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Nancy Kuo is an in-demand classically trained and improvising violinist, violist, and cellist originally from the Wild West. With over 30 years of professional performing experience, she is a graduate from Berklee College of Music is an active Los Angeles-based session musician, live performing artist, and sought after teacher. Nancy has toured the country with off Broadway musical 'Titanic' the San Francisco gypsy jazz group, 'The George Cole Quintet' as well as LA-based ‘Vaud And The Villains’ and has collaborated with a myriad of talented artists for session work and live performances which include legends listed below. Her complete list of live performances and recording experiences are listed below spanning from 2011-2021. Well versed in a multitude of genres, Nancy performs with jazz, pop, indie rock and world-fusion groups, is seen performing violin on celebrity wedding specials for the TLC network and plays regularly for film, sound tracks, musical theater and bands in Los Angeles. She is a member of American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, the American String Teacher's Association, and is a proud violin artist endorsee of L.R. Baggs DI and pickups, and cello artist endorsee of Shadow Electronics.
Whether performing a casual electric violin set for Megan Thee Stallion’s Valentine’s Day surprise gifted by her beau Pardison Fontaine, playing live cello with Courtney Love Cobain for Lipps modeling agency launch at the Dream Hotel in Hollywood, multi tracking with string quartet for Janelle Monet, living the Johnny Cash life performing violin with gypsy jazz group The George Cole Quintet for the inmates at the Iona Correctional Facility, moonlighting with chamber groups and indie bands......or nowadays playing socially distanced micro concerts with her car.......Nancy has pretty much done it all through her 20+ year professional performing career.
Notable television and film work includes recording violin and viola for music on a promo with the CMG orchestra for the 2019 Super Bowl, the newest Sims videogame (2017), and violin, viola, and cello for Netflick's Original Series "Chef's Table" (2014), recording violin for CW Network's 'Hart of Dixie' (2012), performing with Robbie Williams in “Go Gently” (2013), recording violin for the feature film, Planet World, and composing/performing original incidental music for the film debuting at Slamdance, “Holiday Road” (2011).
Notable venues in Los Angeles, she’s played include Downtown Disney Live, Dolby Theater, the Skirball Cultural Center, Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge, the Wilshire Ebell Theater, Noor, the Echoplex, Bootleg Theater, Dream Hotel, the Luxe Hotel, the Satellite, The Mint, The Rose, and SLS Hotel Beverly Hills. She has recorded at Sony Pictures Scoring Stage, Eastwest Studios, Warner Brothers Eastwood Scoring Stage, The Evergreen Stage, and Tangent Recording Studios among many many other established studios.
When she is not performing, arranging, composing, or teaching with her boutique lesson studio, Leggy Fish Music Lessons, she is lending her talents to commercial work and has worked on commercials that include Facebook, LA Music Center, and nationally syndicated commercials for Fruit of the Loom, Hewlett Packard, WEtv, and BainUltra. She has also been a on-set coach as a string quartet consultant for Yamaha Corporation Japan and violin consultant for a Hartmann Luggage commercial. Nancy has a passion for music education. She is the head instructor and owner of Leggy Fish Music Lessons offering customized and quality in-home private and group lessons.
In addition to playing violin, viola, and cello, Nancy also dabbles in piano, sitar, mandolin and uke.
As of 3/20/20, she is available for remote recording and socially distanced performances!
List of notable collabs....
...and many other artists. See complete list below!
2021 Shows and Events
2020 Shows and Events-I’ve had a very fun year of performing and am very grateful!
2019 Shows and Events
2018 Shows and Events
2017 Shows and Events
2016 Shows and Events
2015 Shows and Events
2014 Shows and Events
2013 Shows and Events
2012 Shows and Events
2011 Shows and Events
Nancy has worked with many diverse and talented artists/bands!
Nancy is always open to working with other groups and creative artists. Her experience includes work in music for film scores, recordings, live performances with small and large ensembles, and bands of all kinds. She's had experience arranging and writing parts for strings. She has been blessed to have studied with the following mentors who have been instrumental in shaping her technique and bringing out her artistry. She recently finished working on recording a full length classical violin/piano album with original music composed by John Stallworth for his album "Attributes of God" released in December, 2018.
Chelain Stevenson---violinist in the Phoenix Symphony
Dr. Phyllis Skoldberg---former professor of violin at Arizona State University and student of pedagogy, Ivan Galamian
Dr. Frank Spinosa--former professor of violin at Arizona State University
Dr. Katie Mclin--professor of violin at Arizona State University
Sandra Kott--professor of violin at Berklee College of Music
Mimi Rabson--professor of violin at Berklee College of Music
William Terwilliger--performing violinist
Laura Park--former violinist in the Boston SymphonyPast bands & artists include playing with...
