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 on the violin, she is a graduate from Berklee College of Music, has toured the country with off Broadway musical 'Titanic' the San Francisco gypsy jazz group, 'The George Cole Quintet' and has collaborated with a myriad of talented artists and ensembles like Guster, That Dog, Aiden Hawken, Kan Wakan, Ceci Bastida, Linda Perry and Roger Rocha of the Four Non Blondes, and James Williamson of Iggy and the Stooges, Jello Biafra from The Dead Kennedeys, and Alison Mosshart from the Kills to name a few. 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, cello artist endorsee of Shadow Electronics, and an endorsee of organic cotton clothing line, Peri Eco Rags.


Notable television and film work includes recording 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). When she is not performing, arranging, composing, or teaching with her boutique studio, Leggy Fish Violin Lessons, she is lending her talents to commercial work and has worked on commercials that include Facebook, Super Bowl 2019, LA Music Center, and nationally syndicated commercials for Facebook, Fruit of the Loom, Hewlett Packard, WEtv, and BainUltra.
She has collaborated with artists and bands in Phoenix, Boston, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles on albums and live shows and is a favorite for repeat work in studios across Los Angeles.


Nancy has worked with artists in varied genres from classical to pop to world to folk to rock including H.E.R., Cecilia Bastida, Jello Biafra from the Dead Kennedeys, Kishibashi, Alison Mosshart from The Kills, Linda Perry, James Williamson from Iggy and the Stooges, The George Cole Quintet, Guster, That Dog, Vaud and the Villains in either recording or live performance situations. See w​ww.stringsbynancy.com ​for her entire list of album credits and artist collaborations.


Major Los Angles studios worked at include:

Center Staging studios with Grammy recording for H.E.R.

EastWest studios with Chris Rondinella for demos

Eastwood Scoring Stage (Warner Brothers) with CMG Orchestra for 2019 Super Bowl promo with Magic Johnson

Elbow Studios with Kishi Bashi for the Sonderlust album  

Evergreen Stage with CMG Orchestra for Sencit Music trailer music  

Barbara Streisand Scoring Stage (Sony Pictures Studios) with CMG Orchestra for AIVA

Studio 606 (David Grohl's studio) with James Williamson, Jello Biafra and Alison Mosshart for Re-licked premiere

Swinghouse with Escalator Hill for Poplar Avenue album

Tangent Recording with CMG Orchestra for Paul Buckley's "There's Something In The Woods" trailer music

The Fortress studios with Kan Wakan for Moving On album

 
Skills:

Violin
Lowest note is G natural below middle C. Able to play up to 4 1/2 octaves with vibrato.


Viola
Lowest note is C natural, 1 octave below middle C. Able to play up to 3 1⁄2 octaves with vibrato.


Cello
Lowest note is C natural, 2 octaves below middle C. Able to play up to 3 octaves with vibrato.


● Ability to sight read music quickly (always send Nancy a copy of your chart at least 3-4 days prior)
● Vibrato-narrow and wide

● Excellent intonation

● Works quickly in sections and ability to execute punch ins accurately with same tonal expression.
● Ability to transpose quickly
● Ability to take it down or up an octave or two or three.
● Ability to create different tonal textures on the instruments including and not limited to sul tasto, ponticello, pizzicato, dynamic changes, etc.
● Ability to use pedals and software for effects if you would like to stray away from acoustic tones.
● Ability to think musically in various styles appropriate for your individual sound and project.
● Ability to choose the instrument appropriate for your individual sound and project.
● Ability to overdub accurately and musically with two different violins or viola, and cello and 3 bows or instruments that you provide.

Basic Recording Rates Recorded Remotely
You have the charts written out with musical notation and I record them exactly as you wrote them. To capture the best audio recording I can, I record string tracks with a professional sound engineer in their
 professional studio located here in Los Angeles.  I believe that I cannot replicate the quality and richness your recordings deserve with a home recording device and mics.


You must already have a chart or score, as this is a performance only rate. Minimum 2 hour block. Must allow a total of at least one 15 minute break per 2 hour block of time. Included is a 30 minute Recording Meeting by Skype or phone.


$175 for the first hour of recording. No travel charge necessary.

$150 for each additional hour of recording.


