SWIM Guest Speaker, Eva Gardner

Eva Gardner, Bassist

Eva Catherine Gardner (born February 17, 1979) is an electric bassist from Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she studied under trumpet player Bobby Rodriguez. She holds a degree in ethnomusicology from UCLA (Cum Laude). Eva Gardner is the daughter of The Creation bassist Kim Gardner, and cites her father as her primary influence.

Eva was the original bassist for The Mars Volta (2001). Her work appears on their first EP Tremulant and although she did not perform on the recording of Deloused in the Comatorium, she did write some of the basslines[citation needed]. She left due to complications of her father dying while The Mars Volta was on tour.[1]

In 2003 she toured the UK with Tim Burgess (singer for The Charlatans) and also toured the US with El Vez.

During January 2005 Eva was touring bassist for Veruca Salt during a tour of Australia. She is also the bassist for Los Angeles-based band Lyra, which is currently on hiatus.

Eva Gardner joined Pink’s band in 2007.[1] She completed touring Europe and South Africa in September 2007 and did promotion for the release of Funhouse in 2008. In 2009 Eva was touring bassist for Pink’s record-breaking Funhouse Tour (Europe, Australia, UK, United States). She continued touring with Pink in 2010 for the Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour in Europe, the final tour of the Funhouse album era.

In 2011 Gardner formed Telstar with Chris Unck of Butch Walker and the Black Widows, recorded Hot Knives EP and the 2 singles “Getting Around Town” and “Lightning’s Girl”, plus released music videos for “Are You Hungry” and “everysinglebodyelse”.

As a returning member of Pink’s band, Eva began promotional appearances in support of The Truth About Love, with a September 2012 album release date.

Eva appeared in an episode of My Ghost Story (Season 6, Episode14), talking about her father’s restaurant being haunted.

While on a break in the middle of Pink’s The Truth About Love Tour, Eva joined Moby’s band for performances on Conan O’Brien plus three live shows at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on October 3–5, 2013.

In January 2014, the Eva Gardner’s signature Precision Bass was released for public purchase via Squier by Fender. The bass features a graphic of a ship that is a replica image of a tattoo on her arm.[2]

On January 26, 2014, Eva played bass at 56th Grammy Awards during Pink’s live performance.

Eva was the bassist for Cher’s 2014 Dressed to Kill Tour.

in 2015 she appeared in an episode of Transparent (TV series) (Season 2, Episode 9) with The Indigo Girls.

In 2016, Gardner joined Tegan and Sara on their Love You to Death (album) Tour.

In early 2017 Eva joined the Classic Cher residency show with dates in Las Vegas, NV and Washington, D.C.

Eva is currently in her 11th year as Pink’s live bassist and is on the Beautiful Trauma World Tour.