Get to Know
Residency Dates
  • Sep 29th 2008 to Nov 7th 2008
Region
USA
Membership
Alma

Ravi Knypstra was born December 9th 1970, and raised in the
entertainment capital of the universe as we know it: Los Angeles.  He
was born on Sunset boulevard (in a hospital formerly known as Cedars of
Lebanon, now known as Cedars-Sinai), and grew up in North Hollywood.

At the age of six Ravi started playing the trumpet and played all
the way through his first year in college, when he realized that
trumpet players are nuts, and that the bass, though it plays a support
role in almost all forms of music, instead of a lead role, plays in
fact a sub-melody to the actual melody, and when played well, actually
has the power to steer the music in more directions than lead
instruments do.

He played in blues, country and rock & roll bands for the first
couple of years he spent as a bass player, playing all over the San
Joaquin valley while attending college.  After spending three-plus
years pursuing an engineering degree at Fresno State, Ravi dropped out,
moved home to LA and attended the Musician’s Institute in 1992-93,
leaving the school with honors from their BIT program.  Even though the
school did and still does have a reputation as a “rock” school, Ravi
spent all his time at the school in the care of tremendous players and
teachers, who could answer any musical question arose, in any style,
and it was there that he began to learn about the role the bass carries
in that great traditional American artform known as Jazz.  He didn’t
know it at the time, but he was already hooked.

After school Ravi toured the coast of California extensively with
Agustin Lira y Grupo Alma, a folk group based in the Fresno area, led
by a former activist of the United Farm Workers, who co-wrote the plays
for the Teatro Campesino in the middle 60’s and early 70’s, and wrote
most of the most important music for the movement at that time.  He
also toured extensively in Europe, playing roots and country music, and
toured across the United States from coast to coast as well.

Since that time he has played literally thousands and thousands of
shows, primarily in California, but also in Japan, India, Thailand,
Cuba, and across the United States.  Ravi’s musical tastes run the
gamut, including folk music, Mexican, Cuban, Brazilian, funk, soul, R
& B, blues, rare groove, fusion, pop, songwriter stuff, and of
course, all forms shapes and sizes of jazz ensembles, from two-piece to
twenty- piece big bands.

Around 2000, Ravi also started to become interested in recording
music, and has engineered and produced several full length CDs since
that time.  He is active to this day as a live playing and studio bass
player in all styles, playing upright and electric bass, and as a
tracking/mixing studio engineer for ensembles from two-piece to
twenty-piece, and a live performance mix engineer as well.