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. Continue reading…


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.

Visit Laurie Anderson’s NS Artist page for more information about the artist, reviews of these remarkable SF Jazz Center performances, and video links to a variety of her performances throughout the years:
https://thinkns.com/artists/ns-design-artist-laurie-anderson/

Photo credit: Geoffrey Smith II


Solo Bass Competition during The NAMM Show week 2020!

NAMM 2020 Solo Bass Competition ContestantsThe Solo Bass Competition was held on Thursday in Anaheim during the NAMM Show 2020 — NS Design are proud to be co-sponsors of this special event, along with Phil Jones Bass, Warwick, LaBella, Marleux, and others; as well as Bass Magazine and Gizmotron. This was an exciting opportunity to see some of the best bassists in the country compete for top prizes. Judging this special evening was NS Artist Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon), Lee Sklar, Oskar Cartaya, Jerry Watts, Bob Glaub, and Juan Alderete – Wow! What a panel!

Congratulations to Josh Cohen, taking top prize! He played a 6-string bass with his original composition “Frostbite”. He chose the NS Omni Bass and the Phil Jones Double Four portable practice amp as his prizes!  Well done Josh!


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!

NS Artist Danielle Turano with the custom NS CR Sparkle Electric Violin at the Winter NAMM 2020 NS Design Booth

NS Artist Danielle Turano

NS Artists Quartet 405 NS NXTa Electric Violins, Electric Viola and Electric Cello at the Winter NAMM 2020 NS Design Booth

NS Artists Quartet 405

NS Artist Chance Wilder Onody with the custom NS CRM Electric Upright Bass at the Winter NAMM 2020 NS Design Booth

NS Artist Chance Wilder Onody

NS Artists Bakithi Kumalo, Noor Che'ree and violinist play bass guitar, upright bass and electric violin at NAMM 2020 NS Design Booth

NS Artists Noor Che’ree and Bakithi Kumalo

NS Artist Killian Duarte with the prototype NS CR6 Bass Guitar at the Winter NAMM 2020 NS Design Booth

NS Artist Killian Duarte

NS Artists Symphonic Planet at the Winter NAMM 2020 NS Design Booth

NS Artists Symphonic Planet with Quartet 405

NS Artists Donald Waugh and Bakithi Kumalo playing the CR Radius Bass prototype and the WAV Electric Upright Bass at the Winter NAMM 2020 booth

NS Artists Donald Waugh and Bakithi Kumalo


Ned Steinberger Visits the Worchester Poly Technical Institute Guitar Innovation Lab

NS Design Founder Ned Steinberger meets with scientists at Worchester Poly Tech Innovation Lab Ned Steinberger (center) meeting with Tommy Maloney (left) and V.J. Manzo (right) in the Electric Guitar Innovation Lab at WPI.

NS Design Founder and award-winning instrument designer, Ned Steinberger recently spent some time in collaboration on confidential research regarding electric guitar technology, with Tommy Maloney and V.J. Manzo of the Electric Guitar Innovation Lab at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worchester, MA.

The Guitar Innovation Lab explores opportunities for research, innovation, and education related to the electric guitar and the various components associated with the electric guitar including instrument design and modification, amplifiers, pickups, effects processors, and more. Check out the Lab’s website here: http://electricguitarinnovationlab.org/


Lionel Dean Jarvis – Bass Musician Magazine Interview

NS Artist Lionel Dean Jarvis sat down with Bass Musician Magazine for an intimate interview about his start in music, to his current tour as bassist and Music Director with 2018 Grammy Award winner Alessia Cara.

Check out Lionel and his CR5M Upright Bass on Alessia Cara’s North American tour!

learn more about Lionel Dean Jarvis…


Julie Lyonn Lieberman releases her new tutorial A FESTIVAL of VIOLIN & FIDDLE STYLES

NS Artist Educator Julie Lyonn Lieberman -Festival-of-Fiddle-Styles-book-cover

NS Design Educator Julie Lyonn Lieberman releases her new tutorial A FESTIVAL of VIOLIN & FIDDLE STYLES available for Violin, Viola and Cello.

