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April 3, 2015Richard Sussman China Tour May-June, 2015Richard will be returning for his third visit to China in May-June, 2015. He'll be performing and teaching master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory, Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, Xinghai Conservatory in Guangzhou, Contemporary Music Academy in Beijing, and Hong Kong Institute For Education. He'll also be performing at various clubs with his Shanghai and Beijing based bands as well as a special 2 piano concert with pianist Ted Lo in Hong Kong. For a more detailed itinerary please go to the Calendar page.
December 16, 2014Chamber Music AmericaRichard received a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant for 2014-15. "The Evolution Project" will feature a suite of new music for Jazz Quintet, String Quartet, and Electronics to be premiered in NYC in 2015.
Richard Sussman is an accomplished jazz pianist, composer, synthesist, and educator. His varied career as a performer has included performances and/or recordings with such diverse artists as Lionel Hampton, Lee Konitz, Buddy Rich, Houston Person, Randy Brecker, Steve Slagle, Blood Sweat & Tears, David Sanborn, Marty Balin, Country Joe McDonald, Carly Simon, and Donna Summer. His jazz discography includes four albums of original music as a leader, including the critically acclaimed "Free Fall" (Double-Time Records), “Live At Sweet Rhythm” (Origin Records), and most recently “Continuum” (Origin). “Continuum”, released in June 2012, highlights original compositions by Richard performed by an all-star quintet featuring Randy Brecker-tpt & flg hrn, Jerry Bergonzi-tnr sx, Mike Richmond-bs, Jeff Williams-dr, Richard-pno & synthesizer, with a cameo appearance by guitarist Mike Stern on one tune.

Richard’s large-scale jazz and orchestral compositions have been performed by the Village Vanguard Orchestra, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, the Metropole Orchestra, the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra, and the American Composers Orchestra, to name a few. He has received two NEA grants in Jazz Composition, as well as the prestigious ASCAP Jazz Composition Award in 2008. He was selected to be a participant in the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, sponsored by the American Composers Orchestra, in August 2012, and was subsequently selected to compose a new composition for orchestra which was premiered by the ACO in June, 2013.

Richard’s original composition “Ivories Tower”, composed for the ASCAP award in honor of jazz legend Hank Jones, was premiered by the Chicago Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jon Faddis in February 2009. The work was subsequently performed by the Metropole Orchestra (May, 2009) with Hank Jones as the featured soloist. His meeting with Hank Jones led to further arranging work with the maestro, including editing and music preparation for The Hank Jones Songbook of Hank’s little known original tunes (2010). This was to be followed by a studio date of the material with arrangements by Sussman, a project that unfortunately never materialized due to Hank’s untimely passing in the summer of 2010.

Richard has an ongoing and active commitment to music education. He has been a member of the jazz faculty at Manhattan School of Music since 1986 where his responsibilities have included private composition lessons, teaching and developing curriculum for jazz arranging classes, as well as managing all aspects of the Electronic Music Technology Studios and related courses for the Jazz Department. Richard’s book “Jazz Composition and Arranging In the Digital Age”, co-authored with Michael Abene (Oxford University Press, 2012), has been hailed as a comprehensive and trend-setting text for jazz composers in the 21st century. Richard continues his commitment to education as a member of the Jazz Education Network, College Music Society, and frequent clinician at national conferences by IAJE, JEN, CMS, TI:ME, CMS-NAMM Generation Next, and at many schools around the world.

Richard has directed much of his creative energy over the years towards exploring ways of integrating elements of jazz improvisation, contemporary classical compositional techniques, electronics, and contemporary pop music. In 2014 he received a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Award to create a new composition for jazz group, string quartet, and electronics, providing an opportunity to further explore this ongoing interest. He also received the College Music Society Fund Technology Award in 2013 for developing a two-year Masters degree program in Music Technology and Contemporary Media at the Manhattan School of Music. Richard continues to build a presence in the avante-garde, hybrid world of New Music, with recent appearances at the Tribeca New Music Festival, Composers Concordance Festival, and Tania Leon’s Composers Now Festival in New York. His extensive work in the field of film and television scoring has included projects for ABC, NBC, CBS, Nickelodeon, and Disney, as well as numerous independent films and videos.

Richard Sussman is a skilled and experienced clinician, and is available for master classes and residencies in the areas of jazz composition, arranging, theory, improvisation, and many areas of music technology, including film scoring. He has traveled to China twice, performing and teaching master classes at major conservatories there. For his most recent trip to China in May, 2014, he authored the book "Jazz Theory and Improvisation", translated to Mandarin and targeted specifically to the Chinese students and educators.

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Richard Sussman QuintetContinuum2012When pianist/composer Richard Sussman’s extraordinary debut album Free Fall was first released over 30 years ago, it quickly became a classic. The reunion live recording of this incredible band, consisting of renowned trumpeter Tom Harrell, saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, bassist Mike Richmond, drummer Jeff Williams, and pianist Richard Sussman was released as The Richard Sussman Quintet Live At Sweet Rhythm on Origin Records on June 19, 2012.

Continuum represents the third recording by this stellar group, and the first studio recording since the original “Free Fall” session. With the exception of trumpeter Randy Brecker replacing Tom Harrell in the line-up, Sussman returns with saxophonist Bergonzi, bassist Richmond, and drummer Williams, with a special guest appearance by guitarist Mike Stern on one tune. The new recording honors the unique musical chemistry of the group with a program of mostly original Sussman compositions, along with classics “Alone Together” and “Theme For Ernie”. Continuum received significant radio airplay through October, 2012.  Continuum peaked at #4 on the College Music Journal, #4 on the Roots Music Report (including 6 consecutive weeks in the RMR top 10), and #42 on the Jazz Week Charts.

