Solo

w/ Conrad Frieburg

"Before the band took the stage, the show was opened by Jason Ajemian, one of Helado Negro's touring musicians. With only a double bass and no amplification to speak of, Jason coaxed the audience to the floor below the stage, politely asked for their attention, and then received it in full. While his request was polite, his music demanded it. For an instrument that is normally relegated to providing accompaniment for a melody, he made the beast sing, eliciting sounds far outside its usual range. The result was something between beat poetry and the Velvet Underground's 'The Black Angel's Death Song' had it been composed with bass instead of violin. In other words, intoxicating, impressive and innovative. The highlight for me was his cover of Lee Hazelwood's 'No Train to Stockholm,' a hauntingly beautiful rendition to be sure." - Jack Diablo

Discography

Bitchin Bajas Live at the HideOut

Bathetic Cassette

March 2013

Notable Past Performances

2013
Oct 27th SOLO

SOLO FESTIVAL

OPT Wrocław, POLAND
May 23rd Solo

DOBERMAN + BITCHIN BAJAS

Foam City lafayette, IN

w/ Bitchin Bajas & Doberman

Mar 16th Solo

{{{ FRIEND ISLAND }}} The SXSW oasis presented by Hometapes and friends.

Museum of Human Achievement Austin, Tx
2012
Nov 17th w/Devendra Banhart

Occupy Sandy Benefit @ St. Ann's Church

St. Ann's Church Brooklyn , NY
Jun 24th w/Devendra Banhart

Governors Ball Music Festival

Governor's Ball
2011
Jul 3rd Woody Sullender & Kevin Davis

NY Electronic Art Festival

St. Paul's Chapel ny, ny
Jun 25th Solo Papacookie New York, ny
Apr 29th Solo

The Empty Set

Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, IL
Apr 28th Solo Hideout Chicago, IL

Press Quotes

Hush Arbors / JA: 2 of us riding nowhere preview

"Champagne for real friends, real pain for sham friends — in the end, it behooves us to know the difference. And for these two musicians at least, that distinction probably couldn’t be any more defined."

Free Times, Columbia S.C. feature: Logan K. Young

SILBER RECORD: QRD:: Interview with 40 Bassist

QRD – Do you see your bass as your ally or adversary in making music?

Jason – I don’t mean to get Jarreau on you, but “We’re in this love together."

QRD – What do you do to practice other than simply playing?

Jason – Getting down with the bonus, stretching, mind power, avoiding nerds.

RVA Jazz News: Ten Questions with Jason Ajemian

"I saw an interview with Thomas Kincade that made me want to put an M-80 in the urinal at TGI Fridays but I opted to bust a move on the waitress. Love is the answer."

Before the band took the stage, the show was opened by Jason Ajemian, one of Helado Negro's touring musicians. With only a double bass and no amplification to speak of, Jason coaxed the audience to the floor below the stage, politely asked for their attention, and then received it in full. While his request was polite, his music demanded it. For an instrument that is normally relegated to providing accompaniment for a melody, he made the beast sing, eliciting sounds far outside its usual range. The result was something between beat poetry and the Velvet Underground's 'The Black Angel's Death Song' had it been composed with bass instead of violin. In other words, intoxicating, impressive and innovative. The highlight for me was his cover of Lee Hazelwood's 'No Train to Stockholm,' a hauntingly beautiful rendition to be sure.

Jack Diablo - EU Jacksonville