Michael Addison (LA)
Dan Akira (LA)
Masha Balovlenkov (LA)
Ceci Bastida (LA)
Jello Biafra from the Dead Kennedeys (click for video)
Matt Campbell (Chicago)
Harley Cortez (LA)
John Craige (SF) (click for sound sample)
Nura Creitz (LA)
Nader Diya (SF)
Kevin Earnest (LA)
Pasquale Esposito (SF)
Eric Fraser (NYC)
Jesse Glick (LA)
Aidan Hawken (SF)
Kishibashi (GA) (click for sound samples)
Matthew Teardrop from Manhattan Murder Mystery (LA)
Derek Jameson (SF)
Mia and Jonah (SF)
Joel Lager (LA)
Courtney Love (LA)
Janelle Monae (LA)
Kama Sutures (LA)
Savannah Lack (SF)
Angela Leo (LA)
Alison Mosshart from The Kills
Tom Sean Mullaney (SF)
Putnam Murdock (SF)
Ron Morris (NYC)
Linda Perry (LA)
Mod Hippie (LA)
Roger Rocha (SF)
Billy Schafer (SF) (click for video)
Michael Sempert (LA) (click for sound sample)
John Stallworth (LA)
Tim Smart (LA)
Jennie Vee (LA)
Evan Rachel Wood (LA) (click for video)
Robbie Williams (click for video)
James Williamson from Iggy and the Stooges
Alma Sangre (LA)
American Tomahawk (LA)
Blue Rabbit (SF)
The Body Rampart (LA)
Escalator Hill (LA)
Fall Out Boy (LA)
The Feed (SF)
George Cole Quintet (SF)
Grey Eastern (LA)
Hurry Death (LA)
That Dog (LA)
The Hammertoes (PHX) (click for sound samples)
Irish Goodbye (LA)
Los Vinos (NYC) (click for sound samples)
Manhattan Murder Mystery (LA)
The Dears (Canada)
The Monotones (PHX)
Next Level Sh*% (SF)
Paula Kelley Band (NYC)
Sons of Jack (LA)
Streetlight Manifesto (NJ)
Tar and Flowers (LA)
Vaud and the Villains (LA)
Vinyl Soul (LA)
Whiskey Sunday (LA)
90’s Rockshow (LA)
Appearances, Film, Television Sessions and Film (Music)
Violist on Robbie Williams "Go Gently" music video
Composer and performer of 'Five Day Weekend' opening music for the film, Holiday Road 2011
Performer of violin and viola for Silas Hite's original music for Sims 2017
Violinist on artist NORO's music video "Father and Daughter" 2017
Performer of violin, viola, and some cello for Silas Hite's original music for Netflick's Show "Chef's Table" 2014
Violinist on CW Network's 'Hart of Dixie' season 2 episode 9, entitled “Sparks Fly” (soundtrack) Dec 2012
Violinist on Planet World Soundtrack scored by Zachary Ross 2011
Violinist for Niecy Nash's Wedding Bash (Wedding and Cocktail Event) 2011
Violinist on Battle of TLC's the Wedding Planners Season #1 Episode 1 2010
Violinist on Battle of TLC's Wedding Designers Season #1 Episode 1 2010
Violinist on "Threshold"-short film by Vincent Labriola 2009
CMG Recording (LA)
Astoria Symphony Orchestra (NYC)
Musica Bella (NYC)
Oakland East Bay Symphony (SF)
Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (NYC)
Punk Rock Orchestra (SF)
The Elationists (SF)-An interesting art project she was involved in; she dressed up in period garb and played the Stroh violin.