Continuum - a continuous non-spatial whole or extent or succession in which no part or portion is distinct or distinguishable from adjacent parts - the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past. Although circumstances and events may appear to change dramatically over time, there is always a thread running through it all, establishing a continuity of consciousness and spirit.
"Continuum" – the composition and recording – represents the integration and coalescence of a wide variety of musical and stylistic experiences spanning several decades, illustrating the continuity or “Continuum” through many seemingly disparate elements of my musical journey.  To provide continuity for this project, I reassembled the band from “Free Fall” (with the exception of Tom Harrell and Larry Schneider), my first studio recording as a leader, recorded in 1978.

I feel incredibly privileged to have once again been able to surround myself with some of the most talented and creative musicians on the planet:  Jerry Bergonzi, Mike Richmond, and Jeff Williams.  The incredible Randy Brecker joins us on trumpet and flugel horn.  And guitar wizard Mike Stern honors us with a special guest appearance on one tune.
-Richard Sussman, April, 2012

Richard Sussman - piano, synthesizer

Randy Brecker - trumpet, flugelhorn

Jerry Bergonzi - tenor saxophone

Mike Richmond - acoustic bass

Jeff Williams - drums

Mike Stern - guitar (on "Mike’s Blues")

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Richard Sussman QuintetLive at Sweet Rhythm2010The reunion of this incredible band, consisting of renowned trumpeter Tom Harrell, saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, bassist Mike Richmond, drummer Jeff Williams, and pianist Richard Sussman was captured in a rare and exciting performance live at NYC jazz club Sweet Rhythm in June, 2003.

Besides some of Sussman's tunes from the original Free Fall recording, the band also explores several new originals as well as a few standards that showcase the spectacular talents of soloists Tom Harrell & Jerry Bergonzi.

Richard Sussman - piano

Tom Harrell - trumpet, flugelhorn

Jerry Bergonzi - tenor saxophone

Mike Richmond - acoustic bass

Jeff Williams – drums

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Richard Sussman QuintetFree Fall1979When pianist/composer Richard Sussman’s extraordinary debut album Free Fall was first released over 20 years ago, it quickly became a classic. Originally issued on Inner City Records, Free Fall not only received wide critical acclaim, but also served as inspiration to a generation of young musicians. The eminent educator David Baker even used it for many years at the University of Indiana as a prime example of contemporary jazz.

Unavailable since the demise of Inner City, Free Fall has been reissued by Double-Time Records and proves to be as stimulating, original and immediate as it was when first produced over two decades ago.

The seven Sussman originals that comprise the album display a highly original style, reflecting the eclectic musical experiences he’s had over the years. Performing and arranging for Lionel Hampton and Blood, Sweat and Tears among others, Sussman also worked with such jazz greats as Lee Konitz and Buddy Rich, along with diverse talents like Carly Simon and Little Anthony & the Imperials. He’d also composed part of the soundtrack to Midnight Cowboy and was a veteran of several Broadway pit orchestras, including Jesus Christ Superstar and Oh Calcutta.

While all of these experiences contributed to his overall musical vision, Free Fall is an album of uncompromising and challenging progressive jazz. Like much of the most adventurous jazz “mainstream “ of the ‘70s, the inspiration of Miles Davis’ classic “free-bop” quintet of the ‘60s (and its members, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock) is clearly apparent. And the powerfully edifying music contained on it fiercely disputes the current revisionist notion that the late ‘70s was an unproductive period in jazz history.

As richly complex and lyrically appealing as Sussman’s compositions are, they blossom beautifully in the hands of the date’s superb musicians.

Tom Harrell, who has since gained a reputation as one of jazz’ finest and most articulate trumpeters proves why throughout the album, especially in his scalding solo on the blazing title cut.

Tenorman Larry Schneider’s passionate solo highlights the complex and episodic mid-tempo driver, Lady of the Lake, switching to flute on the easy groove of the gently yearning Colors and the nicely syncopated Street Fair.

Renowned tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi takes over the big horn duties with a scorching solo on Dance of the Spheroids, a darkly lustrous piece. Bergonzi also performs on the album’s closer, Tiahuanaco, a driving piece built on a mild backbeat that turns into a blistering 4/4 excursion during the solos.

The rhythm team of bassist Mike Richmond and drummer Jeff Williams has propelled many ensembles over the years, and here they’re at their best. Tightly knit, highly empathetic and consistently inventive, they handle all of the complexities and shifts with ease, providing a perfect setting for the energetic and probing soloists. Willaims' solo interlude between the first two tunes demonstrates his superb musicality and rhythmic intensity, and Richmond’s solos on Dance of the Spheroids, and the trio piece, The River, display the deeply resonant, woody sound and brilliant creativity for which he’s known.

As a soloist, Sussman combines deft lyricism with a strikingly original harmonic sense and formidable technique, producing solos that are models of form and rhythmic intensity. His darkly probing solo on the title cut simply bursts with ideas, and he transforms the serene theme of The River into a mysterious, kaleidoscopic exploration of abstract harmonies during his sojourn through its currents.


Richard Sussman - piano

Tom Harrell - trumpet, flugelhorn

Jerry Bergonzi - tenor saxophone

Larry Schneider - tenor saxophone, flute, alto flute

Mike Richmond - acoustic bass

Jeff Williams - drums

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Jazz Composition and Arranging In the Digital Age is a comprehensive and practical instructional book and reference guide on the art and craft of jazz composition and arranging for small and large ensembles. Composers and arrangers Richard Sussman and Michael Abene combine their extensive experience as musicians and instructors to demonstrate how advances in music technology and software may be integrated with compositional concepts to form a new and more efficient paradigm for the creative process. An extensive companion website provides listening examples for each chapter as well as enhanced software tips, appendices of basic principles, and an expanded recommended listening list for further study.

