I'm thrilled to present my new tune "Impatient" which I recorded at home during the lockdown. Although I've written this to be played by a full band, the current circumstances have given me a chance to be creative and arrange it for just violin(s). For those interested in the technicalities, it's played on my 5 string violin and 4 string and there are generally 3 parts, playing at once, up to 4 occasionally! If you've enjoyed listening, do subscribe to my YouTube Channel and follow my on social media @violinrich.
I hope this post finds everyone well wherever you are. It is of course an extraordinary time and one which currently has no set timeframe. Speaking to friends and colleagues around the world, we are all aware that live music in it's traditional form is on hold for the foreseeable future, which presents a whole range of challenges. However, I know that despite the difficulties, many are keeping creative and finding their solace in art & music. I have been taking the opportunity to explore recording at home.
I'd love to share a couple of things which I am proud to have achieved in this time. The first, a collaboration with a great friend of mine Pete Lee. It's a beautiful tune that he wrote and we recorded together from the East and West of London. You can listen below.
Secondly, my last gig before everything was cancelled was with the Nicolas Meier World Group at Colchester Arts Centre. This gig was filmed and recorded and I'm very pleased that it was! It has resulted in a wonderful live album and some great videos, the first of which you can watch below. If you'd to listen to the live album, visit Nicolas' Website HERE
Please stay in touch over this time and if you would like to be made aware of any new releases or music, do follow my Instagram / Facebook pages.
Stay safe and thanks for your support.
Happy New Year to you all - a bit late I know but better late than never!
I'm looking forward to all of the music making that 2020 will be bringing, including bringing much of my own music to life I hope! I am finishing writing a number of pieces which I then intend to make an album with in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled!
I also have a number of concerts with bands over the coming months, so do check out my live page for info on those.
After a wonderful set of gigs in South France in September last year with Gabrielle Ducomble, we received a fantastic video of our set it Nimes which you can watch below.
I hope to see / hear from you over the coming year and I hope you have a fantastic year whatever you spend it doing!
It's been a busy Autumn of gigs, including a UK tour supporting the release of Nicolas Meier's new album "Peaceful". I also had a great time playing at the London Jazz Festival in November. Keep an eye out for more gigs on my social media pages and gigs page! A few pics below from a couple of the concerts.
I'm often getting asked about my violin bow at gigs / online from youtube and instagram. I'm so used to the bow now I forget that it is actually quite different looking to the standard bow.For those interested in it, It's a Carbon Fibre stick with synthetic hair, weighing much less than a traditional wood bow. The company is called 'Incredibow'.
In all honesty, I bought it as a back up and for doing outdoor festival gigs, but after playing with it for a while, I converted to using it all the time. I find it great for getting around the instrument and particularly for playing jazz. I have also never broken a single hair on it in over 3 years which is amazing compared to how many rehairs I used to have to get on my traditional bow!
You can check out the company here www.incredibow.com
I'd highly recommend having a go and at around $100, it's well worth a try!Thanks for reading and if you have any more questions, drop me a message!
It's been a busy few months and I'm very pleased to share a teaser of an upcoming album I have had the pleasure of playing on with the Nicholas Meier World Group. The album 'Peaceful' is to be released in September and we're touring throughout the Autumn.
Check out www.meiergroup.com for all dates and enjoy a preview of the album below!
I had a great time chatting to Rob Cope from 'The Jazz Podcast' about my recent release 'Hemma' and about lots of other string things. It's a fantastic podcast that speaks to a whole range of musicians across London and beyond so do give them a listen and subscribe to them. You can find their podcasts on Spotify, iTunes and you can take a listen to the interview HERE
Hi all - thanks for visiting. This is my new website and it's now all up and running - you can keep up to date with all my latest news and gig dates which I'll be updating. Also, don't forget to follow me on one of my social media for day to day news and videos!
Whilst your reading, I'd love to introduce you to 'HEMMA', a project I've been working on with Matt Hill. We've just released our first EP which you have a listen to below. We're also out on Spotify, Apple Music and all other major platforms!