Bio Update 2014

Vicki Richards is a musician/violinist, composer and improviser who is classically trained in 2 traditions. Ms Richards appears in a number of publications highlighting her place in history as a musical pioneer, particularly in the fusion of East Meets West. She was one of the first violinists to use both acoustic and electric violin processors.

Her studies in Classical European music and Indian Ragas have made her one of the most unique fusion musicians with access to a wide aural palette. She’s has been plugged in and globally connected in music for many decades.

Her 5th studio recording, She Vanishes, was released in 2011and is the latest realization of a soundscape that is based in world fusion motifs and classically-tinged melodies. Public Radio airplay and glowing reviews document her life through music.

In the past few years with local and national dance events Ms Richards was increasingly known as a naturalist musician. She improvises while incorporating the music from the natural world (Everglades) with her field recordings.

Some of her colleagues in concert and on recordings include Robert Thomas Jr & Amitava Chatterjee. (former members of Weather Report), Layne Redmond, Steve Gorn, Steve Roach, Satoshi Takeishi and Jorge Alfano.  A number of You Tube videos are in duet with tablist and percussionist Jeff Deen.

Important venues include Sivananda Ashrams, Kripalu, Carnegie Hall, University Concert Halls, Temples, Churches, Health and Healing Support Centers.
Updated Bio 2014

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Indian Music Foundation, Miami Festival Proposal early 1980s

Indian Music Foundation, Miami Festival Proposal early 1980s

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National Water Dance Miami, Arts for Environmental Advocacy

The Deering Estate 4PM  April 12th   2014  come at 3:45 for a little extra music
30 minute program
Link:  http://se.nationalwaterdance.org/pages/event2014
Vicki Richards  and Jeff Deen accompany 4 dance companies. Part of a 30 dance company simultaneous and streaming event.
Arts for the Environment….on Biscayne Bay
New World School Choir sings   “Cloudburst”

OBJECTIVES

  • Experiencing the power of dance to effect social change
  • Focusing on the need to create a national “water ethic”
  • Using the arts to build community
  • Bringing attention to the importance of arts in education

On April 12, 2014, National Water Dance is an evolution of the 2011 Florida Waterways Dance Project, a statewide, simultaneous, site-specific, performance presented at various water sites around Florida and live streamed on the Internet.

The premise for this project is to bring attention to environmental issues, specifically water, by creating community awareness through the arts. Every state, county, town in the US has a water issue whether it is drought, pollution, overuse etc. Each location will identify the most significant water issue affecting their community and through the creation of the site-specific performance event bring attention to their specific issue.

With KPD at Pinecrest Gardens Feb 1 & 2, 2014 Excerpts from repertory “Grit”, “Dance (4) 8”, “Heaven” and live music by “Temporal Anomaly” Featuring Vicki Richards (violin) Robert Thomas Jr. (percussion and beats)

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Excerpts from repertory “Grit”, “Dance (4) 8”, “Heaven” and live music by “Temporal Anomaly” Featuring Vicki Richards (violin) Robert Thomas Jr. (percussion and beats)

 

 

Temple Beth Am, Friday Nov 1, 2013

Pre Service at 5:30PM on this first Friday in November-rhythm and entrainment plus a brief history of us and Indian Music.
During the Service 6-7, we play Raga for a special meditation.
This evening is a an open invitation to the community. Come and enjoy with us at Temple Beth Am, “The House of The People”
We are honored to be part of this service and it is Free to all.
Join us, bring your rhythmic self. Jeff is supplying drums and guiding the group.
With Cantor Nelson we will be creating a special musical segment that will be fun and includes you!

Address:  5950 N. KENDALL DRIVE, PINECREST, FL 33156 • 305.667.6667

National Water Dance April 12, 2014 at The Deering Estate 4PM

http://nationalwaterdance.org/index.php

Indian Music Performance, “Genres of the World”, FIU Sept 22, 6:00PM

Jeff Deen, tabla and I will play Indian Music for a portion of this event.  Really looking forward to presenting this ancient yet, very moving, classical music to a new audience.  Hope to see you there!
At the Wertheim Concert Hall

Indian Music, Coconut Grove Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

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Performance with KPD April 11 & 12, 2013

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Playing in duet with Mitch at Books & Books, Gables Nov 8, 9-11PM

Having some fun, in duet, at Books & Books this Thursday night. Violin (with electronics) and Guitar (finger tapped, looped)…a bit different than what you’d expect from those 2 instruments.

It’s Books & Books 30th year Anniversary Week. It’s free : )