Oct 17, 2012 acoustic music, ambient music, electric violin, global fusion music, healing music, music for relaxation, new music, News, relaxing music, She Vanishes, violin guitar music, violin music, world fusion
Vicki Richards, Mitch Kopp & Jeff Deen- 4th CHAKRA
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.. .. .. .. At the age of nine, she began playing in her public school’s instrumental program. Her musical father noticed her passion for music and encouraged her to continue. By the time she turned fourteen, Vicki Richards decided that being a professional musician was her life’s calling. A unique talent, Vicki has developed a distinctive new style of playing the violin, taking bowing and articulation from her “western” classical training, smooth vocal style glissandos from her North Indian classical music immersion and combining these with the driving hand drum rhythms of contemporary and ancient world music.
At the age of nineteen, Vicki was well on her way to establishing her professional status as a classical violinist. She had toured Europe, taken master classes with Joseph Gingold at Indiana University and become the youngest member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. Curious and restless, she listened intently to jazz contemporaries including Jan Hammer, John McLaughlin, Airto, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.
Her love for the avant guarde scene continued to blossom and in 1976 she commissioned a custom-built, solid body electric violin with quadraphonic pick-ups and plugged it into a wah-wah pedal and a Fender amp. Uncomfortable with jazz’s approach to harmonic improvisation, she became intrigued with the rhythmical and classical improvisational methods of the Banaras tabla tradition.
Vicki was awarded a Professional Development Grant from the America Institute of Indian Studies (Univ of Chicago) in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution which enabled her to spend many months in Banaras, India where she experienced total immersion in the culture and classical traditions of the Hindustani violin under the guidance of violin master Smt. Dr. N. Rajam and sitar virtuoso Sri Amar Nath Misra.
Upon her return from the East, she re-settled in New York City for a short time, sharing the stage with improvisers such as Paul McCandless of Oregon and Dave Samuels of Spyro Gyra and working as a full time member of the American Jewish Congress’ New Music Ensemble. She also appeared as a soloist playing Indian classical violin at Carnegie Recital Hall, catching the attention of a world-renowned New York Times critic and establishing herself as one of the few Westerners recognized as legitimate exponents of pure Indian classical tradition.
In 1981, her intense interest in rhythm led to a close collaboration with Robert Thomas Jr. of Weather Report the Zawinul Syndicate) fame. She also began melodic and harmonic collaboration with Amitava Chatterjee, an electric guitarist and sitarist with a shared vision of improvisation using both Eastern and Western elements. Bobby’s compelling hand drumming and Amit’s melodic and harmonic concepts form the perfect grid over which Vicki works her technical and melodic wizardry. Vicki’s association with Bobby and Amit continues to this day.
In South Florida collaborations have included Frank Carmelitano, Statoshi Takeishi, Jean Balduc & many more players.
Currently her music colleagues also include Jeff Deen (tabla & percussion), Mitch Kopp (guitars), Layne Redmond, Jorge Alfano (multiinstrumentalist) & Sean Dibble (djembe, electric and acoustic drums)
Join in, online or on radio, with Jeff Deen and me this Saturday afternoon. We’ll be playing live, playing some tracks from She Vanishes and chatting with the host during this hour of World Music.
Click or copy this link- http://wvum.org/index.php/blog/article/saturday_23rd_june_on_caravan_3-5_pm_ragas_and_rhythms_by_vicky_richar/
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Raga demo on WLRN Sept 18, 2011 Vick & jeff
Sept 24th evening, Miami, FL
” Earthdance”, performance in duet with Jeff Deen
website for info: http://earthdancemiami.com/earthdance/Home.html
April 4th, Monday…She Vanishes will be featured CD of the Month on Echoes radio with host John Diliberto 10PM
The interview will broadcast sometime this month. Check back for updates.
1.Here is where to find local stations: http://www.echoes.org/stattime.html
2.You can also listen to those stations streams when they air the show
3.Listeners can hear it on-line anytime but they have to be subscribers: http://echoes.org/online-oneweektrial.html
Getting all this support feels wonderful! You know that the life of a musician is limitless in some ways and very limited in others.
When we receive Recognition, we’ve been heard.
When we receive Respect, we have been Heard!
When we connect to others via these vibrations, called notes and tones, we have shared Love.
And that’s what’s most important. Especially in these tumultuous times.
Exciting News: April 4th. It’s the kick off to launch my latest recording She Vanishes. Jeff Deen &* Mitch Kopp complete the trio . This is great exposure to many followers of this long running show. Hope you’ll tune in!
The time varies from station to station. Here is where to find local stations: http://www.echoes.org/stattime.html
You can also listen to those stations streams when they air the show.
Also, listeners can hear it on-line anytime but you have to be subscribers: http://echoes.org/online-oneweektrial.html
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The excitement continues…For my upcoming She Vanishes recording. The cardboard CD packaging I asked for is good for the environment but takes longer to process. The packaged discs are promised by Feb 1st. Early availablility in Great Barrington. MA only.
Be sure to contact me after Jan 31st to be one of the first to purchase the new disc. This recording won’t be physically available on iTunes, my cart, Amazon, CD Baby for a few weeks later. You can find the digital downloads first on my website via OM. Later on the major sites.
It’s such a long process to get this whole recording finished. Over the years I seem to forget that the details are almost endless.
Kind of like having children-After a while you forget all the work involved and just enjoy them. This will be my 5th recording made between 1990-2011- 21years. A couple cassettes were made in the late 1980s. My body of work. Hope you enjoy the music!
Tags: acoustic instruments, acoustic music, electric violin, gentle music, Global Fusion Music, guitar, Halo, JEan Luc Ponty, Jeff Deen, meditation music, Michael Hedges, Mitch Kopp, New Age Music, solo violin, tabla, Vicki Richards, violin music
What a night it was in Miami, Nov 21st! Miami String Project played “Rounds” which rocked the church! The energy and American nature I felt would also dovetail into Trailhead which has Aaron Copeland quotes. They were a very tough act to follow!
It takes such dedication to become a musician, and the years…so worth supporting!
With our trios, Jeff, Mitch & Jorge…always blissful and a joy. Friends, family, music ..what a great gathering under the auspices of CD Releases. Carmen Cecelia with lighted hoops, Ken’s photos….a grand evening. Peter & Mike recording & live engineers, children sprinkled in the audience. Klara, almost 100 years old came.
It Takes A Village to make all the music come together to get to audience ears.Thank you all for being in the Village!
(Somehow the Herald chose to not list our event & we didn’t miss out on a good word of mouth crowd.)
****Miriam has done amazing work in the community for our young string players.
Watch for the official release of She Vanishes in late Dec!