Attention all cellists! NS Design Artist and Berklee College of Music professor Eugene Friesen will be conducting his Creative Cello Workshop 2020. Join Eugene with his group of international cellists for this exciting 5-week online course starting Saturday, June 6th.
Bassist, Concert Cellist, Multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer known by pseudonym “The Griot” – Derek Menchan is, and will always be, a genuine Renaissance man. In addition to his musical endeavors, this college instructor of the humanities, philosophy, and music is working to achieve his doctorate degree. On breaks between semesters and studies, Derek sequesters himself to his studio “That Mruzick Laboratories,” for what he calls his “Arts Immersion Summers.” During these periods he creates vivid and entertaining videos using the Accapella app and developing the follow up to his debut album, The Griot Swings the Classics.
“Having first played an NS bass well over 25 years ago, while window-shopping and dreaming, I will never forget the amazing feel—the action of the strings—and, man, I fell in love. Now, I am rather ecstatic to own two of them, a CR5M Upright Bass and EU6 Upright Bass.”
It’s really like Nietzsche says: “Without music, life would be a mistake.”
We are pleased to welcome Nick Cañas to our roster of NS Artists! Cañas is a multi-instrumentalist from south Texas. Coming from a background of jazz and metal, Cañas has been able to channel these influences through the WAV RADIUS bass guitar (with his custom pick guard – which we LOVE!).
Check out his high-energy metal outfit Nautilus vs. Pangolin who are currently recording their upcoming release.
Cañas is also a content creator who makes covers, playthroughs, instructional videos, and reviews which all highlight his interpretation of the bass guitar.
“The NS Design WAV RADIUS bass is beautifully made, with some of my favorite features including the di-radial body shape, the custom EMG pickup, the bridge system, and the action I am able to achieve with this bass. I have never been able to achieve my personal “perfect action” on another bass, which makes my RADIUS bass my favorite bass of all time! I truly love my NS Design WAV RADIUS 5 string bass so much that I modified my personal bass with a beautiful hand-designed custom aged pearl pickguard.” – Nick Cañas
NS Design Artist Trevor Dick and his friends partnered together to help ease our quarantine blues with “The Quaran-tune” with Trevor Dick – CR5 Electric Violin (electric violin); Johnny Nixon (electric guitar & keys); Rob Brown (drums); Jake Payne (piano) and Tim Ball (bass & keys).
Enjoy the music and read the cool story connected with how these musicians made this tune and video happen…
Check out the video Quaran-tune
Trevor plays a CR5 Electric Violin
Congratulations to NS Artist Lionel Dean Jarvis who recently received the Legacy Award from the African Nova Scotian Music Association (ANSMA) for his work in the Canadian community and with noted artists as Grammy Award recipient Alessia Cara, as well as bassist and music director for the Weeknd, Nelly Furtado, Enrique Iglesias, Backstreet Boys, George Clinton and Neverest.
Dean recently sat down with Raul Amandor from Bass Musician Magazine for an in-depth interview.
Catch Dean on tour with Alessia Cara in 2020 and beyond.
NS Design Artist and Electric Violinist Laurie Anderson has carved one of the most varied and storied careers as a truly unique, disparate and creative artists of the late 20th Century and recently receiving the acclaim and notoriety only a visionary as herself could receive, with her first Grammy Award in 2019 and performing as Resident Artistic Director at the SFJAZZ Center in 2020. The Chicago suburban born Laura Phillips began violin at age five and at 72 years old is still searching and pushing the boundaries with her avante-garde multimedia performances charged with pioneering electronics and eccentric improvisations. Read More »
Jair-Rohm Parker Wells has taken the electric upright bass to new heights and vistas. For more than twenty years, he has shared his “Loopadelica” (the method of improvising on and processing the bass live) with audiences on five continents. Jair-Rohm’s eclectic approach to the practical application of sophisticated electronics with the electric upright bass propels his newest collaboration FlowSonic to the outer limits of originality.
“My newest bass is the black satin NXTa RADIUS Bass Guitar. Again, Ned Steinberger is way ahead of the game redefining what a bass guitar is and can be. Aside from being a superbly crafted instrument in all respects, this bass is powered by “green energy”. The bass is fitted with battery-free Dual Mode Output electronics made for NS by Mi-Si™. That’s right: active electronics without batteries. Read all about this remarkable technology here.”
NS Design welcomes cellist Maddy Herdeman to our roster of esteemed Artists. Maddy fronts the unique chamber rock band Mystery Loves Company. Maddy lends her powerful voice and robust cello technique along with Venezuelan born guitarist/songwriter Carlos Machado, clarinetist Alauna Rubin, drummer Danny Patterson and bassist Jeremy Dudman. Based in Houston, Texas , Maddy and Co. have carved out exciting live performances of their original songs combining timely themes of culture, immigration, science, and theology.
“My NS cello has a sleek design, powerful and warm sound and the unique frame strap system allows me to wear it and dance around the stage.” – Maddy Herdeman
Check out Mystery Loves Company’s single “Numbers and Lines”
NS Design welcomes New Zealander violinist extraordinaire Pascal Roggen.
Currently performing and touring with bass virtuoso Shez Raja Collective, including inspiring musicians, percussionist Trilok Gurtu and guitarist Wayne Krantz, Pascal fits in perfectly with his super-charged and electric improvisations.
Pascal started his formal musical education in Auckland, NZ and soon became a staple by his teens in local Irish Rock bands. His journey has taken him to Jazz festivals the world over and numerous solo and TV performances. His folk infused vocal trio Albi and the Wolves partners Pascal with guitarist Chris Dent and upright bassist Michael Young. Their crafty and soulful songs are tinged with Bluegrass and R & B harmonies adding a twist to their New Zealand blend of modern folk music. Pascal also performs with New Zealand flautist Miho Wada and Miho’s Jazz Orchestra.
NS Design Artist Gianni Luminati is one of the lead members of the multi-platinum selling indie pop act Walk off the Earth. Since 2006 WOTE’s viral and intriguing videos have captured the world over. Reimagining popular music’s most revered and coveted songs, Gianni and company have truly made a mark for themselves, inspiring many musicians to push the envelope of creativity by implementing non-traditional instruments in non-traditional roles of pop music.
Gianni says, “We have always been a huge fan of the Steinberger Electric Bass Guitar. When we found out Ned had started a new endeavor with NS Design, we were intrigued. We knew his attention to sound quality and detail was something we would see when we got our hand on these instruments.”