Born: May 11, 1951 Primary Instrument: Piano
RICHARD SHULMAN Jazz Bio
Pianist/composer Richard Shulman has been exploring consciousness through Jazz in his recordings, performances and compositions since 1983. The intent behind his music is healing, connection, and the expression of beauty.
Shulman has recorded 23 of his own albums, most of which are available on the label, RichHeart Music. Trained in the classical and jazz fields, he has developed a heartfelt language in these genres while splitting his output between jazz and music for meditation, healing and inspiration.
Shulman has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Art Park, the United Nations, the Kool Jazz Festival, The Amenia Peace Festival and a wide variety of other venues throughout North America and in Europe.
As a composer, Shulman has created over sixty pieces for jazz groups as well as songs and pieces for chamber ensembles, choir, and symphony orchestra. Commissions include a piece for the Amherst Saxophone Quartet, and May Peace Prevail on Earth for singers, symphony orchestra, three choirs, and jazz quartet, created for the World Peace Prayer Society.
Born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York, he began piano lessons at age seven. As a teenager Richard played organ at various churches, was the music counselor at a summer camp in Canada, and joined a rock band with future jazz recording artists Thom Rotella and Bobby Previte. Shulman graduated from the University of Rochester with a double- major Bachelor's degree in music (piano performance) and psychology while continuing to perform with Previte in the jazz-fusion band Thermopylae.
While at Rochester, Shulman also attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music and studied jazz improvisation with Chuck Mangione and Marian McPartland, orchestration with Donald Hunsberger and arranging with the legendary Rayburn Wright. Shulman continued his studies in jazz with Frank Foster while getting his Masters Degree in musical composition at the State University of New York at Buffalo. During those years he played onstage in concert with such jazz stalwarts as Thad Jones, Eddie Gomez, Pepper Adams, Jerry Dodgion, Freddie Hubbard and Al Harewood, and recorded his first jazz album, Wonder.
After moving to New York City, Shulman played in the studio as a session musician with the great jazz rhythm section of Ron Carter and Grady Tate; performed with groups such as The Richard Reiter Swing Band, Providence and Crossing Point; and recorded and performed with the acts Mr. Spats (Steve Evans, June Bisantz, Steve Swallow and Bob Moses) and Bobby Previte(with Dave Hofstra, Tom Varner and Lenny Pickett). The Richard Shulman Group, a jazz quartet, played regularly in the New York area and recorded the albums A Simple Gift and Open Spaces, and Richard also released the solo jazz piano album Solo Flight.
An injury in 1977 led Shulman to begin exploring healing aspects of music, and his studies in healing and meditation have informed his music ever since.
From 1996 through 2005 Richard focused on the creation of the CD and DVD/video Camelot Reawakened: A Vision Fulfilled. Inspired by an inner vision, this project follows the manifestation of Dreams of the Heart in music and words. The CD and DVD feature a 35- piece orchestra consisting of members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, a choir, soloists, and Shulman at the piano. The concert and recording session were conducted by Robert Hart Baker.
Related albums recorded during this time include the Healing Touch CD First Rites and a musical aid to introspection, Music to Walk the Labyrinth. The Camelot Reawakened CD won a 2003 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Visionary Award, and the DVD was a finalist in the 2006 awards. The DVD has also won an Award of Excellence and an honorable mention in the 2007 Accolade Competition.
A concert in 2008 with bassist Mike Holstein and drummer Sonny Thornton led Shulman to realize that this trio had the sympatico to become his regular group. 2009 brought the release of Sky Jazz, the Richard Shulman Trio's first CD.
Richard Shulman currently resides in Asheville, NC and tours and records nationally.
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RichHeart Music, 419 Creekside Dr, Asheville, NC 28804 Phone: 828-658-9604 and 888-699-3682
The Buffalo News says: Tracing down Shulman's roots could take much more space than these columns allow. His chamber jazz qualities betray a host of European classical giants. Closer to home, the Bill Evans harmonic approach is undeniable. So too is his debt to Keith Jarrett, both for his melodic solos and perhaps even more for that folksy outdoor quality.... There's also that airiness that's often associated with George Winston.
Hugh Wyatt of the New York Daily News calls Shulman most enticing... a new find... in the Keith Jarrett tradition who cleverly and interestingly weaves a number of different cultures into his music.
Don Slepian, writing in New Age Digest, lists Shulman's A Simple Gift as his favorite Jazz/New Age album.
Album Title (Record Label Name, Year released)
Solo Flight (RichHeart Music, 1985)
A Simple Gift (Signal Mountain, 1986)
World Peace (Signal Mountain, 1986)
A Higher Dimension (RichHeart Music, 1988)
Light from Assisi (RichHeart Music,1990)
Transformation at Assisi (RichHeart Music, 1992)
Music for Magnified Healing (RichHeart Music, 1994)
Ascension Harmonics (RichHeart Music, 1994)
Light Music (RichHeart Music, 1996)
Open Spaces (RichHeart Music, 1997)
First Rites (RichHeart Music, 1997)
Keeper of the Holy Grail (RichHeart Music, 1997)
Sacred Music for Healing Hands Vol.1 (RichHeart Music, 1999)
Sacred Music for Healing Hands Vol.2 (RichHeart Music, 1999)
Music to Walk the Labyrinth (RichHeart Music, 1999)
Camelot Reawakened (RichHeart Music, 2002)
Music of Peace (RichHeart Music, 2006)
11:11 Piano Meditations for Awakening (RichHeart Music, 2008)
Sky Jazz (RichHeart Music, 2009)
Blessings: Meditations for Taiwan (Grand View, 2011)
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