Available at: https://julielyonnmusic.ecwid.com/

Julie is Artistic Director of the exciting Strings Without Boundaries seminars and is a storied author and teacher with of 12 Books and 6 DVDs distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation and 24+ String orchestra scores published by Alfred, Kendor, and Carl Fischer.

photograph of NS Artist Eductor Julie Lyonn Lieberman with her NXTa violin

 

 

 

 

Julie plays and performs with her NXTa Violin and uses  NXTa Violas and NXTa Cellos in her seminars, clinics and performances.

more about Julie . . .


Premiere Guitar – Nothing But Bass Volume 5 – Reviews

Premiere-Guitar-–-Nothing-But-Bass-Volume-5 ebook cover photo

NS Design is proud to be a sponsor of Nothing But Bass eBook from Premier Guitar.  This new 32 page eBook Vol. 5 – has 11 sub-rattling reviews of gear from Fender, Aguilar, Darkglass, MESA/Boogie, and more!

We invite you to download your free copy here:  http://digital.premierguitar.com/digital-press-nothing-but-…


NS Design Instrument Registration Form

NS Design has launched an NS Instrument Registration Form on our website. Registering your NS instrument helps us serve you better if you need to request technical support from us in the future. When you complete your registration, we will issue you an NS ID number for your instrument that you can refer to in future communications with us.

If you need technical support for an NS product, please use the Technical Support Form. If you have an informational request, please visit our FAQ page, or write to info@nedsteinberger.com.

We hope you will take a few minutes and register your instrument today. Visit the website home page or follow this directly to the registration form linked here: https://thinkns.com/register-your-ns-instrument/⁠


NS Design welcomes Fiddler Anna Blanton to its roster of Artists

NS Artist Anna Blanton violinist fiddler

NS Design Artist Anna Blanton has spent years playing a wide range of musical styles from bluegrass and classic country to Celtic, folk and orchestral pieces. Blanton started her early training in music at her grade school orchestra program under the direction of Catherine Moeller-Cunanan. As a child she particularly enjoyed Irish music which led her to study Irish and Bluegrass fiddle tunes and the mandolin under Jeff Guernsey. Later, at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, Anna studied classical violin and continues to perform and record with area symphony orchestras. In 2016 and 2017 she partnered with Kentucky Shakespeare on their productions of Twelfth Night and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead under the music direction of Jack Ashworth and in 2018 Anna was part of a 52 piece orchestra that recorded Bear McCreary’s The Professor and The Madman movie soundtrack.

Anna Blanton with CR Violin New Bees Band

NS Artist Anna Blanton (left) with the New Bees Band.

While dedicated to performing with acoustic instruments, after finishing a challenging tour with Canadian singer-songwriter Colter Wall and experiencing environmental issues with her acoustic violin, Blanton felt it was time to explore available electric options. Anna was introduced to the NS series of electric violins while performing with the roots-rock five piece Jericho Woods. Jory Hutchins, Jericho Woods’ former fiddle player had a CR Series Violin and their bassist, and fellow NS Artist Paul Priest, who plays CR RADIUS and NXTa RADIUS bass guitars, encouraged her to try out the NS.

Anna found it very easy to transition to the NS CR5 electric violin, only having to change her bow angle to accommodate the low C string. Now a dedicated NS player, Anna appreciates how easy it is using her CR5 violin on the road. She says, “I’ve played lots of scorching hot outdoor gigs. I’d always worry about my 200+ year old acoustic fiddles getting damaged or going out of tune. This CR5 fiddle not only sounds great and looks cool; it also handles the heat outside remarkably well! I’ve had no tuning issues and don’t have to worry about seams coming open at any of my outdoor gigs. I can just enjoy playing and not stress about my gear!”

NS Artist Anna Blanton with Jericho Woods guitarist, Aaryn Martin at Fourth Street Live! Louisville, KY.

NS Artist Anna Blanton with Jericho Woods guitarist, Aaryn Martin at Fourth Street Live! Louisville, KY.

Anna’s advice for acoustic violinists considering the transition to electric is to keep in mind that the electric violin’s sound isn’t as loud as an acoustic in a player’s ear. To that end, Anna uses a Fishman Loudbox Mini mainly for self-monitoring on stage while running a direct line out the front-of-house PA. Along with the Fishman, Anna occasionally uses a Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Wah pedal, MXR Phase 90 and a boost pedal.

