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Novog and her viola have been heard and seen on recordings, films and
concert stages all over the world. She is a top session musician,
with a long list of credits including solos on Prince's "Purple
Rain" and "Raspberry Beret," The Doobie Brothers' "Black
Water", and album appearances for such diverse artists as Bonnie
Raitt, Terrance Trent D'Arby, Michael Jackson, 10,000 Maniacs, Cher,
James Taylor, Spinal Tap, Madonna, Tom Petty and Tangerine Dream. Her
performing credits include such names as Frank Zappa, The Doobie Brothers,
Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Warnes. To see Novi's full
discography, clic here.
A valley girl from North Hollywood, CA, Novi began playing piano at age four.
When she was eight, she took up the violin, then moved on to viola. As
part of the American Youth Symphony, Novi studied under Mehli Mehta, then
attended California Institute of the Arts on scholarship under Louis Kievman,
where she received the American String Teachers Award. In addition to her
work in viola and piano, she studied composition at Cal Arts under Leonard
Stein and Alan Chaplin.
Throughout her childhood Novi played and recorded music with her cousin, Lauren
Wood. Their first album was on the Musicor Label, then they moved on to
Warner Brothers as CHUNKY, NOVI AND ERNIE. (To further check out CHUNKY,
NOVI AND ERNIE or to purchase their CD's, visit LaurenWood.com).
Novi and Lauren still continue their lifelong musical relationship today.
Novi has recorded several albums with her own groups, including four discs
with instrumental group FREEWAY PHILHARMONIC (on the Sheffield Lab and
Spindletop labels) and an album with rock group Sumner on the Elektra/Asylum
label. She toured extensively with both groups.
Larry Tuttle and The Stick were on a collision course from the very start.
It was a perfect fit. Growing up in Seattle, Washington, Larry Tuttle discovered
the string bass at age nine and embarked on a childhood saturated in music,
playing in school orchestras, All-City orchestras, Youth Symphonies, college
symphonies, and just about every kind of ensemble imaginable. Larry studied
classically at the University of Washington as a string bass major under
James Harnett (principal bass - Seattle Symphony) as well as taking extensive
private study with such notables as Ron Simon, Ring Warner and Oscar Zimmerman.
A short study course in ear-training with jazz great Gary Peacock was a
revelation, opening his ears to jazz and helping to develop deep listening
skills and musical philosophy. Larry played principal bass for a summer
at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, as well as sitting in with the
Seattle Symphony as an honor student.
Discovering the electric bass and progressive rock bands such as Yes, ELP and
Gentle Giant while in high school, Larry went on to play for ten years
with rock group "Russia", moving to Los Angeles and recording
two albums for Warner Bros. Records.
After the Russia years, looking to expand his musical choices, he added The
Stick to his repertoire of instruments. It was a life-changing move. The
Stick opened up entire vistas of musical expression. As a new instrument
with plenty of untapped potential, it offered both a challenge and an opportunity
for creating a totally unique musical identity. The Stick's two-handed
playing technique and contrapuntal sound also made it an ideal instrument
for expression as a composer. For
more info on The Stick, clic here.
FREEWAY PHILHARMONIC, Larry and Novi's instrumental group through the late
80's and 90's, recorded four CD's for the Spindletop and Sheffield Lab
PHILHARMONIC toured throughout the United States and Canada, as Larry introduced
The Stick to audiences everywhere. In 1999, Larry recorded "THROUGH
THE GATES", a CD of solos performed on The Stick.