About Nivo Deux

About the band, Nivo Deux, and it's two core members, Shannon Kennedy and U-Nam.


NiVO DEUX (pronounced nee-voh doo) is a French-American duo based in Los Angeles. The band's 80's New Wave and Electro-Pop influences are apparent, but the band also hints at the influence of the Smooth Jazz, Funk, Rock FM, Electropop, and Nu-Disco styles in their music. The group's core members comprise of Platinum French R&B/Pop Producer and Chart-Topping Guitarist U-Nam and up and coming Saxophonist and Vocalist Shannon Kennedy.

NiVO DEUX's music continues in the tradition of a number of extraordinary bands such as Blondie, New Order, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, Level 42, Depeche Mode, Chic, Foreigner and even David Sanborn and George Howard. Their origins and style may seem eclectic but the clever ways in which they bring together these diverse influences is what makes their music interesting and even addictive.

The band's name, NiVO DEUX is derived from the French translation of "Level 2" (the correct French spelling is Niveau Deux). The name pays homage to one of the duo's favorite bands, Level 42. NiVO DEUX is the perfect marriage of 80's Pop, Smooth Jazz and Electro-Funk, organized by a husband and wife duo.

Endorsements & Setups


U-Nam: Guitars, Bass, Keyboards and Production

Accomplished producer, composer and guitarist U-Nam is best known for his #1 hit "Street Life" on the US Billboard charts in 2007. But it isn't just in Smooth Jazz that he has proven himself as a force to be reckoned with, he is also well-known as a respected songwriter and producer in France in the Pop and R&B genres having worked with artists such as Barry White, MC Solaar and more.

His latest solo release, Weekend in LA: A Tribute to George Benson has reached the #1 position on Amazon US in the Neo-Soul and Smooth Jazz categories and #1 on iTunes for Jazz in Japan. The album features stars including Patrice Rushen, Phil Perry, Stockley Williams, George Duke, Marcus Miller, et al.

U-Nam is also currently a part of the Jazz Fusion group Grafitti with Haakon Graf, Gary Grainger, and Dennis Chambers. U-Nam has had the opportunity to perform in Russia, Dubai, and tour the US and Europe as part of major festivals.

U-Nam currently endorses La Bella Strings, Ibanez Guitars, Kenkase Pick Cases and Arturia. Visit UnamMusic.com for more information.


Shannon Kennedy: saxophones, flutes and vocals
Creating an accomplished reputation in an ever-expanding array of musical genres, Shannon Kennedy is recognized as an extraordinarily multi-faceted artist, composer, producer, performer, and recording artist.

Primarily recognized as a ‘powerhouse saxophonist’ throughout Southern California, Kennedy made her international debut performing on the 2007 Smooth Jazz Cruise with some of Smooth Jazz’s best-known performers – Brian Culberston, Craig Chaquico, Boney James, Nick Colionne, Candy Dulfer, and Michael Lington. Since she has toured and performed with 10,000 Maniacs, Peter White, and has made an appearance on the television series America’s Got Talent.

Additionally, Shannon Kennedy has produced and recorded several solo projects and she released her fifth full album, Behind Your Eyes. Shannon currently endorses Rico Reeds, BG France, Rheuben Allen Saxophones, Kenkase Reed Cases and Beechler Mouthpieces. Visit Shannon-Kennedy.com for more information.