NS Artist Anna Blanton plays the CR5 Violin with Jericho Woods | Abbey Road on the River.

Anna’s schedule is as full as you might expect for someone playing a wide range of music. Whether touring with Jericho Woods in support of their new album One Perfect Song, releasing an album of traditional instrumentals and original folk music with her band Croghan’s Crossing, or working with students of all ages through private instruction, Blanton keeps building her fan base and her career with a dedicated passion for music.

New owners, Charlie and Anna Blanton in front of their Kentuckiana Music Center, New Albany, IN.

New owners, Charlie and Anna Blanton in front of their Kentuckiana Music Center, New Albany, IN.

 

NS Artist Anna Blanton plays “What Happiness Looks Like” for Red Barn Radio with Jericho Woods, also featuring NS Artist Paul Priest with the CR RADIUS Bass.

For more information about Anna and her music visit: www.annablantonmusic.com

For more information and tour dates for Jericho Woods, visit: https://jerichowoodsband.com/home

Also, check out the Kentuckiana Music Center recently purchased by Anna and her husband Charlie at: www.kentuckianamusiccenter.com


NS Design at IBMA and World of Bluegrass 2019

Here is your IBMA 2019 World of Bluegrass Conference and Awards Recap!

Jeff Parker and the Company with bassist Tyler Griffith at King’s in Raleigh, NC.

Jeff Parker and the Company with bassist Tyler Griffith playing the NS Upright Bass at King’s in Raleigh, NC.

NS Design attended and exhibited at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) World of Bluegrass Expo, Booth #315. Many NS Artists, friends and fans stopped in to say hello to NS National Sales Manager Tommy Wilson and NS Artist Relations Manager Corey Redonnett, who showcased a variety of NS instruments for attendees to plug in and pick, pluck, bow and strum! The Expo ran from Wednesday, September 24 through Saturday, September 28, 2019.

IBMA 2019 mix NS boothThe NS Booth at IBMA 2019 was lively with visitors all week.

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IBMA’s Entertainer of the Year Award & Collaborative Recording of the Year Award

IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award 2019 recipient Joe Mullins and the Radio RamblersIBMA Entertainer of the Year Award 2019 recipient Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers

NS Design congratulates NS Artist Randy Barnes bassist with Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers who took home top prize, earning the Entertainer of the Year Award, along with the Collaborative Recording of the Year Award for “The Guitar Song”, at the 30th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association. Randy Barnes plays the NXT4a Electric Upright Bass and CR4M Electric Upright Bass.

NS Design Artist Randy Barnes plays the NXTa EUB.NS Design Artist Randy Barnes plays the NXTa EUB.

More about Randy Barnes . . .

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IBMA’s Momentum Award for Band of the Year

More great news out of Raleigh, NC where NS Design Bassist Dylan Lawrence with Cane Mill Road just won International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Award for Band of the Year! Congratulations guys! Dylan plays the NXT5a Electric Upright Bass.

NS Design Bassist Dylan Lawrence plays the NXTa EUB.NS Design Bassist Dylan Lawrence plays the NXTa EUB.

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Grammy nomination for The Moore Brothers Band

Big news from the NS booth at International Bluegrass Music Association attendees when Jake Moore showed up to share with our Artist Relations Manager, Corey Redonnett, that the Moore Brothers Band are now in the running for a few Grammy nods this year. Jake plays the NS CR4 Omni Bass with The Moore Brothers Band, Jubilee and Cane Mill Road. Congratulations!

NS Artist Relations Manager Corey Redonnett at the NS Booth at IBMA 2019 with Jake Moore.NS Artist Relations Manager Corey Redonnett at the NS Booth at IBMA 2019 with Jake Moore.

We love seeing NS instruments represented so well in the wide world of Bluegrass! Congratulations to all the NS players on a great turn out in Raleigh this year.


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.

More on Pascal . . .


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.

 

More on Gianni . . .


Tony Levin – King Crimson’s 2019 50th Anniversary Celebration American Tour

Photograph of NS Design Artist Tony Levin playing his CR5M Electric Upright Bass with King Crimson on their 50th Anniversary Celebration Tour.

