BASSIST | VISUAL ARTIST

Russ
Sargeant

I just love the way you listen to what's happening on the track and really honour what's there but then bring something special to the dynamics. Wonderful stuff!
Nigel Cameron, Sounds of Wonder

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about

RUSS SARGEANT

I’m a semi-professional bassist with almost 40 years EXPERIENCE AND A CREATOR OF ABSTRACT ART

I’m always driven to be creating SOMETHING, be it of a musical nature, painted or digital. Music is my passion; particularly the bass guitar.

I have almost 40 years experience of playing in bands, solo work and recording, with over 30 albums featuring my playing; 7 of which comprise my own original material with some collaborations.

In recent years I’ve been involved with recording bass sessions for various artists, being credited on albums alongside such world-class musicians as Dave Bainbridge (Iona/Celestial Fire/Strawbs),

Martin Neil (Black Peppercorns), Chip Bailey (Duke Special) and have had the privilege to travel, tour record and be involved at a grass-roots level with Dave Bankhead (Heartbeat/We Are One) with reconciliation projects in Africa which use music as the primary vehicle for change.

Recently I have recorded bass for amazing Celtic music minstrels, Nigel Cameron & Julie Cameron-Hall and Dutch singer/songwriter Wytze Valkema and also got myself involved with the fabulous Positive Songs Project. I’ll shortly have a blog underway where I’ll write about a lot of this stuff!

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Music

Striving to listen and innovate

I’M CONSTANTLY INVOLVED IN MAKING MUSIC, BE IT COMPOSING, SOLO WORK, COLLABORATING OR RECORDING. YOU CAN LISTEN some of MY SOLO ALBUMS (AND SOME COLLABORATIONS) BELOW.

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Abstract ARt

Improvisation and embracing the unexpected

A world full of surprises

I rarely have preconceived ideas of what I’m going to create – and even when I do, they change the moment I begin. I tend to work with my subconscious; enjoying improvising with mark-making, then over-painting and scraping though the layers to reveal what is underneath. I truly love doing that, as the artwork becomes full of surprises. It is only at this stage of the work that I start to make conscious decisions regarding composition – then detail becomes my friend.

I work with mixed media – typically oils, acrylics, spray paint, pastels, pencils, charcoal and collage – applying paint with a range of scrapers, brushes and objects.