My student and friend Andrew Boxill wrote a beautiful tune that I will be recording later this year for my upcoming album. I wanted to capture his performance of his composition, so I grabbed a camera.
Please forgive the shaky audio quality and the rough camera-work. I love this piece, and I love Andrew’s performance. Enjoy!
Although it may seem as though it is just fun & games, recording a piece of music is actually a vital part of the creative process. In order to get a quality recording, students must:
- play accurately and in-time with a metronome
- consider phrasing and volume
- make orchestral decisions about instrument choices
- repeat music over and over again until it is comfortable to record
In short, the recording process is a not only the end result of a dedicated practice schedule, it also mirrors the practice process. I try to record my students once every month or so. Here are five pieces that I thought were recorded and orchestrated particularly well. More to follow as we continue our recordings.
Students ages in this recording series range from 7 to 12 years.
“Harmony Bird’s Song” by Graham Richards, recorded by Isaac Scears
(here is the sheet music, 3 different versions)
“Scarborough Fair” by Traditional, arranged by Faber, Piano Adventures level 3a
recorded by Iffy Nwebube
“Tropical Island” by Faber, Piano Adventures level 3b
recorded by Isabella Tokarz
“Luigi’s Mansion” by Shinobu Tanaka and Kazumi Totaka
recorded by Joe Stempien
“The Library” by Dennis Alexander and Martha Mier, Alfred’s Premiere Piano Course level 1b
recorded by Kirk Stempien
I conducted the interviews, shot the video & photographs, recorded the audio, composed and recorded the music, and edited this charming short featuring the kids of Livermore Valley Charter School. Music only link below. Enjoy!
a lonely bird sings
rain, thunder, mountain echoes
where are you my love
written by Graham Richards
recorded by Graham Richards & student Isaac Scears
artwork by Katie Weber
download sheet music below (three different versions)
Glenn Gould’s interpretation of Bach is so definitively his own. One of the things I love so much about Bach is the distinct absence of phrase-markings, dynamics, and tempos. It fits in with the idea of Bach The Improvisor.
Bach gives us the important information (what notes to play, and for how long to play them) and the rest is up to the performer. Each time you play, it is an act of improvisation.
The line between “classical” and “jazz” is only there because there are those who would profit from their segregation.
Enjoy this new classic Christmas song. This is a rough draft, powered by MIDI with stock orhchestral sounds from Apple. Expect a professional recording this season or next. Thanks for listening, and please feel free to download and/or share. For my musically-inclined friends, Click Here for a Leadsheet in the key of C. Hit me up if you want a different key, and I’ll send it to you.
(lyrics below) Continue reading
An audio essay presented by Crisman Richards. Narrated by Janet Richards, written & with music by Graham Richards.
Here’s the Kickstarter video that started it all, created with construction paper, an iPhone, and a lot of hard work. We are still several thousand dollars shy of our goal, so help us out if you can! Continue reading