NS Design Artist Tony Levin plays his CR5M Electric Upright Bass.

NS Artist and esteemed bassist Tony Levin and his long-time band mates in King Crimson are embarking on their 2019 50th Anniversary Celebration American Tour.   With his CR5M Upright Bass, Tony and the rest of the KC camp will be ploughing through their extensive history of fan favorites.

Tour dates at:   https://www.dgmlive.com/tours?liveshow=on

Tony will also be doing a run of December dates with The Levin Brothers.  Featuring tinges of mid-century Afro-Cuban Jazz, Tony on his CR5 Cello and CR5M Upright Bass along with keyboardist brother Pete Levin, carve out fiery improvisations and groovy compositions rooted in classic Jazz of their childhood.

Tour dates at:  https://tonylevin.com/tour

Tony Levin plays the CR5M Upright Bass and CR5 Cello.

more about Tony . . . 


NS Artist Benny Rietveld – For Bass Players Only Interview

NS Artist Benny Rietveld with the CRM Upright BassBenny Rietveld bassist for Santana, playing the NS CRM Upright. Photo by Alan Poulin

NS Design Artist Benny Rietveld, longtime bassist and music director for Santana, sat down for an exclusive interview with Jon Liebman of For Bass Players Only. Benny shares his history and the power of the bass.

“If they’re not at least moving and tapping… then you’re not doing a good job.” – Benny Rietveld

Watch the interview here:

Rietveld plays the CRM Electric Upright Bass and CR RADIUS Bass Guitar

More about Benny . . .

 


NS Artist Jamaaladeen Tacuma speaks with Premier Guitar Magazine

Jamaaladeen Tacuma with the WAV Electric Upright Bass and the WAV Radius Bass guitar

NS Design Artist Jamaaladeen Tacuma speaks with Premier Guitar in the August, 2019 issue about producing The Last Poets 2019 release Transcending Toxic Times, and his Steinberger and NS Design Basses.

Read the full article linked here: Jamaaladeen Tacuma: Grooving Hard, Embracing Risk – Premiere Guitar Magazine

Tacuma plays the NS WAV Electric Upright Basses and WAV RADIUS Bass Guitars.

Read more about Jamaaladeen Tacuma and The Outsiders Festival. . .


Classical crossover trio Simply Three plays music that is anything but simple.

Classical crossover trio Simply Three plays music that is anything but simple.

They have performed covers of artists from Adele to Michael Jackson to Queen, winning the hearts of thousands of concert-goers and millions of YouTube followers. Blending top-notch musicianship with high production value and a dose of good humor, their recent music video—a cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”—sums them up pretty well:

(Please note: NS Design does not endorse playing your bass on top of a moving car. Even if you can.)

NS Design’s electric bowed instruments are integral to Simply Three’s music, both live and in studio. They perform with a matching set of CR Series instruments (CR Violin, CR Cello, CRM Upright Bass) with custom slate gray finish, in addition to their acoustic instruments.

The group takes full advantage of their NS instruments’ broad tonal palette and strong, clean signal. They also rely on NS Design’s ergonomics and patented support systems for their choreographed performances.

After all, not just any cello sounds good inside an AMC Pacer!

Here’s what Glen McDaniel, Zack Clark, and Nick Villalobos say about their NS instruments:

Glen McDaniel (CR Violin)

“NS makes a fantastic violin. It stands out against all the major brands in its ability to produce a warmth and resonance that sound natural despite being an electric instrument. To me, it has the most interesting and visual appeal as well.”

 

Zack Clark (CR Cello)

“The NS CR Cello is the best sounding electric cello on the market today. I absolutely love its unique look as well as the versatility I have with its dual pick-up system. It’s the only electric cello I use both on the road and in the studio.”

 

Nick Villalobos (CRM Upright Bass)

“I continue to discover the versatility of this instrument and it continues to impress me every day.”

Acclaimed by everyone from the Boston Philharmonic to the Huffington Post, Simply Three has over 1.1 million followers on YouTube. (Check out their channel here.) Their upcoming East Coast tour begins in Delaware on June 19. A new album is due out later this year.

Learn more about Simply Three by visiting https://simplythreemusic.com/.


