Since beginning his career at age 15, Nate Omdal has accumulated a wealth of musical and artistic knowledge that has aided him in becoming one of the Pacific Northwest’s most in demand bassists. Like many young musicians his age, Nate began taking music seriously while enrolled in his local high school music program, but what separated him at that early stage was his passion for arranging and orchestration. This curiousity led him to co-found a 12-piece big band, which performed all over the Olympic Penninsula.
As well as a substantial musical talent, Nate also has a natural ability with many classical and digital graphic art mediums. After high school, Nate was courted by Cornish College of the Arts with open invitations to study in either the Fine Art, Graphic Design or Music departments. Nate chose to study music, and had the supreme priveldge of studying the acoustic bass with Chuck Deardorf and Ron Simon, as well as concentrated studies with Denney Goodhew, Julian Priester and Randy Halberstadt. While at Cornish, Nate was elected Student Representative to the Department Chair, received the Hadley Caliman Merit Scholarship, and was nominated for an Earshot! Magazine Golden Ear Award for his participation with The Qhromatics featuring Denney Goodhew.
After Cornish Nate has continued to live and work in Seattle, performing in various groups for many of Seattle’s fine public and private events. In 2007 he co-founded an independent record label to support new and emerging northwest artists. In February of 2010, Nate as awarded a smART Ventures grant from the Seattle Mayors Office of Film and Music to produce a concert featuring the music of film composer Ennio Morricone. (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Untouchables) Most recently Nate co-founded a non-profit (501-C3) with the Seattle-based arts management company Shunpike, to help commission new jazz compositions and collaborations.