co-founded For the Love of Music, an ensemble that includes his long-time
friend and fellow Meadowmount School of Music
alum, violist Robert Vernon.
Richard wrote his “Rhapsody for Viola and Orchestra” for
Robert, on a commission from the Cleveland Orchestra, who premiered it on
26th April 2007.
Other compositions by Richard include the Aesop-influenced “Androcles and the Lion” and “The Tortoise
and the Hare”.
A member of
Concerned Musicians of Local 802, a group of musicians who have—well,
concerns—Richard has never been afraid to experiment and is not
averse to programming strings when the need arises. His “Culmination 1 for Solo
Viola, Orchestra, and Synthesizers”, for which he was awarded Special
Distinction by the ASCAP foundation, is a prime example.
He has also
proved himself invaluable in the recording studio, laying down tracks with
a laundry list of musical acts too vast to list in toto,
but including Patti Austin, Angela Bofill, Harry Connick, Jr., Deodato,
Expose, Maynard Ferguson, Astrud Gilberto, Cissy Houston, Kimiko Itoh, Joe Jackson, B.B. King, Peggy Lee, Van McCoy,
Aaron Neville, Sinead O’Connor, John Pizzarelli,
Rihanna, Carly Simon,
Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, James Taylor, Luther Vandross,
and Vanessa Williams.
he has worked on include Baby Boy,
Flirting with Disaster, Mo’ Better Blues, Postcards from America, Powaqqatsi, The Specialist, Ulee’s Gold, and The Wiz. He also
composed the soundtracks of Asylum,
Clouds of Magellan, and Inconceivable, and in 2006 he was
tapped to score the forthcoming romantic comedy, April in December.
Richard’s latest project may be his most ambitious to
date: an opera inspired by The
Van McCoy recordings
The Shuffle (Van McCoy)
That’s the Joint (Richard Harris/Van McCoy)
Frank Sinatra recordings
That's What God Looks Like To Me (Stan Irvin/Lan
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Theme from "New York, New York" (Fred Ebb/John Kander)
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