Mike Manring demonstrates his musical virtuosity with his custom made bass capable of switching to different tunings mid-performance.

In this extended video, after his first astonishing performance he eloquently celebrates the instrument he loves, before playing two more pieces.

He’s a musical pioneer who continues to break new ground. In my humble opinion, he is the world’s finest bass player – ever.

As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation.

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