Dr. Will is a double bassist committed to experimental music, improvisation, and collaborating with living composers in the creation of new solo and chamber repertoire for the double bass. He has worked directly with composers Michael Gordon, David Lang, Miya Masaoka, Jean-François Charles, Mary Jane Leach, Sivan Cohen Elias, and Scott Wollschleger among others. He is a founding member of the soprano/double bass duo LIGAMENT and improvising trio Wombat. Recent appearances include performances at High Zero Foundations’s Red Room in Your Room, Experimental Sound Studio’s Quarantine Concerts, the SEAMUS 2022 National Conference, International Society of Bassists 2021 Convention, Nief-Norf Virtual Marathon, Oh My Ears Festival, Big Ears Festival, Feed Me Weird Things, New Music on the Point, Cortona Sessions for New Music, and the Bang on a Can Summer Festival. Yager has multiple recordings available on the Bandcamp platform, including irreducibility, a recording of new works for solo double bass. As members of LIGAMENT, Anika Kildegaard and Will have been Ensemble Fellows at New Music on the Point (Vermont) and the Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy). LIGAMENT were also recent semifinalists in the SAVVY Chamber Music Competition at the University of South Carolina. Recent performances include the Kansas City Contemporary Music Festival, and the premiere of a new video version of their ongoing original project dontal for Cleveland Uncommon Sound’s Re:Sound 2021. LIGAMENT recently finished a recording an album of commissioned works for release in late 2022. Wombat, along with Justin Comer and Carlos Cotallo Solares, is a trio dedicated to experimental and intermedia performance. Wombat has performed at the Oh MyEars Festival (Phoenix, AZ), MOXsonic Experimental Electronic Music festival, and the University of Iowa Center for New Music. Wombat has three self-produced recordings available on Bandcamp, and a forthcoming release on the New Village Tapes label. Will previously held teaching positions at the University of North Alabama and Maryville College, and holds degrees from the University of Iowa, University of Tennessee, and Maryville College. He is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2007
DMA - Double Bass Performance & Pedagogy
Teaches ages 5+
Has background check
Subject: Bass Guitar
I took improvising lessons with Will and it was a great experience. He was knowledgeable, flexible, collaborative, and engaging in his teaching style and he made me feel by the end like I had something to say through my music.
Will was a great instructor! His knowledge of both classical and jazz pedagogy really helped me take my playing to the next level. Whether it’s working on technical bowings, jazz transcriptions/vocab, or fundamentals, his laid back and practical approach really allowed me to learn in an organic way. Can’t recommend him enough!