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Founded in 2004, Bach With Verse is a non-profit organization bringing music and laughter to those who need it most around the world.

Featuring world-renowned double bassist Richard “Dobbs” Hartshorne, BWV has brought live concerts to schools, prisons, rehab centers and refugee camps in Afghanistan, Bolivia, Iraq, Palestine, Uganda and the U.S. 

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this was a monumental project: recording, editing, mastering 41 stories from my entire career. All these stories with music were written by me to perform live with my bass, Sometimes with another instrument played by me simultaneousIy, sometimes with a back up CD recorded by me. I have performed many of  them around the world in over a thousand concerts and in 19 different languages which I can pronounce without actually being able to speak. In the US I have told them in  hundreds of jails and prisons. Here they are for hours of fun!

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My first recording of the Bach Suites came out on Opus One records in 1997. 
In 2004 I played all six on a single concert in Derry Northern Ireland. I went on to do all six in Toronto Canada, New York City, Harrisville NH, Dublin Ireland, Cochabamba Bolivia, Århus Denmark, Raleigh NC and finally at Town Hall in NYC in 2019.

After the Town Hall concert I felt the need to finally say everything that I have to say about this music. It’s as close as I can come to what I feel is the core and soul of these pieces and is the culmination of everything I have learned as a bass player and as a musician. I hope they spark the feelings and emotions in you   that I have felt coming back to me from kids in refugee camps, recovering drug addicts, incarcerated men women and children and all the first time Bach listeners that I have played for around the world.

(Richard Hartshorne)

The wonderful cover photo was taken by the late Robert Fey. Danny Solomon did the mastering.

Live Concert at the Women's prison in Chino California

Read Article by inmates at women's prison

Bach With Verse is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Bach With Verse is funded in part by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

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