Fall 2011

I’ve moved to New York full time now, and very happy to be here. I’m teaching at Columbia University and loving it. I’ve also been getting in some good fall surfing! I’m working on some new music and projects and have slowly begun to start playing in the NY area.

DC Jazz Festival

They’ve got me very busy this year. Check out their website ( or my calendar for details, but here is a summary of where I’m playing:

  • Wed June 1 Trio at the Grill from Ipanema 8:30-11:30pm
  • Thurs June 2 DC Choro at the Kennedy Center 6-7pm
  • Fri June 3 Trio at Cashion’s 12am-2am
  • Sat June 4 Trio at Cashion’s 12am-2am
  • Sunday June 5 DC Choro at Grill from Ipanema 6:30-9pm
  • Wednesday June 8 Trio at Grill from Ipanema
  • Saturday June 11 solo guitar at Kramer Books and Afterwords 10pm-2am
  • Sunday June 12 DC Choro at Grill from Ipanema 6:30-9pm

Besides that, I have my regular gigs that are ongoing:

  • Wednesday in June  Mandarin Oriental Hotel in DC 5:30-7:30
  • Thursdays in June Eighteen Street Lounge (DC) with Soul Brazil band 10pm-1am
  • Saturdays at Baco Cafe in Brooklyn 2-5pm

Summer 2011

School is out! They say there’s 3 reasons to teach at the University level. June, July and August. This year will be the first in a long time that I’ll mostly be playing and doing very little teaching. Also, New York is close to the beach. So for the first time since I was a teenager, I can go surfing regularly. I am very excited.

Also, New York has proven to be a very supportive environment. I’ve made several great friends and people are very encouraging and energetic. It seems the energy of the city is captivating and we all feel like we’re on a grand mission. Strangers are still rude and the stress can be draining, but NY is still a great place to be.

January has always been a slow month for me. I think people are partied out from the holiday and want to stay home from the cold. You’ll notice the events calendar only has steady gigs, which become my bread and butter during the slow months. Things start picking up in February. On the other hand, the beginning of the semester is busy for teachers, setting up the courses. So sometimes the teaching and performing schedules match nicely. Other times, like May and December, they pile up on both ends — tons of exams and homework to correct and gigs just piling up because it’s either the holiday season or wedding season. I’m not complaining either way! It’s good to be busy sometimes. It’s good to slow down sometimes.

Spring 2011

I will be transitioning to New York City this semester. I’ll be at Georgetown in DC from Monday – Wednesday, and continuing my steady gigs at the Mandarin and at the Grill from Ipanema, but I will be looking for gigs and teaching positions in New York. Let me know if you can help!

Kennedy Center

I’ve played many times at the Millennium Stage and KC graciously published a page with a bio  and links to past performances. There is a link to the page under “Listen.”

2 Responses to News

  1. Rebecca Jeffreys says:

    Hi Richard- NYC!! Wow! Try contacting this guy. He is an amazing singer in NYC and very approachable. He does a heck of a job with Latin music too! you two would be a great duo! Are you hoping to permanently settle in NYC?

    • Richard says:

      HI Rebecca — I will contact him, thanks. The idea has been to settle permanently, but I really love teaching at Georgetown so I’m torn. We’ll see what the future brings … How’s the flute?

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