Nate Sabat

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston and of LaGuardia High School in New York City, Nate Sabat is a bassist, classically-trained vocalist, songwriter, and arranger. Nate has performed on stages in The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United States.

As a bassist, Nate has toured with artists such as Canadian rock band Fish & Bird, singer-songwriter Jenny Ritter, and bluegrass band Jeff Scroggins & Colorado. He has worked in ensembles directed by Grammy-award winning artists including
conductor/cellist Eugene Friesen and jazz pianist Arturo O’Farill. In winter of 2014, he was chosen to be one of sixteen young acoustic musicians to attend the 2014 Acoustic Music Seminar in Savannah, GA, working with artists such as Bela Fleck, Mike Marshall, and Chris Eldridge of the Punch Brothers at the seminar. In June of 2015, he traveled to Fort Collins, CO to give a presentation on bluegrass bass playing at the International Society of Bassists bi-annual convention.

As a vocalist, Nate has performed in choral settings at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. From 2006 to 2012 he was a section member of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, under the artistic direction of MacArthur Fellow Francisco J. Nunez. With that ensemble, he performed with artists such as Kronos Quartet, the New York Pops, and the Stephen Petronio Dance Company.

In regards to his original music, Nate has written music for NPR's Radio Lab, directed by MacArthur fellow Jad Abumrad. He has performed original songs at renowned clubs such as Cornelia Street Cafe, The Bitter End, and Club Passim, and at high-profile festivals such as the Greyfox Bluegrass Festival and FreshGrass. Additionally, he has had his work performed at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

In spring 2012, Nate was the co-music director for LaGuardia’s audition-based, highly competitive school-wide talent show, Rising Stars. That same year, he was hired as an assistant music arranger for Broadway pianist Larry Pressgrove, writing arrangements for both a cabaret and an off-broadway show. More recently, he has arranged and orchestrated music for the Heifetz International Music Institute and the Berklee World Strings.

Since graduating from Berklee, Nate makes his home in Somerville, MA. There, he is working as a bassist-for-hire, arranger, and private instructor, and is additionally touring full-time with his bluegrass band Mile Twelve.