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SAM RICHARDS (piano and other things) Sam was born in London in 1949. He studied composition, improvisation and piano with Alfred Nieman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also took part in experimental music performances led by Cornelius Cardew, as well as organising many of his own events. He then moved to Devon initially to attend Dartington College of Arts. As a composer and experimentalist he is particularly known for his large scale works employing semi-improvised strategies and various kinds of non-standard notion. Of recent pieces his “Fish Music”, in which fish in a tank become musical notation, was played by the strings of the Ten Tors Orchestra at the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, in November 2008. His “Kropotkin”, involving over thirty players, was premiered in the Peninsula Arts New Music Festival in February 2009. His most recent composition is “Four Drones” for the four flutes of the Experimental Flute Ensemble, directed by Rachel Miller. He has also written pieces for the Torbay Symphony Orchestra, director Richard Gonski. As an improviser Sam has played with Lou Gare, Eddie Prevost, Andy Visser, Mick Green, David Stanley and others. He is currently a member of Half Moon Assemblage, with Elie Fruchter-Murray and his wife Lona Kozik, with Tim Sayer and Nick Grew as guest artists. Sam leads the Sam Richards Jazz Trio, playing local gigs, and has written many jazz tunes. His “The Departure” was recorded in 1999 by the jazz quartet Rare Birds. He also created the Heliocentric Omniversal Travelling Band, a homage to Sun Ra. His freeform duets with saxophonist Mick Green are widely acclaimed. He now plays with The Jazz Crew. Sam teaches at the University of Plymouth.

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