Hi. I’m Lorenzo Bassman, and I grew up in Petersburg, Virginia, where I studied piano, played French horn and other instruments in the high school band, served as Music Director for my senior class musical, South Pacific, and sang in the Congregation Brith Achim choir. I received my A.B. Degree in music from Duke University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, after which I attended the Juilliard School, receiving a Diploma and Master of Music degree in French horn.
During and for several years following my time at Juilliard, I performed at the Aspen and Brattleboro Music Festivals, and worked as a freelance musician in and around New York City. I performed chamber music with many of today’s leading musicians, and my orchestral credits include performances under the baton of such notable conductors as James Conlon, José Serebrier, Herbert Blömsted, Sixten Ehrling, Pierre Boulez, Dennis Russell-Davies, Leonard Slatkin and Aaron Copland. I worked in the recording industry for over six years, and then received my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College, after which I practiced chiropractic in New York, Pennsylvania and finally in Fresno. I currently am enrolled in the Human Resources Administrator diploma program at the Institute of Technology in Clovis, and serve as Adjunct Faculty at the Fresno Campus of the University of Phoenix.
My wife, Lynette, and myself and my son, Jonah, moved to Fresno in 1997, when Lynette accepted an Associate Professorship at the California School of Professional Psychology, now Alliant International University. We joined the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno in 2000, after finding it a welcoming and accepting progressive spiritual community. I quickly became active in the church’s music program, and in 2006 assumed the Music Director position. I have brought many innovations to the program, broadening its scope to include music of many genres including pop, folk, jazz, rock, reggae, gospel, klezmer, and the traditional musics of native and immigrant cultures. I have arranged music for adult, youth and intergenerational instrumental and vocal ensembles, have established a regularly performing and versatile church band, Stolen Thunder, and have taken the church’s music program to the larger Fresno community, with performances at numerous peace community events.
My wife, Lynette Bassman, is the author of two books, The Whole Mind: The Definitive Guide to Complementary Treatments for Mind, Mood, and Emotion; and The Feel-Good Guide to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Jonah is a student at University High School, where he plays trumpet in Jazz Band and Symphonic Band. He has been an active participant in the UUCF music program, both as a vocalist and instrumentalist. The Bassmans are among the founding members and developers of La Querencia, the Central Valley’s first Cohousing community.
Although at the UU Church I play the piano, guitar, percussion, trumpet, French horn, recorder & Native American flute, and I sing and lead the choir and do arrangements for various ensembles, I think my greatest music talent is as an organizer, recruiter, and motivator, inspiring others to achieve in a short amount of time what they otherwise would not have imagined.
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Welcome to the Fresno Arts community Lorenzo! I was just around your neighborhood last weekend for the Fresno Earth Day. I am not sure if we crossed paths or if you passed by the GreenFresno.org booth...