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)

” MUSIC IS….” CD Release Party-July 1, 2012

Music Is… CD release party — 7PM ’til Midnight @ Moksha
Sunday, July 1, 2012  ……….7:00pm until 12:15am
  • Moksha Family Artist Collective 228 NE 59 ST Miami
 featuring the world premiere performance of “The Music Is… Project”

Buffalo Brown – Guitar & Vocals
Vicki Richards – Violin
Mitch Kopp – Bass & Guitar
Sean Edelson – Mandolin, Guitar, Bass, & Vocals
Sean Dibble – Drums, Percussion, Electronics & Vocals
Ulysses Perez – Drums, Percussion, Electronics & Vocals
and Jose Javier (J.J.) Freire Drums and Percussion
plus special guests Channing Griggs – Clarinet, Sax, Flute & Vocals
Slippery Tim – Trombone ——-
& surprise guests
Swing From the Hip ——-
Digital Caveman
Drum Circle/Dancing/Hooping/Spinning by the fire out back

$2 suggested donation at the door – that’s right TWO $ SUGGESTED Donation

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.
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“Echoes” Interview with John Diliberto April 4th

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!

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You can also listen to those stations streams when they air the show.

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She Vanishes Review

Review: “She Vanishes” by Vicki Richards

released Jan 31, 2011 by Temple Street Music, Inc.

Vicki Richards very generously credits her co-musicians, Mitch Kopp and Jeff Dean, as co-composers of the music on “She Vanishes;” but make no mistake, this is almost entirely her effort. 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; but anyone who Know Ms Richards’ work will recognize this offering as primarily hers.

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. I can’t imagine such works of so-called “music” helping me do much of anything except maybe get rid of some unwanted food.

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.


She Vanishes…New Recording…review

This just in for the special 2 song Benefit Release  CD of She Vanishes (expecting the whole CD later this month!)

“To say “thank you” to VickieRichards, 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 …

Thank you,

Elise / New York

“Sound Release” A New CD Performance & Benefit For Miami String Project

Miami String Project Website: Facebook Event:


Violinist Vicki Richards returns to Miami to lead Benefit Concert for the Miami String Project

Violinist/Composer/Improviser Vicki Richards returns to South Florida with her very accomplished musicians to lead a CD Release/Benefit concert entitled “Sound Release” on November 21, 2010 at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 6:00pm. The event celebrates the culmination of 3 years of work in creating her ensemble’s newest album, “She Vanishes”, and proceeds will benefit the Miami String Project, Miami’s premier teen string ensemble.

Vicki’s new album, “She Vanishes”, to be released December 15th, 2010, includes Mitch Kopp (Guitars & Loops), Jorge Alfano (Multi instrumentalist including instruments from Japan and South America), and Jeff Deen (Tabla, Hand Percussion, and Hapi drum). Together they comprise two trios with two and more CDs available at the show. The music is mostly acoustic, with light effects and is truly a global fusion, ragesque, ambient, and inspiring.

Vicki’s music has been reviewed in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Jazz Times, Alternative Press, and Billboard’s Top 100 Progressive recordings. She will also be performing on WLRN Radio on the afternoon of Nov 14th on the Michael Stock show.

Jorge Alfano, leader of the “Mirage” trio, plays many different instruments from around the world, his specialty being flutes and stringed instruments. His passion for world music led him to work with great musicians of all traditions, and to study with great Masters. As a soloist, Jorge has recorded many albums of world music, both as a performer and a producer. His new album release is called Nectar (more information at Mr. Alfano also recently performed for His Holiness the 14th DALAI LAMA of Tibet.

Helping the Miami String Project is especially important for Vicki because she first learned to play violin in a public school system, many of which are now cutting their Arts budgets. Music needs patronage these days and opportunities must be made to support our budding young musicians. To that end, a portion of the door receipts will be donated to the Miami String Project. Also, a small collection of Photos by Ken Pomerance, whose art is displayed on the cover of “She Vanishes”, will be on display at the concert.

Suggested donation will be $15 at the door. University student price will be $8 with their ID, and students under 18 will get in free.

Date: Nov 21st, 2010 Time: 6pm – 7:30pm Location: Unitarian Universalist Church Address: 7701 SW 76 Ave, South Miami, off Sunset Dr, just East of the Palmetto Expressway

Ensemble photos for “She Vanishes” by Elizabeth Russell

Cover of “She Vanishes”-Kenny Pomerance of Mr. Clean Photography

Ken will have a small collection of his photographs on display

For more info:  blog

New recording “Nectar”

Just had a new recording come out that was in progress for 3 years. It’s Jorge Alfano’s “Nectar”. There a couple of very sweet cuts, plus all the musical diversity & artistry in playing and producing he brings in. Jeff Deen brings tabla, set, Hapi and much much more.
Title track Nectar ….I think the love is palpable. We recorded first take, sat back and found it was so complete. We were stunned and intoxicated by the music, in that moment. Magic moments in music and spirit!
That 3 yr period …they waited until I recovered from one surgery after the next. From the physical and the emotional of sep/divorce, to the next, the long chemo..
It’s very meaningful to me that I kept getting back up and rising to play.
From Chumba Wumba : “I get knocked down but I get up again. Ain’t never gonna keep me down” (repeat)
That they were there to encourage, drive me to play, bring me in to play for the making of the healing medicine sand mandala by Tibetan Monks in Miami. It all helped keep me going. That’s not on the album jacket….it’s the inside story of healing with music and love. Prayer and friends.