• Presents traditional jazz arranging concepts alongside contemporary music technology and notation software
• Features real world applications of the technology as actually used by the contemporary composer/arranger
• Illustrates principles using familiar tunes
• Covers both small and large jazz ensembles
• Emphasizes the creative, artistic, and aesthetic aspects of the process
• Includes comprehensive and up-to-date companion website as well as helpful listening lists for further study

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“Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age is a must have for any musician who plans to be a jazz musician. As composition and arranging are integral parts of developing a sound and style as a jazz artist, this book covers the basic considerations that will provide the skills to allow this to happen. Richard and Mike have left no stone unturned in laying out the fundamentals of composition and orchestration. This is a great book compiled by two fantastic musicians. I've already learned several things on the first read-through, and am looking forward to going back for more.”
Bob Mintzer

"Jazz Composition & Arranging In the Digital Age by Richard Sussman & Michael Abene is quite amazing! I'm sure it will set a new standard in jazz education."
Randy Brecker

"Richard Sussman and Michael Abene have created an all encompassing look into the techniques and methods for realizing a musical arrangement in the 21st century. However, what really sets this book apart is the great care the authors take to emphasize that the only true guide for any musician is one's inner ear and creative instincts, thus constantly encouraging the reader to assume ultimate responsibility and ownership of the creative process."
Gil Goldstein

"Unique and cutting edge. Just when it seemed the subject had no new approaches to uncover along comes Sussman and Abene. Grounded with solid basics and served up in the language of today's computer-enhanced music world. An extraordinary, must-have reference for all arrangers from the beginner to the seasoned pro."
Gary Anderson
Arranger / Orchestrator for TV & Film

"This is one of the most comprehensive books ever written on the subject and the detailed helpful hints on using Finale or Sibelius make it THE book to use in this new century. This textbook is invaluable for college teachers and their students."
Richard DeRosa
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University of North Texas


"A comprehensive book--both musically and technologically--for the 21st-century jazz composer-arranger, written by two masters of the art."
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"Richard Sussman is a great arranger - I wish I had met him 10 years earlier."
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• Available as a guest soloist, or in various small group settings from duos to sextet
• Available for performances with larger ensembles, including jazz big band and symphony orchestra
• Available as composer/arranger for small and large ensembles
• Available for jazz improv, theory, and composition clinics

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS & CLINICS


Richard Sussman offers a wide variety of clinics, workshops, and master classes in many areas of Music Technology including the following:

• Basic to Advanced Sequencing and Audio Recording Techniques
• Music Notation Software
• Basic Principles of Electronic Sound Synthesis
• Scoring to Picture for Film and TV
• Developing a Music Technology Curriculum
• TI:ME Certification Courses
• Add a Music Technology component to your summer jazz camp!

All Jazz and Music Technology Clinics can be tailored to the specific needs of your institution, and can range from a 2-3 hr master class or 1 day intensive workshop, to a 1-2 week comprehensive course. All Technology Clinics will be adjusted to accommodate the technical resources available at your location.

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Richard Sussman is an accomplished pianist, composer, music technologist, and educator. He has been a professor of jazz composition at the esteemed Manhattan School of Music in New York City since 1986.

“Technology plays a vital role in the creation of music in the 21st century. We have a responsibility as educators to ensure that these powerful tools are used in the most musical, dynamic, and expressive ways possible”
Richard Sussman

CONTINUUM

Pianist Richard Sussman made an auspicious debut with his 1978 Free Fall, a riveting post bop/progressive album. Now comes Continuum, which is aptly titled since the quintet maintains its signature vitality and cohesiveness. The tense thematic counterpoint, pulsating piano ostinatos, and rhythmic fluctuations generate striving, powerful solos from Bergonzi, Brecker, Sussman, and Williams, yet more proof that the reemergence of Sussman's essential group has been much too long in coming.Scott AlbinJazz Times
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5 Stars! Richard Sussman is a bit of a genius - his keyboard skills are matched by his compositional skills and his ability to gather about him a group of musicians so fine that they can make a small group have all the distinction and camaraderie of a Big Band Sound. This is his second recording in two years and we can only hope that he will get around to making a new release every year!Grady HarpAmazon.com
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Sussman’s excellent composing and playing is the driving force at the center of Continuum, mining countless riches from the keyboard.Terrell HolmesNew York City Jazz Record
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What I love about this album is how it sifts contemporary execution with a sighing '70s feel. Once you have a look at the lineup, you realize why this album is so good. This is tight jazz with a heart. Sample Meridian, which will take your breath away. And catch Randy Brecker on every track. His horn sounds sensational.”Marc MeyersWeekend Wax Bits
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Continuum is just beautiful. Great tunes, great playing, and I LOVE the synth textures and awesome synth solos!!Joe LockeVibraphonist
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Sussman's a pianist and synth player and I always really dug his horn charts. He rarely takes the foreground, but, man, the guy knows how to surround himself and then some… and, well, one never knows quite what to expect. That was what made Free Fall such a well acclaimed slab back in the day, and Sussman's done nothing but mature since then. You know you're not only in good hands but ready for an adventure into artistic originality and vibrancy with heady depth. Good long cuts, too. This isn't just music, it's therapy for the thinking jazz fan.Mark S TuckerFolk & Acoustic Music Exchange
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Musically inventive yet tunefully melodic, Continuum has a lot going for it. These are musicians at the top of their game, and clearly enjoying what they are doing. It is impossible not to enjoy along with them.Jack GoodsteinSeattle Post-Intelligencer
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Noted composer and pianist Richard Sussman reunites with his quintet from the 1970s for Continuum, a dynamic set of multi-genre instrumental jazz. Sussman's clever themes and tight harmonies utilize the trumpet/saxophone front line with great clarity. Both Brecker and Bergonzi deliver inspired solos, especially on the easy swing tempo of "Spare Change" and the more frenetic "Crossroads." The two take full advantage of the composer's challenging, yet musician friendly approach. Sussman demonstrates a graceful approach to the piano on his solo piece "The Wayfarer" and digs in hard on the title track.John BarronJazz Word Blog Spot
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Richard Sussman Quintet, Nyack Jazz Week at the Turning Point Cafe, Piermont, NY July 22, 2012

