Nate has performed professionally on (or near) seven continents in rock clubs, private parties, cruise ships, concert halls, and places of worship. Nate has shared the stage with various rock, pop, funk, blues, R&B, jazz and classical ensembles, notably with soul singer, Clem Curtis of The Foundations ("Build Me Up, Buttercup"), Broadway star, Lorna Luft (daughter of Judy Garland), and pop rock duo, Journey South (UK X-Factor).
Nate attended the Oberlin College Conservatory, studying with Peter Dominguez and Tom Sperl. Described by the Oberlin Review as having “high-quality musicianship” and creating “chest vibrating bass-lines,” Nate was featured in Oberlin’s Wind and critically acclaimed Contemporary Music Ensembles on electric bass. He also taught credited electric bass lessons for the Conservatory.
Double Bass Jazz Soloist Reel
Electric Bass Playing Sample
Excerpts from Nate's Senior Recital and performances at Oberlin. Sir Duke- Stevie Wonder Blackbird- The Beatles Breaking Glass- David Bowie Stomping Ground- Bela Fleck and the Flecktones I did all of the arrangements, excluding Breaking Glass.
Cellist Teddy Rankin-Parker and Nate trading lines in Bela Fleck's "Stomping Grounds." Also featuring a drum solo by Jake Robinson.
Coming Together, Part 1 by Frederic Rzewski
Nate's senior recital (Spring 2008, Oberlin College/Conservatory) featured an experimental and improvisational piece conceived by Frederic Rzewksi entitled “Coming Together Part 1”. The music is set to text from a letter written by Sam Melville, a prisoner at the Attica Correctional Facility in 1971, a few months before he was killed during a prison riot. Rzewski provided instructions for performing the piece. A musician plays the written bass line as provided by the composer, while a narrator reads the text. The other instrumental parts may be improvised, arranged, and added provided they are aligned with the bass line. This performance was a study in group collaboration, arranging, preparing and improvisation. While Nate led the overall direction of this performance, the final product was an experience created by the different backgrounds of the performers. The video reflects 5 minutes of the overall 20 minute performance.