Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

NFA Flute convention coming to Charlotte

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Charlotte will be hosting the National Flute Association (NFA) convention from August 10th-14th.
This year there is a large jazz component and Rick will be handling the drumset duties along with Ron Brendle on bass, Jim Brock on percussion and Mike Wofford on Piano. Artists will include Holly Hoffman, Ali Ryerson, Nelson Rangell and Jane Lenoir. There will be several jazz concerts at the Westin Hotel as well as the Blumenthal Center for the Performing Arts.
Here are a few of the events Rick will be playing on:
August 12-concert with Jane Lenoir from 5pm-6:30pm at the Westin hotel.
concert with Nelson Rangell from 10:30pm to 12am at the Westin hotel.
August 13th– 8-10pm Gala orchestra concert at the Blumenthal
Flute Big Band Concert with Ali Ryerson from 10:30 pm to 12 am at the Westin.
August 14th– Closing Ceremonies 4-5:30 at the Westin
Hope to see you there.

Worlds Collide Video

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Here is the 3rd movement of my composition When Worlds Collide recorded live at the North Carolina Day of Percussion in 2005. Mike Spiro is on Congas and Bongos, I am on Drum Set, Dan Taylor and Renae White are on snare drums. Also playing and visible are Justin Blackwood,Amanda Estes, Matt Curl, Taylor Caton, Henry Davis and Patrick McGinty. The quality of the video and audio is not so great but it’s still fun to watch. Also, this is a very large file so give it some time to load.
Worlds Collide movt3

CSO Magic of Xmas with Noel Friedline

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

I just finished a one week run with the Charlotte Symphony and the Noel Friedline Quintet. The audiences loved the group and we had a great time playing for them. I also performed on percussion with the symphony so there was a lot of running back and forth. Noel did some great arrangements which included a 5/4 version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen ala Dave Brubeck’s Take 5 and I got a chance to play an extended drum solo with is one of the few times that happens with the Charlotte symphony. It was a great band that featured Noel on Piano, Elisa Pruitt on Bass, Juan Rollan on Saxophone, vocalist Renee Ebalaroza and yours truly on the Drums. Hopefully we will get to do it again next year.
Here are a few pictures:
Juan

Elisa

Elisa


Noel

Noel


Rick in his lame CSO pops Garb

Rick in his lame CSO pops Garb

An interesting conversation with Victor Vanacore

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

I had lunch recently with Grammy winning music director Victor Vanacore recently and as always he had some very interesting and enlightening things to say. For those of you who don’t know Victors work he has gigged with and arranged for a virtual who’s who of the music business for the last 40 years. You can check out his site at http://www.victorvanacore.com/ He was music director for Ray Charles for many years so you know this guy knows his stuff, especially when it comes to drummers. Our conversation took place during a few gigs I had with him and the Charlotte Symphony featuring Steve Lippia-a really great singer who is known for his Sinatra tribute concerts. Both Victor and Steve mentioned that they had been having lots of trouble of late with the various orchestra supplied drummers for their shows. It seems that this latest generation of orchestra percussionist’s is having a hard time performing older genres of popular music. This is a sign that our music schools are not stressing the importance of drum set rep. the same way they are stressing the orchestra and marimba rep.
As many of you know I feel that drum set training should be an integral part of any serious collegiate music performance program and it should stress the classic Jazz, Latin, Pop and Rock styles all percussionist’s might be faced with. All Orchestral percussionists who plan on playing with an orchestra should be well versed in many jazz styles including Dixieland, Swing, Big Band, Broadway, Bebop and Post Bop. In this case I think Victor feels as if the orchestral percussionists are not taking this pops rep seriously and they don’t even bother to prepare. It is unbelievable to me that if you know you are going to be doing a Sinatra tribute concert you don’t even take the time to listen to classic’s like Fly Me to the Moon, Lady is a Tramp, etc which are readily available on several recordings. This is part of the great American songbook and as a professional musician working in America you really should know this stuff. When I was living and working in Atlantic City in the late 80’s and early 90’s I played tons of these types of gigs and there still are many going on today. At a time when traveling guest artists are having to scale back their cost’s to come in and do these shows with orchestra’s there is no excuse for an orchestra percussionist not to be able to cut a relatively simple show. In my opinion orchestra’s need to start making drum set a larger part of their audition process.
I would love to hear your comments on this.
Here is a link to Steve’s site and a few pictures from the concert: http://www.stevelippia.com/

Here is the setup I used for the gig

Here is the setup I used for the gig

Here is another setup shot. That's Bass Player Tom Hildreth to the right and CSO Stage mamager John Jarrell to the left

Here is another setup shot. That's Bass Player Tom Hildreth to the right and CSO Stage mamager John Jarrell to the left


Victor Vanacore

Victor Vanacore


From Left to Right-Steve, Rick and Victor

From Left to Right-Steve, Rick and Victor

Upcoming concerts

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Here are some upcoming concerts that I am involved with in the next few weeks that you may want to check out.
November 27th-28th 8pm at the Blumenthal Center for the performing arts Concert with Steve Lippia one of the best Sinatra tribute singers around. With the Charlotte Symphony. I will be playing Drum Set and Grammy winning arranger Victor Vanacore will be conducting.

November 30th, 8pm- UNCC percussion ensemble concert at Robinson hall on the campus of UNCC. I will be conducting

December 3rd -Dec 6th at the Blumenthal performing arts center -Charlotte Symphony Magic of Xmas show. I will be performing with Noel Friedline (drum set) and also with the Symphony (percussion).See www.Charlotte symphony.org for show times.

Dec 12th and 13th Christ Covenent Church in Matthews NC- Xmas show-I will be playing Timpani/Percussion

December 20th The Messiah at Myers Park Presbyterian church. I will be playing timpani