On the first night of Nyack Jazz Week 2012, Richard Sussman brought a quintet into the Turning Point Café in celebration of Continuum (Origin Records, 2012). Sussman's sharp, sophisticated and pleasing compositions invite interpretations by different personnel. He deftly balances a two-horn front line and electric textures, treating his acoustic piano and synthesizer as instruments with different capabilities, and often coaxes horn-like phrasing from the synth.

The set ended in a rousing fashion with "Continuum," the most challenging of Sussman's compositions from the record. An obsessive sounding introduction in an odd meter, a shoving match between the horns and the rhythm section, trim hard bop themes, and a short, tasty line played by Sussman, were all introduced, developed, and abandoned in a dizzying, unpredictable manner. The applause which followed the out head was genuine, long lasting, and richly deserved.”David OrthmannAll About Jazz
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Great stuff. Enjoyed the entire project!Michael FagienJazziz


LIVE AT SWEET RHYTHM

Given the stature of the performers, it comes as no surprise that the playing on Live At Sweet Rhythm is magnificent. The leaders’ own well-constructed solos reflect his solid status as a composer.David FranklinCadence
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Live at Sweet Rhythm is truly a group effort. You can hear the joy and zest of the musicians, who listen intently to one another throughout. Even after 25 years apart, the bandmates share an undeniable synergy, which explains the lasting appeal of their sole studio recordingRoss BoissoneauJazziz
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It is a celebration in every sense of the word. The performance is so rich and well balanced and soulful.... the feeling of what happens when jazz musicians really interact among themselves and to the response of a gathered group of music lovers is obvious - electric.... a magnificent tribute to jazz by some of the finest musicians you will ever encounter."Grady HarpAmazon.com
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Usually magical moments only occur once. But sometimes, with luck, magic strikes twice. That’s the glory of Live at Sweet Rhythm, which features the Richard Sussman Quintet, also known as the Free Fall Reunion Band.Doug SimpsonAudiophile Audition
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Sussman is a first rate composer, and the new release features a stellar lineup of first-magnitude players led by Harrell and Boston-based tenor titan Jerry Bergonzi.Tom GreenlandAll About Jazz
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The band still has chemistry, based on Sussman's unusual, graceful tunes, and the contrasting reactions of Bergonzi and Harrell. Sussman holds his own. His best solo is his hovering, swirling construct on "Lady Of the Lake". It was seven years ago and Sweet Rhythm has closed, but it was a night worth preserving.Thomas ConradJazz Times
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Richard Sussman's Free Fall (Inner City Records, 1978) became an underground classic. All the players involved in the recording moved on and developed into well-respected jazz veterans, with Sussman moving into touring bands, composing and teaching. As the years went by, the music began resonating with a lot of people, Sussman included, and the pianist eventually bought the rights to his recording. They celebrated the album's twenty-fifth anniversary (and release on CD) with two nights at New York's Sweet Rhythm. Now, seven years later, this music has made its way to the marketplace as Live At Sweet Rhythm, and the music was well worth the wait. Here's hoping three more decades don't have to pass for these musicians to reconvene.Dan BilawskyAll About Jazz
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Back in 1978 Richard Sussman led a quintet that produced the much-admired album 'Free Fall'. Twenty-five years later the group reformed at the Sweet Rhythm for this live performance. The result is outstanding, memorable jazz. Jerry Bergonzi and Tom Harrell inspire with the depth of their inventiveness. Richard Sussman's arrangements deliver driving and involving music, making the most of the harmonic possibilities of the small group form. The group playing is tight, alive to the great possibilities in this music, perhaps now receiving the recognition that it deserves.Ken Watkins100 Greatest Jazz Albums
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Pianist Richard Sussman led a quintet in the late 1970s and made one record (Free Fall) for Inner City. It is "Free Fall," the extended Sussman work which closes this release, which proves to be the most captivating. The brief introduction sets up a solo by Williams, leading to free jazz sections showcasing Harrell and Bergonzi before the leader takes things further out then returns to a driving post-bop setting to wrap the performance with an explosive finish. Hopefully, Richard Sussman won't have to wait another twenty-five years to land his next record deal.Ken DrydenAll Music Guide
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When Sussman first came out with “Free Fall” 30 years back, it became one of those great underground classics that got passed around reverently. Now, the band behind it has reunited, bring deeper chops and longer resumes . Taking on a new take on the original songs with a few song ringers, this straight ahead crew delivers the goods in ‘wish you were there’ fashion. This date is actually from the earlier part of the century, but there ain’t no dust on it. Killer stuff for the straight ahead jazzbo.Chris SpectorMidwestrecord.com
Live At Sweet Rhythm is music without peer.C. Michael BaileyAllAboutJazz.com
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FREE FALL

What makes Free Fall so memorable is the totality of its gifts —its compositions, its solos, the precocious fluidity of its musicians, its timelessness.Don Williamson52nd St Jazz.com
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Repeated listenings make clear that Richard Sussman has already arrived. As a pianist, his sure technique is put into the service of a flair for well-wrought melody and firmly structured solos; moreover, all the tunes are his, and as a composer he has already stamped them with his interest in dark, deep, and even mysterious themes. As a bandleader, he has assembled here a quintet that could take its place on any stage in the land. This is a contemporary acoustic band playing in a time-honored jazz format.