Craig Megory (NYC)
Jascha Ephraim Memorial Library (SF)
Alma Sangre's album 2015 Violin and cello tracks
Dan Akira's album 2016 Violin, viola, and cello tracks
Michael Sempert's album 2015 Violin tracks
Ceci Bastida's album 2013 Violin and cello tracks
Birds and Batteries (SF) Violin with string quartet
Aidan Hawken (SF) All violin tracks with string quartet
We Is Shore Dedicated (SF) Track 1 violin
Kama Sutures (LA) Album 2015. All violin, viola and cello tracks
John Stallworth (LA) 2018 All violin tracks on "Attributes of God"
Escalator Hill (LA) All violin, viola and cello tracks
Escalator Hill (LA) All fiddle tracks
Sophomore Album Release Scheduled for 2013 (no album cover at this time)
John Craigie (SF) All violin and cello tracks
Matt Campbell (Chicago) All fiddle tracks
Album Release Scheduled for 2013
(no album cover at this time)
Mars Volta arranged by Mocha Ishibashi (NY) All viola tracks
Kingston and Young (SF) All violin tracks
Mavrik Empire (LA) Select hip hop violin tracks (no album cover)
G Koop (SF) Select hip hop violin tracks (no album cover)
Hellogoodbye (LA) violin, viola, and cello tracks. 2017 "S' Only Natural"
Kishi Bashi (LA) violin 2016 "Sonderlust"
Billy Schafer (SF) All violin and mandolin tracks, also arranging credits
Mod Hippie (LA) violin 2017 "Big Wow"
The Hammertoes (PHX) All violin tracks
Varona (SF) Track 2 violin
Varona (SF) Violin Tracks Album Release Scheduled for 2013 (no album cover at this time)
Performances at the following venues
(this list is certainly outdated and does not include current venues)
Red's Restaurant at Sedona Rouge
The Lost Leaf
The Rogue Bar
Alameda Elk's Club
Annie's Social Club
Beale Street Bar and Grill
Blue Rock Shoot
Brick and Mortar Music Hall
Cafe Du Nord
California State University Fullerton
Casey's Irish Pub
De Young Museum
Downtown Independent (played Slamdance Film Festival launch party)
Egyptian Theater Courtyard
Fillmore's Poster Room (played Poster Room on the following main stage performances: Blue October, Pete Yorn, Smashing Pumpkins, Violent Femmes, Local Natives, Big Head Todd, and Black Crowes)
Harbin Hot Springs
Hollywood Forever's Masonic Lodge
Honey Badger Cafe
House of Shields
Hyatt Regency Union Square
Intersection of the Arts
Last Day Saloon
London Hotel (The)
Lot One Cafe
Million Fishes Art Collective
Mission Cultural Center
Music Box (The)
O'Reilly's Holy Grail
One Eyed Gypsy
Paul Gleason Theater
Rock It Room
San Anselmo Playhouse
San Jose Tapestry Arts Festival (2007)
Santa Clara Convention Center
Satellite (formally Spaceland)
Silverlake Green Fair
St. Francis Hotel
The Copper Door
The Sunset Marquis Hotel
Velou Rouge Cafe
First Parish Church of Newbury
Traverse City Opera House
The Beat Coffeehouse and REcords
The Freakin' Frog
Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center)
Bowery Poetry Club
Freddy's Bar and Backroom
Hudson Opera House
National Arts Club
Pete's Candy Store
Weill Hall (Carnegie Hall)
Appearances, Film, Television Sessions and Film (Music)
On Set Talent Consultant
Non Union, Self Represented
LA Casting Online Resume
In addition to music, Nancy is available for commercial acting and print work. She is a natural improviser and is currently studying the art of commercial acting. Visit her LA Casting Online Resume.
"It's hard to find a good studio musician let alone a great one. Nancy is that and a little bit more. Reliable, professional, and incredibly talented. The things I had her do would have made most people freeze up but not Nancy. She stepped to the challenge and then crushed it. Use this woman for your next studio session."
-Dane Diamond (indie songwriter/producer)
"Nancy's live violin added so much to the atmosphere! She was the picture of flexibility and did a fabulous job. We'll definitely keep her in mind for future events".
-Joann P. Los Angeles
"Love love lessons with Nancy, she's the best. Been taking Adult Beginner Group Violin lessons since Summer 2013. It's the first time I've ever picked up a violin and it's going well so far. She's such a great teacher and she keeps the lessons affordable. It's been a blast and I'm learning so much."
-Victoria F. (adult learner) Los Angeles, CA
"I love that she incorporates improvisation and composition from the very beginning in a way that even a six-year-old can grasp and enjoy."
-Susan (mother of 6 year old learner)
"One of the best things about taking lessons with Nancy is that she makes them fun and interesting. I always wonder where the time went."
"Nancy did an excellent job. We had a solo violinist and it fit beautifully with our small and intimate outdoor ceremony. She is available to speak and meet with you if needed. The music selections can be customized to your liking, whether is it a classical selection or a contemporary selection. I highly recommend Nancy for any wedding or event!"
"Nancy was great! I proposed to my fiance on New Year's Eve, and as part of the surprise I wanted someone to play our song. Nancy was extremely helpful, professional, and thorough. She really cared about making sure all the details were right to make the proposal perfect. When the evening didn't go exactly as intended (my fault, not hers) she was flexible and helped come up with a new plan on the fly. The proposal was still perfect, and the song was absolutely beautiful! Thanks Nancy!"
"Very professional, accommodating and talented. Someone we will surely bring back again"
"Nancy is nothing short of outstanding. She went above above what was asked of her to make sure my best friend's proposal was amazing. Her talent and playing are excellent, her demeanor friendly, polite, and extremely professional."
"The lovely and extremely talented Nancy is to violin what Jimmy Page is to guitar."
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