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

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

zenvillageSM

Performance for Arts At St Johns- Nov 25, 2012 2 -4 PM

Vicki Richards, Mitch Kopp & Jeff Deen- 4th CHAKRA

 

History in Music

Here’s a little more info about my evolution and roots:

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 (multi instrumentalist)

Playing and speaking on Radio WVUM Sat 6/23/12 3-4PM

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.
90.5 FM

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/

 

 

 

Raga on Radio for Earthdance 9/18/2011

http://www.youtube.com/user/folkna1234#p/u/0/ePuFAracgLM

Raga demo on WLRN Sept 18, 2011 Vick & jeff

Earthdance-We are playing Sept 24th

Sept 24th evening, Miami, FL

” Earthdance”, performance in duet with Jeff Deen

website for info: http://earthdancemiami.com/earthdance/Home.html

 

She Vanishes CD featured & launched on Echoes April 4th, 10 PM

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

 

 

On the Day of She Vanishes Review by John Diliberto (((Echoes))) radio

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.