2019 The University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award winner Scott Laird

Scott Laird, nationally recognized string pedagogue and conductor (and NS Design Artist and Educator), has received The University of North Carolina Board of Governors 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Steven Krull Photography

Established by the Board in 1993 to highlight the importance of teaching, the award recognizes the extraordinary contributions of faculty members System wide, honoring 17 outstanding faculty members this year.

“We take great pride in honoring these recipients. They all bring a high standard of excellence in the classroom through creative teaching methods that impact our students,” said UNC Board of Governors Chair Harry Smith.

Laird, who has served on the faculty of The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics is currently the Fine Arts Coordinator and Instructor of Music.

Beginning in 2001, Laird’s milestone achievements include promoting and developing a high standard of musicianship and pride in the Orchestra and initiating popular electives Classical Piano and Guitar, Audio/Digital Music Production, and History of Western Music. Taking on the new role of Fine Arts Coordinator in 2008, Laird has played an integral role in recruiting, hiring, and supporting all of NCSSM’s Fine Arts instructors with an eye toward developing a team that exemplifies excellence in teaching, scholarship, impeccable musicianship, care for students, and collegiality.

In his 18 years as NCSSM’s orchestra conductor, the string section has grown from only 12 members in 2001 to over 60 players this year. They have performed major works every year including symphonies by Beethoven, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Haydn, and this year, Brahms and have featured over 70 student soloists over the years as part of an annual Concerto Concert. He sponsors and supports students who are selected for the NCMEA Eastern Regional Orchestra, NC Honors Orchestra, and NAfME National Honor Orchestra.

“This award is an opportunity to acknowledge the great work that’s being done by some of the finest instructors in all of higher education,” said UNC System Interim President Bill Roper. “It represents the talent we have in the UNC System and the high-quality education our students receive.”

Noted for his innovative approach to ensemble development and musicianship, Laird is a frequent conductor of honor orchestras and is a sought-after conference presenter. He has developed relationships with the Durham community by promoting the Fine Arts Series events to the community on area list-serves and our programs are now well known for their high quality, free admission, and family-friendly atmosphere.

He regularly performs on acoustic and electric violin and is known for his abilities in both the classical and improvisatory arena. We’re proud to add that his electric of choice is the NS Design CR Violin.

His blog: “Thoughts of a String Educator,” enjoys broad readership in the music education community.

More on Scott and the other esteemed recipients of this prestigious award:  https://www.northcarolina.edu/Board-Governors-Awards/Teaching-Awards-2019


From Winter NAMM 2019 NS Artist Donald Waugh’s Review of the NS RADIUS Bass Guitar

Donald on the WAV Radius Bass from NS Design!

From the NS Design Booth at Winter NAMM 2019, here is NS Artist Donald Waugh’s Review of the NS RADIUS Bass Guitar with NS Design’s founder and award winning designer, Ned Steinberger:

“It’s not very often I play instruments that make me not want to stop playing… the WAV Radius Bass is one of those instruments. The NS Design bass guitars are all very beautifully designed, with a lot of tone options. The thing that stuck out most to me was the piezo pickup system that Ned Steinberger designed himself. It is not only dynamic, but also very warm; a unique blend of shimmering brights and deep lows. Don’t take my word for it, listen to the sound for yourself. Enjoy the video!” – Donald Waugh

For more of his reviews, music and what’s new from Donald, visit https://donaldwaugh.com/

For more information about the RADIUS Bass Guitar Series from NS, visit: https://thinkns.com/instrument/the-ns-design-radius-bass-guitar/


NS Design welcomes bad snacks to its roster of violin artists

NS Design is pleased to welcome the artist known as bad snacks to its roster of electric violin endorsing artists.

Classically trained on the violin, she had a career as a singer-songwriter on the east coast before moving to Los Angeles. Turning her talents to electronic music, bad snacks’ current work encompasses synthesized soundscapes with a “chillhop-meets-experimental” vibe. Recent performance credits include a commissioned album for YouTube’s Audio Library, playing with Grammy-nominated R&B/neo-soul group KING, and performances with the avant-garde Hollywood Light Orchestra.

