Posts Tagged ‘Richard Lainhart’

New Release Rack: Richard Lainhart & Lucio Menegon’s “An Abandoned Garden”

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Richard Lainhart passed away on December 30, 2011. A longtime member of the Albany music scene, he was an award-winning composer, performer, filmmaker and teacher. His work is regarded as seminal in American electronic music and his compositions have been performed worldwide. Lucio Menegon is an NYC composer and guitarist who performs throughout the United States and abroad.

Richard and Lucio performed together in 2010 and afterword initiated a series of three full recording sessions that became An Abandoned Garden, an in-depth yet minimal exploration of the emotional spectrum through the use of sustained, organic textures, hauntingly beautiful drones and evolving timbres.

An Abandoned Garden has now been released by the Rubber City Noise label in a limited edition of 100 on 12-inch black vinyl with hand-crafted silkscreen jacket-poster, wrap-around letter-pressed vellum band, full color insert and free digital download.

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Richard Lainhart’s Music on WVKR-FM on Sunday Morning

Friday, January 6th, 2012
Richard Lainhart's live broadcast performance on Star's End, WXPN Philadelphia, 5/15/11, 2AM. (photo by Chuck Van Zyl)

Richard Lainhart's live broadcast performance on Star's End, WXPN Philadelphia, 5/15/11, 2AM. (photo by Chuck Van Zyl)

Longtime Nippertown musician Richard Lainhart passed away last week. Read more here…

Scott Raymond will pay tribute to Lainhart and his music – as well as two other recently departed outside-the-box contemporary music composers Christopher Cameron and Barry Craig – with a special memorial edition of his weekly radio show, “Secret Music,” which can be heard online and over the airwaves from 9am-12noon on Sunday (January 8) on Vassar College’s radio station, WVKR-FM, in Poughkeepsie.

RIP: Richard Lainhart, 1953-2011

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
Richard Lainhart's live broadcast performance on Star's End, WXPN Philadelphia, 5/15/11, 2AM. (photo by Chuck Van Zyl)

Richard Lainhart's live broadcast performance on Star's End, WXPN Philadelphia, 5/15/11, 2AM. (photo by Chuck Van Zyl)

Contemporary composer, musician and filmmaker Richard Lainhart passed away on Friday, December 30 from complications following surgery.

A longtime member of the Nippertown music scene, Richard studied composition and electronic music with Joel Chadabe at UAlbany, and he was also the original namesake of Doc Scanlon’s Rhythm Boys, primarily playing vibraphone. He was a member of several other bands, including Signs of Life with Jim Sande. He was the first musician I ever saw playing the Chapman Stick in person. And by my recollection, Richard was the first local musician to release an album on CD – “These Last Days” on the Periodic Music label back in 1987. All along the way, Richard was unfailingly kind and encouraging to other musicians.

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Hump Day Unusual Moment

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater re-imagines Beethoven’s 5th with VidRhythm. Dream Theater rolls into the Palace Theatre in Albany on Saturday, October 15.

A tip o’ the hat to Richard Lainhart

LIVE: A Festival of Firsts @ The Brick Elephant, 10/03/09

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

The patchcords on Richard Lainhart's Buchla 200e/Haken Continuum modular analog synth system

The patchcords on Richard Lainhart's Buchla 200e/Haken Continuum modular analog synth system


It was wall-to-wall premieres of 21st-century music in Valley Falls last Saturday, as Re-soundings presented A Festival of Firsts. More than eight hours of adventurous modern music echoed (and resounded) off the walls of The Brick Elephant, the former Catholic church that’s now a concert venue as well as home to composer Mary Jane Leach.

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Be Here Now: A Festival of Firsts @ The Brick Elephant , 9/3-9/4/09

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

BrickElephantRe:Soundings is presenting a boffo day for new music with A Festival of Firsts, a day-long extravaganza of music and multi-media including running commentary by Mary Jane Leach and Damian (of Kalvos and Damian), an art exhibition, and no less than 8 premieres. It’s all happening on Saturday, October 3, 2009, 2-9 pm, at The Brick Elephant in Valley Falls.

Here’s the schedule:

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The Guitar Army of A Crimson Grail

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

As we noted previously, former Nippertown resident Richard Lainhart was one of the 200 guitarists in last Saturday’s performance of Rhys Chatham’s Crimson Grail at outdoors at Lincoln Center. It looks like it was a great show:

Video and photos on Big Ass Lens

Artforum review and photos by Andrew Hultkrans

A Crimson Grail at Lincoln Center (photo by BAL)

A Crimson Grail at Lincoln Center (photo by BAL)

Real Good For Free: “A Crimson Grail” at Lincoln Center

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

ACrimsonGrailOriginally scheduled to be performed last summer but canceled for safety reasons after a storm drenched Damrosch Park right before showtime, Rhys Chatham’s “A Crimson Grail” will finally be performed outside at New York City’s Lincoln Center this Saturday, August 8. The organizers have prepared for any kind of weather, they say, so come hell or high water, the show will go on.

The piece will be performed by 16 bassists and 200 guitarists, including former Nippertown resident Richard Lainhart, who notes that “in spite of the fact that the minimum amp requirement is 60 watts (therefore 216×60 = at least 12,960 watts), I don’t think it’s going to be all that loud. On the other hand, it could sound like riding a New York subway train with the windows open through the Gulf War – we’ll see.”

Listen to A Crimson Grail

Pitchfork review of A Crimson Grail

Blogcritics.org review of A Crimson Grail

A Crimson Grail at Amazon.com

What: Wordless Music: Rhys Chatham’s “A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars” and Liquid Liquid
When: Saturday, August 08, 2009 7:30 PM
Where: Damrosch Park Bandshell, Lincoln Center, New York City
FREE and open to the public.

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