Eugen Friesen – Creative Cello Workshop 2020

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.

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Be sure to check out his fun looping improvisation on his NXT Cello for the Berklee World Strings Department.

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Derek Menchan

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.”

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Nick Cañas

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

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Trevor Dick

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

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Lionel Dean Jarvis

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.

 

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Laurie Anderson

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. Continue reading…


Jair-Rohm Parker Wells

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.”

Jair-Rohm plays WAV and NXTa Upright Basses and CR and NXTa RADIUS Bass Guitars.

Check out his newest jam with electronics implementing whole-tone scale improvisation.

 

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Maddy Herdeman

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.

https://mysteryloves.com/

“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

Maddy plays the NXT5a Cello with the NS Frame Strap System.

Check out Mystery Loves Company’s single “Numbers and Lines”

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NS Design welcomes Pascal Roggen to the NS Artist roster

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.

Be sure to check out Pascal shredding on his CR5 Electric Violin with Shez Raja Collective at London’s Ilsington Hall.

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Gianni Luminati of Walk Off The Earth

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.”

Check out Gianni and Walk Off The Earth joining Lisa Loeb on her 90’s smash hit Stay.

Gianni plays the WAV4 Omni Bass, WAV5 RADIUS Bass Guitar and the NXT5a Fretted Electric Cello.

 

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Wayne Brewer

NS Design welcomes bassist and fiddler Wayne Brewer of Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers.  Wayne’s instruments of choice are the WAV series Upright Bass and Violin.

Wayne has two Guinness Book of World Records – “The Youngest Recording Artist” AND “The Youngest Artist to perform on The Grand Ole Opry Stage”

Join them at their Friday Night Music Series in Shepherdsville Kentucky.  For tickets and more info:  https://www.brewgrass.com/

https://thinkns.com/artists/wayne-brewer/


Suraaj Parab “Bassuraaj”

 

Congratulations to bassist Suraaj Parab “Bassuraaj” for receiving two esteemed awards for his original compositions.  His moving and emotional  “Lilies of Remembrance” featuring the NS NXT4a Upright Bass, honored with a Bronze medal in Global Music Awards and “Bench of Frozen Memories” for receiving the Akademia Music Award of Excellence.

More about Suraaj:  https://thinkns.com/artists/suraaj-parab-bassuraaj/


Featured Artist: Glen McDaniel

The electrifying trio of Glen McDaniel, Zack Clark, and Nick Villalobos, together known as Simply Three, have been captivating audiences worldwide with high-octane performances since 2010. Be sure to catch Simply Three at upcoming appearances. Link to their website for more information on the new album Undefined: https://simplythreemusic.com/

Glen plays the NS CR4 Electric Violin in Custom Slate Gray Finish.

Check out Simply Three’s latest original song “S.O.A.”

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Featured Artist: Zack Clark

The electrifying trio of Zack Clark, Glen McDaniel, and Nick Villalobos, together known as Simply Three, have been captivating audiences worldwide with high-octane performances since 2010. Be sure to catch Simply Three at upcoming appearances. Link to their website for more information on the new album Undefined: https://simplythreemusic.com/

Zack plays the NS CR Electric Cello in Custom Slate Gray Finish.

Check out Simply Three’s latest original song “S.O.A.”

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Featured Artist: Nick Villalobos

The electrifying trio of Nick Villalobos, Glen McDaniel, and Zack Clark, together known as Simply Three, have been captivating audiences worldwide with high-octane performances since 2010. Be sure to catch Simply Three at upcoming appearances. Link to their website for more information on the new album Undefined: https://simplythreemusic.com/

Nick plays the NS CR5M Upright Bass in Custom Slate Gray Finish.

Check out Simply Three’s latest original song “S.O.A.”

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Featured Artist: Donald Waugh

Donald Waugh, multi-instrumentalist and one-man-band wonder, is embarking on his first world tour in June.  Starting in Nashville, Tennessee, he will continue on to many European cities throughout the summer. Be sure to check out Donald’s amazingly charming and thoughtful songs live.  His newest release “Feel Brand New” and all tour dates available at his website https://donaldwaugh.com/.

Donald plays the NS WAVc Omni Bass.

Check out his review of the Omni Bass and hear his looping genius covering Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon” in this YouTube Video.

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Featured Artist: Jamaaladeen Tacuma

Recently awarded this year’s Benny Golson Award by Mayor Jim Kenney of Philaldelphia, PA, renowned jazz bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, presents the fourth annual Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival. This year’s 3-event festival continues its mission of showcasing diverse styles of risk-taking, progressive music and groundbreaking artists on April 6th, 15th and 29th for Philadelphia’s Jazz Appreciation Month. Featuring Tacuma along with headliner Ornette Coleman’s PRIME TIME led by Denardo Coleman and FREE FORM FUNKY FREQS trio with G. Calvin Weston and Guitarist Vernon Reid.

For tickets and venues visit:  https://www.jamaaladeenmusic.com/

Jamaaladeen plays a WAV RADIUS Bass Guitar and WAV Electric Upright Bass.

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Featured Artist: Jason Yang

In February 2018, with Jon Boogz & Robin Sanders, Yang helped launch Charlize Theron and Kweku Mandela’s ‘100Conversations’ in honor of the legendary Nelson Mandela at The Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA.

Jason plays a CR Violin with Custom Transparent High-gloss Cherry finish.

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Featured Artist: Katie Larson

Katie Larson and her Indie Folk-Rock band The Accidentals are celebrating their signing as Sony Materworks Artists and the release of a new album, Odyssey.

Katie plays CR and NXTa Series cellos

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Featured Artist: Noor Che’ree

Che’ree will be on tour with EMIKO – Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Borneo Jazz Festival, World Youth Jazz Conference (Kuala Lumpur), Jakarta. For tour information visit Noor’s website at noorcheree.com.

Noor Che’ree, in collaboration with Jonas Peterson have created the SYMPHONIC PLANET which strives to create a musical journey around the world. Catch a their latest video documentary here: symphonicplanet.com.

Noor plays a CR RADIUS Bass Guitar and an NXT Electric Upright Bass

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