Recording Rates with Improvisation Recorded Remotely
I improvise an arrangement/solo at the session with your input in Recording Meeting.
You must already have rough track or basic melody/harmony progression. To capture the best audio recording I can, I record string tracks with a professional sound engineer in their professional studio located here in Los Angeles.  I believe that I cannot replicate the quality and richness your recordings deserve with a home recording device and mics. Minimum 2 hour block. Must allow a total of at least one 15 minute break per 2 hour block of time. Included is a 45 minute Recording Meeting by Skype or phone.


$225 for the first hour of recording. No travel charge necessary.

$200 for each additional hour of recording.

Basic Recording Rates Recorded In Your Studio
You have the charts written out with musical notation and I record them exactly as you wrote them. You must already have a chart or score, as this is a performance only rate. Minimum 2 hour block. Must allow a total of at least one 15 minute break per 2 hour block of time. Included is a 30 minute Recording Meeting by Skype or phone. Must also add the one time $50 flat travel rate for each session, or if beyond 2 hour total travel time from my location in Atwater Village, CA; additional travel rates will incur at the rate of $30 each hour.


$100 for the first hour of recording, Add one time travel charge.

$75 for each additional hour of recording.


Recording Rates with Improvisation Recorded In Your Studio
I improvise an arrangement/solo at the session with your input in Recording Meeting.
You must already have rough track or basic melody/harmony progression. Minimum 2 hour block. Must allow a total of at least one 15 minute break per 2 hour block of time. Included is a 45 minute Recording Meeting by Skype or phone. Must also add the one time $50 flat travel rate for each session, or if beyond 2 hour total travel time from my location in Atwater Village, CA; additional travel rates will incur at the rate of $30 each hour.


$150 for the first hour of recording. Add one time travel charge.

$125 for each additional hour of recording.

Custom String Arrangements/Orchestrations
These rates are in to be added to Basic Recording Rates above. I create a string arrangement or orchestration prior to your session with your input in Recording Meeting and record them at your session. Will provide published sheet music to give to you in case you would like to perform them live with string players. Nancy Kuo owns all crediting to arrangements.
You must already have an audio rough track or chart with basic song. You must include the minimum 2 hour performance block. Included is a 60 minute Recording Meeting by Skype or phone.


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$195 per song, up to 2 different parts (I can over dub these 2 parts as many times as you would like for full orchestrated effect).

​​●$390 per song, up to 4 different parts (I can overdub these 4 parts as many times as you would like for full orchestrated effect).

$780 per song ,up to 8 different parts (I can over dub these 8 parts as many times as you would like for full orchestrated effect).

 
Travel Rates
Only incurred if I travel to record in your studio. Ignore if you would like for me to record remotely. Includes gas and time traveled.
One time $50 flat travel rate for each session (2 hour round trip maximum) required for all recordings done aside from recordings done in Atwater Village, CA).
Additional travel fee at the rate of $30/hr.


Required Name Credit in Album, EP, or Song
● Name, “Nancy Kuo” must be credited in liner notes for all instruments played and/or arrangements or orchestrations created by Nancy Kuo.


Sample of Completed Recording
● I will send a snippet of the completed recording by video taken from my iPhone for your approval. If the recording is not to your liking, I can redo it but the additional time rate will be charged at the additional rate depending on your package.


Link To Completed Audio Files
● My audio engineer and I will send you a link to Dropbox with audio files. Files are backuped 3x, so there is no chance of file loss.


Payment
● I accept prepayment in full to block off my time/day at your request via secure credit card/debitcard payment on my website 

http://shop.leggyfishmusiclessons.com. Please note that there is a nominal credit card/debit card transaction with each transaction.
 

​​​​​Over 30 Years of Experience!
Non Union Los Angeles Professional Session Violinist, Violist and Cellist
Professional, Expressive, and Quality String Performance, Improvisation, and Arrangements on Your Song or

Album Within 2 Weeks In Your Recording Studio or Remotely In A Professional Studio Located in Atwater Village.


​To book and make a payment for sessions, travel to http://shop.leggyfishmusiclessons.com.


Strings By Nancy

​​​​​​Authentic, Bold, Lush, Articulate... 

   


​​​​​​​​Classical | Rock | Pop | Fiddle | World | Jazz | Electronic | Improvisation 
Multi String Instrumentalist:​ Violin,Viola and Cello  | String Arranging /Composition | Live Performance
Film and Commercial On set Coach​ | Music Instruction  | Musician Contracting Specialist for all events!