• 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.”

    More on Derek . . .

  • Remember the Power of Music in Turbulent Times

    Extraordinary Instruments by Ned Steinberger

    On behalf of our worldwide community of NS Artists, Ned and the NS Design team take this moment to recognize all musicians for their power to sustain, transport and heal in tumultuous times. Your music is vital to our well-being, and we are profoundly grateful.

    Please enjoy, share, and find inspiration in these videos. We’ll endeavor to share more with you in the weeks to come.

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  • NS Artist Marcos Varela’s 2020 Interview with For Bass Players Only

    The latest For Bass Players Only interview is with jazz bassist and NS Artist Marcos Varela, who sat down with Jon Leibman at the NS Design booth during the Winter NAMM Show 2020. Among the topics, they talk bass technique, Mingus Big Band in NYC, a new debut record release planned with the Illumination Quartet on Spanish label Fresh Sound New Talent, and Varela’s rock jazz projects in the works with the NS CR Radius bass guitar.

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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.

     

    More on Dean . . .

  • 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. Read More »

  • Laurie Anderson Resident Artistic Director SF Jazz Center

    Phtotograph of NS Design Artist Laurie Anderson playing the NS CR Electric Violin at the SFJazz Concert Series

    NS Artist Laurie Anderson visited San Francisco last week as Resident Artistic Director at SF JAZZ Center for a four-night performance series. Anderson, who plays the NS CR electric violin, shared the stage on night one with her NYC Improvisations Series collaborators – virtuoso bassist Christian McBride and cellist (NS Artist) Rubin Kodheli; night two included the strings duet of Kodheli again, with Anderson; the third evening also included Kodheli with the addition of avant-garde vocalist Mike Patton, of Mr. Bungle and Faith No More; night four featured Anderson’s solo performance with her NS violin, keyboards, and filters. Read More »

  • NAMM Show 2020 Ultimate Jam Night

    The NAMM Show 2020 Ultimate Jam Night is a concert that brings all the legendary and top musicians of the world to play music together on one stage. This year’s stellar performances included NS Artists Quartet405 with violinists Eliza James and Rebecca Schlappich Charles, violist Jayna Chou, and cellist Danica Pinner rockin’ their NXTa’s! Check out the amazing photographs of the show taken by NS Artist Noor Che’ree of Cookie Monstah Media.

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  • NS Design Booth at Winter NAMM 2020

    Winter NAMM 2020 at the NS Design Booth has been lively with NS Artists and friends. Stop in to say hello if you’re in the neighborhood. Hall D #4729.

    Winter NAMM 2020 Night scene with fountain

    We have a number of great players at the Winter NAMM 2020 booth performing and demonstrating NS, including: legendary bassist Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon), violinist Daneille Turano, Marcos Varela – Grammy nominated Jazz artist and composer, Los Angeles’s favorite electric ensemble Quartet 405 with a special demonstration including Symphonic Planet, solo bassists Noor Che’ree, Chance Wilder Onody, Donald Waugh and much more!

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  • Noah Sierota – Echosmith new album

    Photograph of NS Design Artist Noah Sierota playing his NXT4a Upright Bass with synth-pop group Echosmith.

    NS Artist Noah Sierota, bassist/singer/songwriter for Echosmith, started out with 2013’s Top-40 charting debut Talking Dreams with the single “Cool Kids” followed by 2017’s Inside a Dream and their latest 2020’s Lonely Generation.  Echosmith exemplifies the generational voice of contemporary youth through catchy songs of isolation and coming of age, in the midst of the ever-evolving world of technology and social media. Read More »