Nathan Lane is a multifaceted musician, arranger and composer whose work runs the gamut from performance art to commercial arrangements to a solo project as the bilingual neo-soul artist Gringodeputa. A native of Kansas City, Nathan is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he has resided for over a decade. 

A professional performer, Nathan has achieved the incredible feat of making most of his income from music. As a jazz and commercial trombone player, he has played with noted figures in Argentine music, including Ruben Rada, Willie Crook, and, even, (technically) Charly Garcia, and performed at the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival and the Colón Theater. Nathan is equally proud of his work in the trenches touring remote provinces with cumbia groups, playing extended sets at salsa clubs at ungodly hours in the morning and rapping for crowds at nightclubs after a drink or two. As an arranger, he has created works for big bands, commercial horn lines and symphonic orchestra, in addition to writing and recording his solo album, Suicide Note, as Gringodeputa. 

Nathan cut his teeth as a musician in the Shawnee Mission public schools, taking up the trombone in the fifth grade after years of puttering on the piano. He studied with members of the Kansas City Symphony, along with celebrated jazz professionals like Bobby Watson, Wynton Marsalis, and Vincent Gardner. As a member of Shawnee Mission East’s Blue Knights jazz band, he received a Distinguished Soloist award for his performance at the Essentially Ellington contest at Lincoln Center. 

As a music and anthropology student at Lawrence University, Nathan studied with the distinguished composer and jazz pedagogue Fred Sturm and took masterclasses from Bobby McFerrin, Wycliffe Gordon, and Nate Smith. Broadening his lifelong interest in making noise, Nathan also studied berimbau, didgeridoo, and the performative martial art, capoeira, and was further radicalized through exposure to the ideas of Deep Listening. 

While at Lawrence, Nathan studied abroad in Buenos Aires, where Nathan began gigging as a professional trombone player. Fascinated with Argentine folk music, tango and expanding his musical perspectives, Nathan returned to Lawrence University convinced of his mission in music, took a year-long course with Fred in jazz composition and gave a senior recital where he performed avant garde music alongside traditional jazz and classical repertoire and Argentine folk music. He was also the subject of some controversy over a solo at his final jazz combo recital which “devolved into theater.” 

He has put aside trombone playing since the pandemic to focus on piano playing and production; however, he still occasionally devolves into theater. 

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