Bottom Line Classical Duo
The Bottom Line Duo, featuring the talents of Spencer & Traci Hoveskeland, is an international performing ensemble having performed in such countries as Germany, France, England, and Canada. The Bottom Line also frequently performs private events in Seattle's most popular venues.
Locally the Bottom Line Duo is known for it's performances at Tacoma's First Night Festival, Seattle's Bumbershoot, the Stillaguamish Festival of the River, Sedro Woolley's Berry-Dairy festival, the Seattle Wedding Show, the Burlington Coffee Festival, as well as a two-week guest residency at the Fairbanks Music Festival.
The Bottom Line Duo is a unique ensemble of the violoncello and the doublebass. As you may imagine, and appropriately so, there is a very limited amount of music composed for these two instruments together. Spencer and Traci augment the existing duo literature with exquisite arrangements of standard traditional bass and cello works as well as popular classical favorites and a plethora of contemporary and original compositions.
Musical Backgrounds and Studies
Spencer and Traci first met in their home town of Port Angeles, Washington prior to their first taste of the big life when their high school symphony performed in New York's Carnagie Hall.
Spencer and Traci have performed in the Pacific NW since the age of ten and, between them, have performed in all styles of music.
Since then their careers have paralleled each other as they completed their college education studying with people like Chuck Israels (Bill Evans Trio, Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon), Peter Marsh (Cleveland and Lennox String Quartets,Seattle Symphony), Walter Gray (Kronos Quartet, Seattle Symphony), Barton Frank (National Symphony, Piatagorsky prodigy), and Karen Iglitzen (Philadelphia String quartet).
Spencer and Traci are currently faculty members at the Gene Nastri Community School of the Arts.
The Bottom Line has also recorded and performed live on NPR stations KZAZ and KOUW and released its' debut CD "Waiting for the Sun" in 1998. Waiting for the Sun has works by Hoveskeland, Squire, Dragonetti, Vivaldi, Rossinni, Parker, Brent, and more.
Spencer and Traci appear on many recordings, some of which have reached the top 40 in Europe, and have recently performed for the Los Angeles Music Center representing the LA Philharmonic on a fundraising cruise aboard the Queen Elizabeth II.