Cincinnati-based composer Jason Richmond writes energetic, dynamic works inspired by his love of travel. We are excited to feature the premiere of his Two Lights: Too Lite* (2017) on our upcoming concert with All of The Above on November 16th at St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church.
CSB: How does location impact your work?
JR: It impacts my work immensely. Having been a tour guide during the summer months while I was in school, I visited many places all over the US, particularly in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. I have used the inspiration gained from my travels to write various pieces; the sights and sounds that I see and hear to help to mold and shape my ideas.
JR: The music scene in Cincinnati has grown significantly while I have lived here – and in almost every genre outside classical music as well. More venues that are used, for lack of a better word, to perform “mainstream” music, have opened their doors to classical music, so we are seeing increasingly more performances of this music outside of a traditional concert hall. This in return brought new music to more and more people throughout Cincinnati, and they are responding well and showing up to these performances.
CSB: What upcoming projects are on your radar this season?