MandoBasso Concert to Benefit Music and Art Education at CSUSM


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz |

MandoBasso, a duo featuring Gunnar Biggs on bass and Bill Bradbury of California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) on mandolin, will perform at CSUSM in Arts 111 on Friday, June 18 to benefit the Funes Concert Series Fund.  

MandoBasso released their first CD by the same name in April. The album, containing all original material along with two traditional Irish tunes, has been received very well.  The performance will include music from the CD as well as the premiere of some new compositions and arrangements.

Biggs and Bradbury first came together as faculty colleagues working on projects at both Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos. Biggs comes from a strong background in jazz and classical performance, Bradbury from a composition and computer music background. Their mutual love of Irish and traditional American music brought them together in this unusual pairing of mandolin and bass. MandoBasso's original style could be called "Folk Jazz" or "Nouveau Americana."

Concert goers are encouraged to donate what they can to the Funes Concert Series Fund.  The fund, established by long-time university supporter Carolyn Funes in memory of her late husband and founding faculty member Dr. Donald J. Funes, brings an eclectic mix of musicians and performing artists to campus to enhance student learning.

What: MandoBasso concert

When: Friday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: CSUSM campus, Arts 111  - 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
Why: To benefit the Funes Concert Series Fund at CSUSM.

Tickets: Donate what you can at the door.

Directions and Parking
CSUSM is located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. For more information or directions to the campus, visit Parking is available in campus lots with fees ranging from $3 to $9 depending upon length of stay.

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that CSUSM's annual spending in the region was $189.2 million, generating a total impact of $228.6 million on the regional economy. Over 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region after graduation. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.