- From Neal Tesser’s Original 1979 Downbeat Review – Four Stars!Neal TesserDownbeat
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Free Fall is the re-release of a classic... Richard Sussman produced a truly great document, long overdue for re-release.C. Michael BaileyAllAboutJazz.com
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Free Fall is unquestionably a jazz classic and Sussman is clearly one of jazz music's top composers who displays a fierce individuality and rare beauty.Marshall BowdenJazzitude.com
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Originally released on “Inner City Records” in 1978, this reissue sounds as fresh and cutting-edge as just about anything that resembles contemporary mainstream/progressive jazz! Folks, small ensemble jazz doesn’t get much finer than this! Strongly recommended.Glen AstaritaAll About Jazz
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Although it has been over twenty years since the release of Richard Sussman's dynamic album Free Fall, the recording continues to generate excitement even by today's standards. It is vibrant, extremely energetic, and is filled with seven very fine original tracks.... Free Fall has had many years to distinguish itself as one of jazz's most dynamic recordings.Sheldon T. NunnJazzreview.com
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"Free Fall is a great recording - original, interesting music... I still hear some of these tunes in my head today." - Bob Mintzer

"Burning! Even though it was recorded over 20 years ago it still sounds fresh today. This is a terrific record... Slammin'!!!" - Mike Stern

"Free Fall" was one of the seminal jazz recordings of the 1970s. It was a huge record for me, and I've turned on the younger generation to this amazing music.” - Brian Lynch

"It's a dynamite album. I still listen to it. Great tunes, great playing..." - Ronnie Cuber

"Free Fall is an underground classic all over the world. Wherever I go people still comment and ask me about it. It's a great album." - Mike Richmond

"Free Fall was a jazz album recorded at a time when this kind of music wasn't getting recorded. It's a documentation of what was happening in my musical life at the time. I was thrilled to be a part of it."
- Jerry Bergonzi

"As far as presenting a total musical project, this recording is one of the best. The playing, writing, and most importantly, the whole flow of the music, make "Free Fall" a brilliant album. I use it as a benchmark when writing my own music." - Scott Wendholt


Upcoming Performances

May 13 - May 16, 2015
Richard Sussman China Tour 2015
Hong Kong
Special Concert with Ted Lo, HKIE - May 13.
Master Class, HKIE - May 13.
Richard Sussman Trio at Peel Fresco - Sat, May 16.

May 18-22, 2015
Richard Sussman China Tour 2015
Xinghai Conservatory
Guangzhou, China
Master Classes & Concerts
May 25-29, 2015
Richard Sussman China Tour 2015
Shanghai Conservatory
Shanghai, China
Master Classes & Concerts
June 1-9, 2015
Richard Sussman China Tour 2015
Sichuan Conservatory
Chengdu, China
Master Classes & Concerts
Performances at Local Clubs.

Thursday, June 11-12, 2015
Richard Sussman China Tour 2015
Beijing Contemporary Music Academy
Beijing, China
Master Classes & Concerts at CMA
Richard Sussman Quartet at Eastshore Jazz Club, Sat., June 12.

June 17-18, 2015
Richard Sussman China Tour 2015
Shanghai, China
Richard Sussman Quintet at The Lab, Wed, June 17.
Richard Sussman Quintet at The JZ Club, Thur, June 18.

Past Performances

Thursday, January 8, 2015
The Watters Brothers at JEN
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, CA
Ken Watters-tpt, Harry Watters-tbn,
Richard Sussman-pno, Gene Perla-bs, Steve Fidyk-dr

At the Jazz Education Network National Conference
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The Richard Sussman Quintet
New York, NY
featuring:
Scott Wendholt - trumpet & flugel horn
Rich Perry - tenor sax
Mike McGuirk - bass
Anthony Pinciotti - drums
Richard Sussman - piano

Performing a Mix of Sussman Originals
and Music by the Great Hank Jones

November 29th - December 7th, 2014
Composers Concordance 2014 Festival
Spectrum NYC
New York, NY
On November 29th at 7pm at Spectrum NYC, Composers Concordance launches its 4th Annual Festival, entitled 'Anniversaries.' The celebrations begin with a program entitled 'Wingjammer,' commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Buffalo Wing! Original compositions featuring improvisation will be performed by no fewer than twenty-six of NYC's cutting-edge composers, including Doug Balliett, Lynn Bechtold, Ken Butler, Glenn Cornett, Franz Hackl, Arthur Kampela, Jessica Meyer, Daniel Palkowski, Milica Paranosic, Richard Sussman, and Zach Seely. Buffalo Wings from different NYC restaurants will be served.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Richard Sussman Evolution Project
Shapeshifter Lab
Brooklyn, NY
Performing Experimental New Music
by Richard Sussman
featuring:

Rich Perry - tenor sax
Peter Brendler - acoustic & electricbass
Anthony Pinciotti - drums
Richard Sussman - piano, synthesizer, & laptop
Zach Brock - violin
Fung Chern Hwei - violin
Lev Zhurbin - viola & fadolin
Mindy Asher - cello

Friday, October 10, 2014
Lee Konitz Quartet
Nyack Library
Nyack, NY
Richard Sussman, piano
Cameron Brown, bass
George Schuller, drums

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"Waiting" MSM 4.15.11
Richard Sussman Quintet Manhattan School of Music Faculty Recital 4.15.11 Richard Sussman-pno, Joe Magnarelli-tpt, Steve Slagle-as, Mike Richmond-bs, Jeff Williams-dr
"Spare Change" MSM 4.15.11
Richard Sussman Quintet Manhattan School of Music Faculty Recital 4.15.11 Richard Sussman-pno, Joe Magnarelli-tpt, Steve Slagle-as, Mike Richmond-bs, Jeff Williams-dr
"Metamorphosis 9 11" MSM 4.15.11
Composed by Richard Sussman - Performed by Kathy Tagg - Manhattan School of Music Faculty Recital 4.15.11

