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BM University of Miami, Studio Music and Jazz Performance
Rick continues to explore and develop his musical voice. Becoming a requested sideman while continuing to compose and pursue his own projects define the commitment to creative expression so vital to him. He has been constantly inspired by music from many countries as a result of concerts and recordings with Gahnian master drummer Kofi Misiso and tabla master Trilok Gurtu. The beauty of music from exotic lands remains an inspriation for Rick to write new music.17 years residency as a freelance saxophonist in central europe resulted in an impressive list of credits both live and recording. Performing and recording alongside Billy Cobham, Joe Sample, Trilok Gurtu, Zakir Hussain, Benny Bailey, Al Porcino, Claudio Roditi, George Russel, Charlie Mariano, Tony Reedus, Gene Caldarazzo, Joe Locke, Chaka Kahn, Ken Martin, Bill Bruford, Natalie Cole, Steve Ferrone , Jon Lord, Wolfgang Schmid and Barbara Dennerlein,.
Teaching engagements:Harvard Westlake High School Music In The Bradshaws (Prescott Arizona), Saxophone and ensemble Jazz/classical Instruction, Remscheid Jazz Workshop Salzgitter Jazz+ Rock Workshop, Bavarian Jazz Youth Orchestra, Feierwerk Jazz Rock und Blues Workshop, New Jazz School Munich (1994 -98 ) Macro Media , Multi Media School Munich
Embouchure: muscle distribution, posture, mouthpiece position
Tone Production: tongue position, first tone , various dynamic levels, long tones
Intonation: Overtone exercise, opening of throat , expansion of neck, singing pitch
Articulation: reading phrase articulation , determining articulation
Phrasing: playing each note with a purpose
Repertoire: Standards , Publications
Scales: major / melodic minor arpeggios thirds and fourths various exercises
Patterns: symmetrical patterns for repetition and inside and outside harmonic structure
Equipment: horns, reeds, mouthpieces, books, software, hardware
Solo Interpretation : Playing in the proper idiom
Ensemble interpretation: following the lead player, supporting role, blending
History Saxophone Styles: Major influences on Jazz and Popular saxophone
Practice routine: what , how long and in what order to practice
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