculty of Percussion of UC (N°1 Chilean University). Technique & Harmony books are about to be released in the near future.
Finally, due to his committed artistic work developing and featuring the 8 String-Bass he has had many serious and successful commercial agreements that have derived into great Signature products with premium international brands as La Bella Strings, Phil Jones Bass Amplification, Mey Chair Systems, and many others
Igor Saavedra has recorded more than 40 CD’s, has worked, recorded, performed live, and shared the stage with many of the world's greatest musicians, such as Pianist and Composer David Garfield (Toto, George Benson), Pianist Hans Zermuhlen (Air Supply), PIanist Tom McMorran (The Rippingtons), Bassist Chuck Rainey (Aretha Franklin), Bassist Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Bassist Alain Caron (Uzeb), Bassist Nate Watts (Stevie Wonder), Drummer Danny Gottlieb (Pat Metheny), Drummer Damien Schmitt (Jean Luc Ponty), Saxophonist Bob Sheppard (Chick Corea, Tribal Tech), Guitarist Fareed Haque (Sting), Drummer Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Christina Aguilera, Chicago, Santana), Drummer James Gadson (Quincy Jones), Saxophonist and Flutist Jorge Pardo (Paco de Lucía), Drummer John Ferraro (Eddie Van Halen), Singer Miucha Buarque (Bossa Diva) & many more. Four of his 8 Sponsors have signature products that carry his name (see Gear page). The international demand for Concerts & Master Classes has increased from 2015 since he started the process of releasing one Solo Video Album a year. His debut Solo Album’s name is Organic Bass 1, available since June 2015. Currently Igor Saavedra is finishing his second solo album Organic Bass 2, a wonderful, deep and very special album composed during the pandemics lockdown. This album should be released at the beginning of 2023.
Since 1988 when he started his career as a musician, Igor Saavedra has recorded around 40 Cd’s as a Sideman, Solo Artist and Educator. Even though he had all the musical skills needed for the job, he didn’t devote all his career to sideman stage performing & recording, mostly because his interests in music have been always focused in creating and innovating. This innovation and creativity can be clearly seen in the technical, technological and conceptual aspects and mostly in the creation and developing of a strong identity as a musician and as an artist through the instrumental interpretation and the instrumental composing. Besides, the recordings he has been featured on as a sideman show a vast and eclectic display of musical styles going from Fusion to Jazz, Rock, Funk, Hip-hop, Pop, Salsa, Merengue, Folklore, Ballads and Clasical Music among others, providing the background and the necessary ingredients to build up his unique style as a Solo “Concerto” Bassist. On the other side, he had the personal conviction that only once he could be able to achieve that strong identity and uniqueness as a musician he was looking for, he was going to be able at the same time to start the mistic and captivating journey of recording his Solo Albums and doing it once every year. This Journey started when he was counting 48 years old on May 2015 with the release of his debut Solo Video Album “Organic Bass 1” which consists in Mp4 video files for each track and pressed on a DVD disc for maximum edition quality.
Due to his extended career and his enormous influence on the bass field, Igor Saavedra is being officially sponsored by 8 of the most prestigious music gear brands. By clicking on the links you will be able to get to know the refined quality of this gear, which he uses exclusively for perform in every concert...
“Mey – Igor Saavedra Signature” Chair modelDetails
Pro Oval Studio, Power Oval 2 and Silver OvalDetails
DC8 Pickups, custom made for his 8 string bassesDetails
Igor Saavedra Signature StrapDetails
Octavius 8 string bass, by FavaDetails
Schedule showing ONLY the most relevant Concerts & Master Classes.