This piece was originally commissioned by the “Soundclock” contemporary performance group, for a performance at Merkin Hall on 9/11/02, commemorating the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Buffalo Strings - Composers Concordance 9.29.14
Richard Sussman-piano, electronics, & buffalo wing. Composed for the Composers Concordance 2014 Festival opening night concert "Wingjammers" featuring the 50th anniversary of the Buffalo Wing! Spectrum NYC, 11/29/14.
Metropole Orchestra Film Music Concert
Music From "The Untouchables"
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Arranged by Richard Sussman



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Richard Sussman's Production Company
for Film, TV, Multimedia, and Publishing



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Jazz Theory and Improvisation
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Richard Sussman has traveled to China twice, performing and teaching master classes at major conservatories there. For his most recent trip to China in May, 2014, he authored the book "Jazz Theory and Improvisation", translated to Mandarin and dedicated specifically to the Chinese students and educators.




Richard Sussman, the creative director and principal composer of USM, has more than 25 years experience composing for film and TV. He has successfully scored hundreds of TV episodes, as well as numerous films and other commercial projects. Prominent USM projects include original music for three full seasons of the hit children's TV series: Gullah Gullah Island" on Nickelodeon and "Out Of the Box" on the Disney network, "Bear in the Blue House" (Disney), "Another World" (NBC), "Guiding Light" (CBS), and "America's Most Wanted" (Fox). Other USM projects include original music for the Jane Pauley Show on NBC, an original theme for the ABC News program "This Week with George Stephanopoulos", scores for independent films "Menage a Trois" by Kimberly Weatherell, "The Pretenders" and "Good Tidings" by Matt Morillo, "Indian Cowboy" by Nikhil Kamkolkar, as well as original music for ), "The Knot Weddings" (Oxygen), and music production and sound design for Walden Family Playhouse, "20/20 Downtown" (ABC), and themes for "The Tim McCarver Show" (MSG), and "Your Money & Your Life" (Oxygen), as well as many commercials, documentaries, industrials, and independent films.

USM can provide you with the highest quality original music in a wide variety of styles, as well as state of the art facilities for recording and syncing sound to picture. Our main production facility is now located in Nyack, NY, a short distance north of New York City. We’ve maintained relationships with several midtown facilities, including Beat Street Productions, and Palace NYC, for production, meetings, and screenings, when necessary. In addition to original music, we are also able to offer a full range of audio post-production services including SFX placement, audio mixing, editing, voice-over, and duplication services.

Richard Sussman, along with the other members of the USM creative roster, form an unbeatable team with the skills, creativity, and professionalism to tackle virtually any scoring assignment.

Audio

Richard Sussman
Good Tidings
Indie Short Film
Main Title
Directed by Matt Morillo
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Richard Sussman
Cliffhanger
America's Most Wanted
Fox Network
Action Danger Cue
Metro Music
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Richard Sussman
Evolution 1
Video Game Cue
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Richard Sussman
Spooked
America's Most Wanted
Fox Network
Action Danger Cue
Metro Music
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Richard Sussman
Menage a Trois
Indie Short Film
Main Title
Directed by Kimberly Wetherell
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Richard Sussman
On The Edge
Guiding Light Cue
CBS
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Richard Sussman
The Trek
America's Most Wanted
Fox Network
Action/Danger Cue
Metro Music
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Richard Sussman & Rosino Serrano
Merengue Mix
Out Of the Box (Kids Stuff)
Disney Network
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Richard Sussman & Doug Califano
Mouse House
Out Of the Box (Kids Stuff)
Disney Network
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Richard Sussman
Talk Like a Pirate
Audio Book
Scholastic Entertainment
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Video

FILM & TV SCORING

Hong Kong Promo
Hong Kong Tourism
Music by Richard Sussman & Doug Califano
Your Money & Your Life
Laura Pedersen Show Main Title
Oxygen Network
Music by Richard Sussman
Tim McCarver Show
Tim McCarver Show Main Title
MSG Network
Music by Richard Sussman
This Week With George Stephanopoulos
Main Title Theme
ABC
Music by Doug Califano & Richard Sussman
Good Tidings
Indie Short Film
Directed by Matt Morillo
Music by Richard Sussman
Menage a Trois
Indie Short Film
Directed by Kimberly Wetherell
Music by Richard Sussman
The Pretenders
Indie Feature Film
Directed by Matt Morillo
Music by Richard Sussman
Indian Cowboy
Indie Feature Film
Directed by Nikhil Kamkolkar
Music by Richard Sussman
MVP
Indie Feature Film
Music by Richard Sussman


KID'S STUFF

Zwoosh
Animation Promo
Kids TV
Nickelodeon
Music by Richard Sussman
Abby's Friends
Intersticial Program
Kids TV
Nickelodeon
Music by Richard Sussman
Mighty Cootas
Gullah Gullah Island
Kids TV
Nickelodeon
Music by Richard Sussman
Make 'Em Laugh
Out Of The Box
Kids TV
Disney
Music by Richard Sussman
Follow That Pup
Gullah Gullah Island
Kids TV
Nickelodeon
Music by Richard Sussman

