Nord Artist Isamu McGregor
I need a keyboard that displays versatility while maintaining a high level of quality, and the Nord Electro delivers just that. The Wurly and Clavinet patches are both stellar, and the Rhodes options are second to none. The Hammond B3 option is in a league of its own, with the intuitive digital drawbar system. I really enjoy the variety of sounds that I am able to easily create with the organ patch. I love the semi-weighted feel of the keys, and the overall interface is extremely user-friendly. But my favorite part of this keyboard is the size! It's compact and easy to transport, but it hasn't sacrificed any quality in sound or feel. Having added the Nord Lead to my collection, I'm looking forward to creating music with an all-red keyboard rack. I'm not kidding when I call my Nord the "Ferrari" of keyboards! They are a head above the rest.”
Isamu talks about Nord:
Nord Electro, Nord Lead
"People often ask Isamu if he has a favorite style of music to play. Truth be told, what he really enjoys is being able to jump around between genres that are entirely different from one another. The variety of his musical schedule keeps things sounding fresh to his ears, and that's what excites him the most."
Whether he is playing hip hop with the legendary GZA from Wu-Tang Clan, pop music with platinum-selling recording artist Colbie Caillat, house/dance music with internationally-renowned Tortured Soul or progressive jazz fusion with drum icon Virgil Donati, it is clear that NYC-based pianist/keyboardist Isamu McGregor's versatility has helped him to become an extremely in-demand musician/MD around the globe. Described as "a pianist for the new generation" (Tony Moreno) and a "jazz pianist and keyboard player of the first order" (LiveUnsigned.com), Isamu leads or MD's a number of projects while maintaining a busy performance schedule as a sideman.
Over the years, he has had the good fortune to perform with a "dizzying variety of collaborators" (theJazzMann.com), including Patti Austin, Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead), Bennie Maupin, Rain Pryor (Fried Chicken & Latkes), Wayne Krantz, Chris Potter, Ari Hoenig, Keith Carlock, Lenny Pickett, The Midtown Men, Seamus Blake, Larry Koonse, Carrie Manolakos, Marko Djordjevic, Anthony Crawford, Evan Marien, Felix Pastorius, Justin Brown, Panagiotis Andreou and many more.
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