• Fri. March 10, 7 PM concert Patterson NY Library
• Wed. 3/15 Duets w Jacob Rodriguez @ White Horse
• Spring Equinox Concert March 19, 2:30 Light Center
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|Wed. March 15 Jazz night at White Horse duets w Jacob Rodriguez|
|Spring Equinox Meditation Concert at the Light Center Sun. Dec. 18, 3-5|
Join us to celebrate Spring Equinox with
Richard Shulman in Concert on Sunday, Mar. 19, 2:30 - 4:30 PM
Enjoy this concert with Asheville-based composer, pianist, and recording artist, Richard Shulman and hear the extraordinary sounds of the Kawai concert grand in the geodesic prayer dome of the Light Center. It is an experience of inner and outer beauty not to be missed!
Advance tickets $15, $20 at the door. Call 828-669-6845 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for advance tickets.
|Upcoming Events - Richard Shulman performances:|
Fri. March 10, 7:00 - 9:00 pm Richard Shulman Jazz and healing music concert, Patterson NY Public Library 1167 Route 311, Patterson, NY · (845) 878-6121 Concert is free and open to the public.
Sat. March 11, 8:00 pm playing piano with the AJO (Asheville Jazz Orchestra) at White Horse Black Mountain 105c Montreat Road, Black Mountain NC 28711 (828) 669-0816
Sun. March 12, 9:45 & 11:30 am playing music at Unity of the Blue Ridge 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River, NC 28759 (828) 891-8700
Wed. March 15, 7:30 - 10:00 pm Richard Shulman and Jacob Rodriguez in concert at the White Horse Black Mountain 105c Montreat Road, Black Mountain NC 28711 (828) 669-0816 Adv. tickets $10, $12 at the door.
Sun. March 19, 9:45 & 11:30 am playing music at Unity of the Blue Ridge 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River, NC 28759 (828) 891-8700
Sun. March 19, 2:30 – 4:30 pm Spring Equinox Meditative Concert at the UR Light Center 2190 NC Hwy 9 South, Black Mountain, NC 28711 Advance tickets $15, $20 at the door. Call 828-669-6845 or email email@example.com for advance tickets and directions.
Wed. March 22, 6:00 – 9:00 pm playing keyboard with Maureen Renihan at The Local, 179 Howard St., Boone, NC Call 828-266-2179 for info
Sat. March 25, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm presenting recordings from RichHeart Music at Shift Charlotte at The Oasis Shriners facility,
604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28262
Sun. March 26, 9:45 & 11:30 am playing music at Unity of the Blue Ridge 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River, NC 28759 (828) 891-8700
Wed. March 29, 6:00 – 9:00 pm playing keyboard with Maureen Renihan at The Local, 179 Howard St., Boone, NC Call 828-266-2179 for info
Fri. March 31, 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm Sat. April 1 presenting recordings from RichHeart Music at AMTA - NC American Massage Therapy Association - North Carolina Chapter Convention, Statesville, NC
Sun. April 2, 9:45 & 11:30 am playing music at Unity of the Blue Ridge 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River, NC 28759 (828) 891-8700
Thurs. April 6, 8:00 pm Playing keyboard with Bill Perkins Jazz Ensemble and the Johnson City Jazz Jam at Wellington's Restaurant in the Carnegie Hotel 1216 West State of Franklin Rd., Johnson City, TN 37604.
Call (423)979-6401 for reservations.
|New CD "Soul Purpose Meditation and Sacred Journey" with Brenda Lee|
Soul Purpose Meditation and Sacred JourneyBrenda Lee with music by Richard Shulman
Soul Purpose Meditation and Sacred Journey is an experiential guided voyage to explore our Soul's intention. Join us in the Sacred Garden with the Grandmother Tree for a clearing and alignment meditation. After this healing process we journey to a Sacred Inner Temple to review our Book of Life, gaining insights into our Soul's Purpose.
Click on CD image to purchase
|Finding Music - Why I really went into music|
Why I really went into music
Bobby Previte was in my fifth and sixth grade classes and I met Billy Savino in a science lecture organization when I was in high school. The three of us formed a band with guitarist Tom Rotella the summer of 1969 when we all graduated. The trio continued in the fall when Savino and I went to the University of Rochester and Bobby went to the State University of NY at Buffalo. We called the band Thermopylae after the mountain pass in Greece where 300 Spartan soldiers held back a 100,000 man Persian army for three days. We each wrote and arranged music for the band with myself on piano, Previte on drums and Savino on bass.
After our freshman year I got a job as a camp counselor at Camp Calumet in Haliburton County, central Ontario, Canada. Although I was a pretty terrible counselor the music director they had hired couldn’t play the piano and myself and another pianist/counselor were given the music director’s job. I had a wonderful and successful summer but also realized that I had a long way to go to get to the level of musical skill that I wanted.
This was confirmed that Fall when I auditioned for the music program at Eastman (owned by the U of R). Mr. Easley, the admissions officer told me I wasn’t serious enough and I should try another school. He told me that even a good student would take a year and a half to be admitted at my level. He would, however, allow me to study piano in the secondary school department.
How grateful I am now for his honesty! I got angry at Mr. Easley but I decided to go for it anyway. So I took the lessons, determined to succeed. Every day I went to the practice rooms, closed the door and faced an out of tune piano and my resistance. It wasn’t so bad, the music was lovely but I just couldn’t play it!
Each time I would sit down and play through the music as best I could, enjoying myself until I got to a hard spot. As soon as I started to really work on getting that spot right, I would suddenly feel anxious and just have to run out of the room to get a drink of water.
Gradually I learned to come right back and work on the trouble spot.
After a while when I jumped up to run away I was able to stop at the door. It became funny when I was able to just run around the piano bench. Soon after that I could simply jump up and sit down. Finally, as I learned to stay with it, I began to be able to feel the resistance and still work on the music at the same time.
Resistance is the border patrol of who we think we are. As we meet resistance we see the limitations we have accepted about ourselves. Resistance can be harnessed. Once we learn to recognize it, we can remain open to the feeling, and move through it to a wider perspective.
This sounds simple and doesn’t always feel easy. To break through resistance we have to love our goal more than what we would cling onto. I was learning to love music more than my inertia, and in the following year I was admitted to the music department.
While I was learning to play classical piano there were also opportunities to learn skills in jazz. Chuck Mangione was teaching as an adjunct instructor at Eastman and Savino, myself and our friend Jeff Van Nostrand got to take a weekly jazz improv class with him. In one significant moment out of many moments which were clearly frustrating for him, Mangione took out his flugelhorn and I saw first hand and up-close what the authority of musical mastery looked like, sounded like and felt like.
The legendary Rayburn Wright, who formerly had been an arranger at Radio City Music Hall was teaching arranging at Eastman and I got to study and learn with him. On top of this, the wonderful jazz pianist Marian McPartland came each semester for a six week stint at a local club and gave master classes twice a week which I got to attend.
All these things were helping me to develop enough love for music to teach me to overcome some of my resistance and desire for instant gratification. But there was one concert which showed me why I really wanted to play music.
Thermopylae was playing a concert of our creative music at the student union and in the midst of a bass solo on the Blues Project’s “Flute Thing” all three of us suddenly knew exactly where we were heading and how long it would take to get there. From a free flowing section we made it back to the theme in perfect synchronicity as if we were of one mind expressing itself. The experience of one mind made me want more of THAT and this was the defining moment of my choice to pursue music as a career.