It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL
FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DECEMBER 10TH 2017
Passion & Integrity
Commerce & Creativity
Equality Not Hierarchy
Eva Gardner is the recipient of TheWIFTS Music Award 2017. Gardner is one of only a handful of female bassists, and the only female to have a signature bass with Fendi. She has performed with numerous artists worldwide, including P!nk, Gwen Stefani, Cher, Tegan & Sara, Moby and Veruca Salt.
Eva Gardner is a second-generation bassist born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her father, Londoner Kim Gardner, was an integral part of the British Invasion of the 1960s and ’70s. He was part of influential British bands such as The Creation, The Birds, and Ashton, Gardner & Dyke. His musical cohorts included the likes of Ron Wood, Rod Stewart, and Eric Clapton.
Stephen Stern, Music Insider Magazine, writes: “Eva Gardner was born with a silver spoon shaped as a bass guitar. Not out of privilege, but by right of musical passage. By second grade, the pig-tailed, green-eyed kid proclaimed to family and friends that the bass was her toy of choice. To some adults, such mutterings are reciprocated with a wink and a smile, followed by musings of “oh how cute she is …” But it was music to the ears of Andy Johns, producer and engineer for Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton; and John Entwistle, bass guitarist for The Who; and numerous other rock royalty family friends.
But not to Kim Gardner — Eva’s British rocker father. A highly regarded bass player with The Creation, and The Birds (which included Ronnie Wood of The Faces and Rolling Stones), Kim required evidence that his daughter’s proclamation was not a passing fancy. This continued through age 11, when Eva’s request to bring a bass guitar to London was denied. “Dad said ‘no.’” Eva added, “I did not show him that I was serious enough to have him haul it over to England along with a family of five and suitcases.”
Meanwhile, Eva dabbled dispassionately on the piano, biding time. And then it happened: “Age 12,” Eva explained, “Andy Johns hands me a bass and a Pignose amp, he turns up the volume on Van Halen’s live recording of The Kinks’ classic, You Really Got Me, and proclaims, ‘Now this is a solid bass line.’ Her father took notice of his daughter’s intense passion for music in general and dedication to the bass in particular. “When he saw just how serious I was, he helped me haul in equipment to gigs, plugged in amps, and helped me tune my bass – he became my personal roadie,” Eva said, smiling. Extract-Courtesy & Credit Stephen Stern, MusicInsiderMagazine.com
Jon D’Auria, Bass Player Magazine, writes: “Eva Gardner: The Queen of Pop Bass - From the time she was born, Eva Gardner has had the bass guitar coursing through her veins and wired into her DNA. Thanks to her father, Kim Gardner, who was a celebrated bassist during the British Invasion, playing with the likes of George Harrison, Eric Clapton, The Birds, The Creation, Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, Rod Stewart, Bo Diddley, Jimi Hendrix, and many others, Eva grew up in a household surrounded by music icons including her dad’s close friends Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) and John Entwistle (The Who). So it’s no surprise that by the time she could walk and talk, she possessed a deep desire to follow in her father’s footsteps and take on the one instrument she had felt a connection with for so long. ‘I feel like the bass chose me and I was meant to play it. I was lucky enough to grow up with some of the best bassists in the business and have my father as my main influence. There’s something about the low frequency vibrations of the bass that resonates within me.’
Thanks to her genetic disposition and her relentless work ethic, Gardner has now made a name for herself that reaches far beyond the shadow of her father. At 37, the bass phenom who was part of the original lineup of the Mars Volta, has become a first call player, supporting pop giants such as Gwen Stefani, Cher, P!nk, and Moby. Jumping back and forth from tour to tour has become commonplace for Gardner, whose regular late night talk show appearances, award show performances, and commanding stage presence has made her recognizable to fans even beyond bass circles.
Eva Gardner attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and continued her studies at UCLA, earning a degree in Ethnomusicology. Her professional career began in 2001 when she toured and recorded as the original bassist in The Mars Volta. Since then, Eva has performed with numerous artists worldwide, including P!nk, Gwen Stefani, Cher, Tegan & Sara, Moby and Veruca Salt. In 2014 Eva became the first female artist to have a signature bass with Fender. It has been released for public purchase and is available worldwide.