Nate Sabat is an award-winning bassist, singer-songwriter, arranger and instructor based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a founding member of the award-winning string band Mile Twelve. A native-New Yorker, he attended LaGuardia High School as a vocal principal and went on to study upright bass at the Berklee College of Music. He has performed on stages throughout Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States, at festivals including Celtic Connections, Greyfox Bluegrass Festival, ROMP and Four Corners Folk Festival.
Nate's bass playing ---- while rooted in
American folk music — goes far beyond any preconceived notions of the
instrument's role within the genre. With a relaxed, vocal sound and equal fluency with pizzicato and the bow, Nate takes full advantage of the never-ending variety of sounds and textures the bass has to offer. Recently, he has begun performing solo, with upright bass as his only tool for accompaniment.
With his ability to pay close attention to detail and quickly internalize musical form and feeling, Nate has become an in-demand sideman on stage and in the studio. He has worked with artists such as the T Sisters, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, Honeysuckle, Eliza Edens, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado and Zoe & Cloyd. In fall 2020 he had his first moment in the producer's chair, bringing Deviant Folk ---- the debut album of Boston-area singer-songwriter Mark Abruzzese ---- to life.
Nate has written and arranged music for NPR's Radio Lab, the Young People's Chorus of New York City and the Heifetz International Music Institute. Additionally, a number of his songs are in rotation on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction channel. The debut project under his own name, Walking Away, was released in the fall of 2018. Roots music journal No Depression says, "...it becomes clear that within only six tunes, Sabat has effectively constructed a short but dense epic through the mind of a man looking to forgive his past and travel fearlessly into his future". A wide variety of artistic influences -- from the Stanley Brothers to Dvořák, from Joni Mitchell to XTC -- come together, leaving the listener with a clear, original statement at the record's completion. It's available for streaming and purchase here.
Nate offers instruction in upright and electric bass, songwriting, music theory, ear training, and arranging. For more information, please contact him here. He also offers low-cost upright bass instruction via Patreon, which you can learn more about here. In early 2021, Nate released his first instructional book -- Dirt Simple: Upright Bass -- via Mel Bay Publications. It's available for purchase here.