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Musicians: Mitch Kopp, guitars, Jeff Deen, tabla, Halo & percussion, Vicki violin, loops etc.
Co Producers: Vicki Richards, Amitava Chatterjee
|2.||Trail Head (Berkshires)||3:15|
|8.||Searching The Night||4:15|
|9.||Driving till Dawn||3:18|
|10.||It Was Love||3:56|
|12.||Riding The Thermals (Everglades)||5:02|
|Violin, electric violin, processors, loops, string arrangements|
|Mitch Kopp||Guitars, loops|
|Jeff Deen||Tabla, halo, percussion|
|She Vanishes is Vicki Richards 5h recorded album under her name and Temple Street Music. The music is riveting, soothing, inspiring, healing, joyful, and is meant to inspire. In some places, the Tabla grooves are danceable and the music deeply moving. Transitions, Nature, & Love are the inspirations, and the results are sparkling. There’s a touch of American-flavored music on some tracks, and the velvet quality of Vicki’s violin sound moves from ethereal to earthy. The trio’s ensemble sensibilities illustrate fine musicianship honed over many years. “Seasoned artist” is a term that can be assigned to each remarkable player who is a leader, composer, and improviser in his/her own right.
The trio has played together since 2005, and is comprised of Vicki Richards on acoustic & electric violin, Mitch Kopp on guitars and Jeff Deen on Tabla & percussion. Mitch’s guitar drives the perpetual motion of the harmonic underpinning on more than half of the tracks. His harmonic two-handed tapping technique is reminiscent of innovative artists like Michael Hedges and Vicki Genfan. Jeff’s Tabla is an integral percussion instrument reflecting his training with Pandit Sharda Sahai in the classical music of North India. Newly designed percussion instruments like the Hapi and Halo are also featured. The trio continues to explore the landscape of musical beauty and poignancy together, and embrace new technologies to achieve the best of both acoustic and electronic enrichments for their musical destinations.
Vicki’s album features trios, duets, and solo tracks, interspersed throughout, that range from vibrant and energetic to that of a state of quiet with moving reveries. Throughout She Vanishes, you’ll hear musical elements of Americana (“Trailhead” — listen for a touch of A. Copeland), ragas from India (“The Embrace, The Kiss”), otherworldly sounds on the flying saucer-shaped Halo and Hapi. The solo violin track in “Riding the Thermals” features a live session of Vicki creating multiple live loops, where she dives into the bass register rhythmically and accompanies it with harmony lines above, and adds in a sprinkle of winged fancy in her bow arm. Vicki’s string arrangements on “She Vanishes” and “Ocean Sun” are remarkable in creating a gentle interweaving, reflecting her early history as an orchestral player.
She Vanishes is unique, energized, and mostly acoustic music. Some tracks have unique enhancements which alter preconceived notions about what a violin “should’ sound like. The vision or the telling of “Her Story” is Vicki’s, and reflects her years of music making in the mediums of Classical North Indian, Classical Music and Electric Violin. With heralded musician and co-producer, Amitava Chatterjee, and engineer Peter Yianilos, they have made quite a few excellent records together over the past 20 years, as they were all part of a collaborative group of musicians in South Florida, including Robert Thomas Jr. (Weather Report/Zawinul Syndicate) back in the days of Criteria Studios.
Except for Vicki’s solo pieces, all songs are co written
Vicki Richards is a BMI artist
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Reviews for “She Vanishes”
released Feb 14, 2011, 2011 by Temple Street Music, Inc.
“To say “thank you” to Vicki Richards, Mitch Kopp and Jeff Dean for their exquisite offering “She Vanishes,” pales in comparison to the appreciation that I feel, or to the recognition these artists deserve for producing a masterpiece.
Although I am not a musician, I understand music. I understand that while listening to “She Vanishes” and my heart opens / I begin to cry … that I am witnessing the highest level of this art.
While listening to Ms. Richard’s Violin playing it was difficult to discern “if she was playing the Violin or the Violin was playing her”. A complete and beautiful merger of instruments …
Elise / New York
listening to “She Vanishes” CD by Vicki Richards (violin, electric violin, processors, loops, string arrangements) an incredible violinist and friend … Bravo Vicki … it is beautiful as is all your music (also on the CD Mitch Koop: guitar & loops, Jeff Dean: tabla, percussion & halo)
Vicki Richards very generously credits her co-musicians, Mitch Kopp and Jeff Dean, as co-composers of the music on “She Vanishes;”. She is best known in the music world as an Indian violinist who has fused her Indian skills with her knowledge of Western music to produce a unique fusion. Misters Kopp and Dean are fine composers in their own right.
Her four earlier CDs were unfortunately buried in the pigeonhole of “new age music,” as this one is probably doomed to be as well. It isn’t that there aren’t some other fine composers who are also mistakenly put in this category, since they too don’t easily fit into any other. It’s just that there are so many other CDs which are labeled “new age” that are nothing more than someone who knows virtually nothing at all about music, who noodles about on his electric organ playing with the special effects buttons, and then gives his meandering nonsense quasi-mystical titles that are supposed to aid the listener in their meditation practice, or provide appropriate background music for a massage.
The point is, Ms Richards’ new release is a unique masterpiece. It does not easily fall into any category, but if I were to place it in one, it would be jazz. It is cool, relaxing jazz to be sure; but it is also sensual, sultry and subtly stimulating—even healing. The harmonic structures are often modal, like Indian music, and some of the melodies are also derived from Indian melodies; but most are not readily recognizable as Indian. They are truly original.
From the point of view of Western classical music, it is romantic, in that it is mostly programmatic, and attempts to describe either the beauty of nature (e.g. “Trail Head (Berkshires”)), or to describe an inner state, or even inner journey (e.g. “Driving Till Dawn”), much like a Chopin Ballade. From the point of view of Indian music, on the other hand, these are Ragas, in that they all intend to color the emotions, and succeed magnificently in doing so.
It is a shame that releases like this don’t receive adequate airplay in virtually any market anywhere. The fact that they don’t fit neatly into one of the recording industry’s prescribed pigeonholes, means that the radio stations that specialize in those pigeonholes rarely get to even hear such recordings, much less give them any air time. If there are any program directors out there reading this, perhaps at a university radio station, or jazz station, I would strongly encourage you to give this CD a listen. It fits in that most rare and wonderful of all pigeonholes: beautiful.
Dear Vicki… not only are you a great violinist but a magnificent musician/composer !!!
I will definitely be playing your new masterpiece in my waiting room, who my patients claim it’s the most peaceful place to put their thoughts together while listening to the pleasant sounds of your music. JP, M.D., Miami FL Feb 2011
Haven’t heard about her in a long time, but these videos make it clear that she’s still “got it,” and in a beautiful way.
Music Professor at Univ of Miami, School of Music Feb 2011