“Stringing up my basses with Thomastik-Infeld strings always makes my instrument sound exactly the way I want it to. There is no other string out there that feels like it belongs on my instrument, which at the end of the day simply allows my bass to be a conduit for creativity”
In addition to leading his own band, Bassist Bret Higgins performs regularly with Canadian folk-rock group ‘Great Lake Swimmers’, Canada’s leading klezmer-balkan group ‘Beyond The Pale’, East-meets-West instrumental project ‘Zebrina’, and the folk based ensemble ‘Ozere’. Additionally, he has performed and / or recorded with many luminaries of the folk, jazz, and world music communities, including Sarah Slean, Rose Cousins, Basia Bulat, David Myles, Serena Ryder, Justin Rutledge, Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo), DJ SoCalled, The Wailin’ Jennys, Ben Caplan, Lara St. John, Lily Frost, Ben Goldberg (Tin Hat, New Klezmer Trio), Frank London (Klezmatics), David Buchbinder (Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Odessa-Havana), Hugh Marsh, David Amram, Ben Grossman, and Brenna MacCrimmon.
The recipient of numerous Canadian scholarships, awards and arts grants, Bret performs extensively in Toronto, and has toured throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Special highlights of his career include; a performance at the 2010 JUNO Awards, two feature concerts in Whistler and Vancouver at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, showcasing at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2009 with Beyond The Pale as special guests at the 85th birthday of legendary actor, folk singer, and theatre icon Theodore Bikel, and a 2005 performance at the Canadian Governor General’s Awards at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
Bret is also very prolific as a composer, songwriter, and producer, and his music has been heard in clubs, theatres, and concert halls throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Brazil.
“Bret Higgins is a take-no-prisoners bassist hailing from Toronto. He lays down rock-solid grooves, then sends his bandmates out to do the serious damage. It wouldn’t be fair to categorize this album as a great “bassist’s” album. It’s simply a great album.” - Frank Alkyer / Downbeat Magazine - Editor’s Pick August 2015
“While Higgins liberally mixes styles and sounds in these original compositions, all of this music manages to speak the same language." "He readily blends Eastern European influences, rock grooves, psychotropic sounds, and klezmer-ish melodies, alternately creating grooving numbers and sweeping, cinematic pieces in the process" - Dan Bilawsky/ All About Jazz
“The music is edgy, occasionally hitting the edge of ecstasy” - David Luhrssen / Shepard Express
“This Canadian bass ace has his fingers in so many pies at once that it probably doesn't phase him to toss off a klezmer/surf/crime jazz track that would have been at home in a movie produced by Golan Globus financed with middle eastern money.” - Midwestern Record
“A fabulous release by this Canadian instrumental band that blends latin, r&b, soul, film soundtracks, jazz and more into moody and infectious grooves. A new take on The Meters and Booker T, this is small unit instrumental music that you will return to again and again.” - John Zorn/Tzadik
Bret Higgins plays Jazz Flat Wound strings on his electric bass and Belcanto and Spirocore strings on his double bass.