Filipino bassist Karel Honasan's musical journey began at the tender age of 5 when he first touched the ivories of the piano. Armed with an early realization that music was a life worth pursuing, Karel attained professional proficiencies in classical and contemporary piano, classical and electric guitar and finally the electric bass guitar. This unquenchable thirst for music led to Karel garnering a scholarship to one of the world's most prestigious music schools; Berklee College of Music.
Selected to be a part of Steve Bailey's Inaugural Cast for "Bass at the Beach", Karel was again fortified with imparted knowledge and practical application from the most recognizable forces in the world of Electric Bass; Steve Bailey, Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbrdige, Mike Pope, Felix Pastorius and master drummer, Gregg Bissonette. These are the men who have adroitly shaped music in ways never thought possible, entrusting Karel with the responsibility of furthering what they have inherited from their predecessors.
Karel has been steadily making his mark in the local and international Filipino music scenes. Touring, arranging, producing and performing with notable talents such as Billy Crawford, Martin Nievera, Yeng Constantino, Kyla, Barbie Almalbis, Kitchie Nadal, Mark Bautista, Nikki Gil, Roselle Nava, Jack Rufo, Michael Alba, SinoSikat, Julianne, and with Karel's very own band, YOSHA, who shared the stage, in a back to back concert, with Esperanza Spalding in 2009.
Karel Honasan is a true testament to positive Filipino work ethic and potential. Continuing to grow as an artist and consistently pushing the boundaries of original Filipino music and ingenuity. Karel Honasan is sure to cement his place among the greats in the music industry.
Karel Honasan's weapons of choice are the F Bass BN4, BN5, and VF4
"Since I bought my 1st F-Bass BN4 back in 2008, it has been 'the one!' May it be a jazz gig in a 'hole in the wall' type of bar or a full-on rock concert with thousands of screamers, my F Bass always cuts through! My mind conceives, my fingers translate and my F Bass actuates...that's the way it is." - Karel Honasan