Jazz Large Ensemble

Richard Sussman
One For Thad
Manhattan School of Music Jazz Band
Conducted by Justin DiCioccio
Manhattan School of Music
May, 2003
Edited.
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by Sonny Rollins
Strode Rode
arr by Richard Sussman
Westchester Jazz Orchestra
Conducted by Mike Holober
Irvington Town Hall
December, 2007
Edited.
LISTEN
by Jolson, DeSylva, Rose
Avalon
arr by Richard Sussman
Pratt Brothers Big Band
Conducted by Dean Pratt
Recorded March, 1995
Rudy Van Gelder Studio
Edited.
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Richard Sussman
Fletcher
Pratt Brothers Big Band
Conducted by Dean Pratt
Recorded March, 1995
Rudy Van Gelder Studio
Edited.
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Hank Jones Project

Richard Sussman
Ivories Tower
Metropole Orchestra
Conducted by Jim McNeely
Richard Sussman's tribute to Hank Jones.
The Haag Jazz Festival, May, 2009.
Featured Soloist: Hank Jones, piano.
Edited.
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Hank Jones
A Major Minor Contention
The Hank Jones Tribute Project.
Arranged by Richard Sussman.
Richard Sussman-pno, Cameron Brown-bs,
Tony Jefferson-dr, Adam O'Farrill-tpt,
Steve Slagle-alto sax & flute,
Jonathan Ragonese-tnr sx, clar, bs clar, Isaac Kaplan-tbn.
August 2013
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Hank Jones
Alone And Blue
The Hank Jones Tribute Project.
Arranged by Richard Sussman.
Richard Sussman-pno, Cameron Brown-bs,
Tony Jefferson-dr, Adam O'Farrill-tpt,
Steve Slagle-alto sax & flute,
Jonathan Ragonese-tnr sx, clar, bs clar, Isaac Kaplan-tbn.
August 2013
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New Music Recordings

Richard Sussman
Evolution 2
Electro-acoustic music composed and produced by Richard Sussman.
Computer Programming, Piano, Synthesizer
- Richard Sussman.
Trumpet - Scott Wendholt.
Edited.
2009
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Richard Sussman
Spirit Guide
Composed for Jenny Q Chai.
Music for Solo Piano and Electronics.
Live recording not yet available.
Edited MIDI Mockup.
World Premier - Leo Brouer Festival, Havana, Cuba, 10/7/14
LISTEN
Richard Sussman
Cicada Love Dance
Composed for Martha Mooke and Scorchio.
Featuring Zach Brock-violin solo.
The Cutting Room, NYC, 2/22/14
Edited version.
LISTEN
Richard Sussman
All Will Be Revealed
Richard Sussman-pno.
The Sirius String Quartet:
Gregor Huebner-vln, Chern Hwei Fung-vln,
Ron Lawrence-vla, Ruben Khodeli-vcl.
June, 2010. Edited.
LISTEN
Richard Sussman
Convergence B
Conducted by Delta David Grier
The American Composers Orchestra.
Miller Theatre, Columbia University, NYC 6/4/13
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Richard Sussman
Jazz Quintet

The critically acclaimed Richard Sussman Quintet has been acknowledged as an innovative and influential force in modern jazz for over 30 years. The group has featured some of the top players in jazz, including Tom Harrell, Jerry Begonzi, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Dick Oatts, Mike Stern, Mike Richmond, and Jeff Williams. Susman’s three recordings as a leader with this band always feature his uniquely original and compelling compositions. His debut recording as a leader, "Free Fall" (Double-Time Records), has been called “one of the seminal recordings of the late ‘70s” by jazz trumpeter Brian Lynch, and has become something of an underground classic over the years, highly praised by musicians, critics, educators, and jazz cognescenti.

The group released a live recording, “The Richard Sussman Quintet Live at Sweet Rhythm” on Origin Records in 2010, featuring a reunion of the personnel from the classic “Free Fall” recording. Sussman’s most recent quintet recording, “Continuum” (Origin Records 2012), features original compositions by Richard performed by Randy Brecker-trumpet & flugel horn, Jerry Bergonzi-tenor sax, Mike Richmond-bass, Jeff Williams-drums, and Richard-piano & synthesizer,with a guest appearance by Mike Stern on guitar. The recording received widespread critical acclaim, with a strong radio campaign throughout 2012. Continuum peaked at #4 on the College Music Journal, #4 on the Roots Music Report (including 6 consecutive weeks in the RMR top 10), and #42 on the Jazz Week Charts.

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The
Richard Sussman
“Evolution” Ensemble

In addition to his accomplishments as a modern jazz pianist and composer/arranger, Richard Sussman has also pursued and developed his interest and passion for music technology and the use of synthesizers and electronics in music. He received a Grammy award for his work as synthesizer programmer on Randy Brecker’s 1998 release “Into The Sun”. His extensive work in the field of film and television scoring has included projects for ABC, NBC, CBS, Nickelodeon, and Disney.

Sussman’s creative work in the area of music technology has coalesced into a new ensemble – “The Evolution Ensemble” – which features Sussman’s skill as a cutting edge programmer, performer, and composer in this realm. The music for this ensemble integrates Sussman’s many varied influences and areas of expertise, including straight ahead jazz, electronics, contemporary classical composition, and pop music, and features members of the acclaimed Sirius String Quartet along with top jazz soloists such as Randy Brecker, Scott Wendholt, Jerry Bergonzi, and Rich Perry, along with a jazz/funk rhythm section, and Sussman performing on piano, synthesizer, and laptop. The result is a truly cutting edge blend of highly original and marketable music with a completely contemporary appeal.

Sussman recently received a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant to compose a multi-movement suite of new music for this ensemble to be completed and premiered in 2015.