Beyond performing, bad snacks has cultivated a YouTube following of over 30,000 subscribers. Her channel includes an in-depth look into production techniques for orchestration, mixing and mastering electronic music. A series of videos feature effect and synth pedals matched to the NS violin among others.

This demo of the NS NXT5a electric violin with the Meris Enzo synth pedal shows the creative potential of bad snacks’ work, and her talent for explaining the complex ideas of electronic music.

bad snacks raves about the NXTa violin:”I have never played an electric violin that has felt as natural yet versatile as the NXTa Violin. It’s incredibly comfortable to play, and the control of signal through the active setting and the pickup switch allows me to have all kinds of tonal versatility which is incredibly important as I tend to synthesize my instrument and put it through all kinds of effect chains. My live sets would be literally impossible without this instrument!”For more information and news on bad snacks, visit her YouTube Channel or Facebook Page.Visit ThinkNS.com for more info on the eco-friendly, battery-free NXTa Series of NS violins.


Ned Steinberger, NS Design Founder, Keynote Speaker at 2nd Annual Maine Luthiers Exhibition & Music Showcase

October 12 – 14, 2018, Hallowell, Maine welcomes you to celebrate the craft of lutherie at the 2nd Annual Maine Luthiers Exhibition and Music Showcase at central Maine’s “New Orleans on the Kennebec”, with a gallery exhibition of Maine made instruments, craft demonstrations, and great live performances at auditoriums, restaurants, and pubs in the most charming, and rocking, downtown north of Portland.

Friday night’s reception at City Hall includes a meet and greet with Ned Steinberger, our keynote speaker and an internationally recognized innovator in musical instrument design and construction.  He is an incredible example of innovative intellectual property producer who lives and works in Maine, and is part of an international manufacturing network.

The 2nd Annual Maine Luthiers Exhibition and Music Showcase is brought to you by the City of Hallowell, in partnership with The Harlow Gallery and Maine Craft Weekend, and funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Friday Night Welcoming at Hallowell City Hall

  • Keynote Speaker: Ned Steinberger, internationally recognized stringed instrument design innovator, City Hall Auditorium, 6:30 PM, with VIP reception at 5:30.  General seating starts at 6 PM.
  • Featured Performers: Adam Frederick, bassist, NS Design Featured Endorser, City Hall Auditorium, 7:30 PM; The Katie Matzell Band, City Hall Auditorium, 8:00 PM

NS Artist Adam Frederick with the Fretless Sunburst NXT5a RADIUS

Music and woodworking vendors and demonstrations including:

  • Bourgeois Guitars, Hallowell City Hall
  • Kennebec Instrument and Amplifier, Hallowell City Hall
  • Carter Ruff, Luthier, Hallowell City Hall
  • Shelter Tool, Hallowell Bandstand (next to The Harlow)

All days Featuring:

  • Maine-Made Stringed Instrument Exhibition at The Harlow
  • Raffle drawings for great stringed instruments including a NS Design WAV4 Radius electric bass guitar and a Yamaha Revstar RS502 electric guitar
  • Music Performances in Downtown Venues throughout the weekend

Visit http://hallowell.org/luthiers/ for more details and to reserve your tickets!


NS Design 5-String NXTa Radius Bass Guitar Review

Bass Musician Magazine

NS Design 5-String NXTa Radius Bass Guitar Review

Author : Ty Campbell
Date : 10-09-2018

New from NS Design is the NXTa Radius Bass Guitar.

If you aren’t familiar with NS Design instruments, you should know the NS abbreviation stands for Ned Steinberger. The way I see it, Leo Fender introduced us to the electric bass and Ned Steinberger has taken what Leo has done and added engineering and innovation not only to the electric bass, but many other instruments produced by Ned and his great team at NS Design. Ned is the designer of the famous Spector NS basses. What Ned Steinberger does for any of his instruments takes years of research and development until everything is just right and his ideas and innovation are turning up in other manufacturers’ instruments later on.

The NXTa Radius is an innovative and engineering work of art, beauty, and tone to perfection.

Read the full article on Bass Musician Magazine’s website: https://bassmusicianmagazine.com/2018/09/ns-design-5-string-nxta-radius-bass-guitar-review/


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.”

More about Glen . . .