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Richard Sussman
Composer/Arranger

In addition to his work as a jazz pianist and composer for small jazz ensemble and electronics, Richard Sussman has amassed a wide array of credits as a composer for large jazz ensemble, orchestral works, and contemporary classical “New Music”. Sussman’s arrangements for jazz big band have been performed by Lionel Hampton, Mel Lewis, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra, the Dean Pratt Big Band, and many others. Richard is a two-time NEA grant recipient for jazz composition, resulting in the composition of two suites for jazz soloist and orchestra which explore the integration of contemporary classical compositional techniques with jazz improvisation.

He has also been commissioned to write numerous arrangements for the acclaimed Metropole Orchestra of Amsterdam, including several arrangements and an original composition for a Hank Jones tribute concert, with Hank as the featured soloist. Richard has recently completed an orchestral composition which was premiered by the American Composers Orchestra in New York in June, 2013.

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The
Richard Sussman/Hank Jones
Tribute Project

Richard Sussman was one of the last arrangers to work with Hank Jones before he passed away in May 2010 (at age 91).  Richard’s association with Hank began with the ASCAP Jazz Composition Award in 2008 in honor of Hank Jones.  This led to the composition of “Ivories Tower” by Richard, as well as arrangements of several of Hank’s originals performed by the Metropole Orchestra in May, 2009, with Hank Jones as the featured soloist.  The association continued with Richard working closely with Hank on the editing and preparation of Hank’s original tunes for publication in a Hank Jones Songbook.  The songbook was completed in the Spring of 2010 and is now available on Hal Leonard.

Hank was planning to follow the songbook with a studio recording of his original tunes for 3-4 horns plus rhythm, to be arranged by Richard Sussman. The recording project was something Hank was passionate about, and was scheduled to take place in the Summer of 2010. Unfortunately, Hank became ill and passed in June, 2010. The planned recording never took place. Richard Sussman is committed to completing the arrangements and recording of this material as a tribute to Hank, and to honor his last wishes. Richard would play piano, write the arrangements, and conduct the session, based on his knowledge of how Hank wanted the music to be presented. Ideally the band could be filled out with all-star musicians such as Randy Brecker on trumpet, Steve Wilson on alto sax, Lewis Nash on drums, and others of that caliber.

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Richard Sussman
Educator/Author

Richard Sussman has been an integral member of the Jazz Composition Faculty at the highly esteemed Manhattan School of Music in New York City since 1986. His responsibilities at MSM include private composition lessons, teaching and developing curriculum for Jazz Arranging classes, and managing all aspects of the Electronic Music Technology/MIDI Recording Studios for the Jazz Department. He is an established and effective clinician both in the areas of jazz improvisation and composition, as well as music technology and scoring for film and television.

A new, critically acclaimed arranging textbook, “Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age”, co-authored by Richard and Michael Abene, was published in January, 2012 by Oxford University Press.

Jazz Large Ensemble

Richard Sussman
One For Thad
Manhattan School of Music Jazz Band
Conducted by Justin DiCioccio
Manhattan School of Music
May, 2003
Edited.
LISTEN
by Sonny Rollins
Strode Rode
arr by Richard Sussman
Westchester Jazz Orchestra
Conducted by Mike Holober
Irvington Town Hall
December, 2007
Edited.
LISTEN
by Jolson, DeSylva, Rose
Avalon
arr by Richard Sussman
Pratt Brothers Big Band
Conducted by Dean Pratt
Recorded March, 1995
Rudy Van Gelder Studio
Edited.
LISTEN
Richard Sussman
Fletcher
Pratt Brothers Big Band
Conducted by Dean Pratt
Recorded March, 1995
Rudy Van Gelder Studio
Edited.
LISTEN


Hank Jones Project

Richard Sussman
Ivories Tower
Metropole Orchestra
Conducted by Jim McNeely
Richard Sussman's tribute to Hank Jones.
The Haag Jazz Festival, May, 2009.
Featured Soloist: Hank Jones, piano.
Edited.
LISTEN
Hank Jones
A Major Minor Contention
The Hank Jones Tribute Project.
Arranged by Richard Sussman.
Richard Sussman-pno, Cameron Brown-bs,
Tony Jefferson-dr, Adam O'Farrill-tpt,
Steve Slagle-alto sax & flute,
Jonathan Ragonese-tnr sx, clar, bs clar, Isaac Kaplan-tbn.
August 2013
LISTEN
Hank Jones
Alone And Blue
The Hank Jones Tribute Project.
Arranged by Richard Sussman.
Richard Sussman-pno, Cameron Brown-bs,
Tony Jefferson-dr, Adam O'Farrill-tpt,
Steve Slagle-alto sax & flute,
Jonathan Ragonese-tnr sx, clar, bs clar, Isaac Kaplan-tbn.
August 2013
LISTEN


New Music Recordings

Richard Sussman
Evolution 2
Electro-acoustic music composed and produced by Richard Sussman.
Computer Programming, Piano, Synthesizer
- Richard Sussman.
Trumpet - Scott Wendholt.
Edited.
2009
LISTEN
Richard Sussman
Spirit Guide
Composed for Jenny Q Chai.
Music for Solo Piano and Electronics.
Live recording not yet available.
Edited MIDI Mockup.
World Premier - Leo Brouer Festival, Havana, Cuba, 10/7/14
LISTEN
Richard Sussman
Cicada Love Dance
Composed for Martha Mooke and Scorchio.
Featuring Zach Brock-violin solo.
The Cutting Room, NYC, 2/22/14
Edited version.
LISTEN
Richard Sussman
All Will Be Revealed
Richard Sussman-pno.
The Sirius String Quartet:
Gregor Huebner-vln, Chern Hwei Fung-vln,
Ron Lawrence-vla, Ruben Khodeli-vcl.
June, 2010. Edited.
LISTEN
Richard Sussman
Convergence B
Conducted by Delta David Grier
The American Composers Orchestra.
Miller Theatre, Columbia University, NYC 6/4/13
LISTEN






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