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Richard Shulman trained in both the jazz and classical fields, recording 25 albums under his own name and contributing playing and compositions to many others. He currently divides his concert efforts between performances of his meditative music and original jazz. Shulman intends his music to be “a positive influence for himself, audiences, and society”, and bringing beauty into the world is his driving passion.
Keyboardist and composer Richard Shulmancreates music intended to be a positive influence for himself, audiences and society.
A Musical Soul Portrait session in 1996 initiated a project working with the energies of Camelot to create a musical map of dreams coming true, including healing and empowerment. This process resulted in a CD, a video and eventually a theatrical musical developed between 2006 and 2012.
Since that time Shulman has continued to integrate Spirituality and Music (both Jazz and Meditative) and to aim to maintain a Spiritual Life in the midst of everyday living, in relationship, through teaching, performance, recording, writing, business and through sharing what he knows.
Richard has recorded 25 of his own albums as well as more than two dozen other recordings for which he has provided compositions, performances and/or musical production. Trained in the classical and jazz fields, he has developed a heartfelt language in these genres while focussing a significant amount of his output on music for meditation, healing and inspiration. He currently divides his concert schedule between performances of his meditation music and his original jazz as personified by the Richard Shulman Trio.
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 five pieces for jazz quartet as well as songs and pieces for chamber ensembles, choir, and symphony orchestra. In 1986 and 1987 he composed music for orchestra and jazz quartet during residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. From 1986 through 1995, Shulman was the principal composer for “Theatre of the Heart,” a cooperative of dancers, singers, and musicians dedicated to fostering community and the environment. 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. In addition, he has created hundreds of ‘Musical Soul Portrait‘recordings for individuals, couples, and groups.
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.
In 2013, Shulman returned to and enhanced his own musical stream of healing and Divine Alignment with the production of a new album entitled “Bliss of Being.” Although he has created eight albums of music for healing previously, these were all solo recordings, and “Bliss of Being” is his first ensemble recording with an intent of music for healing and divine connection. Shulman plays mostly piano on “The Bliss of Being” and a little synthesizer, and is joined by Adriana Contino – cello, Dielle Ciesco – vocals, Kate Steinbeck – flutes, and Bob Hinkle – crystal bowls to form The Pure Heart Ensemble. Bliss of Being was nominated for a Zone Music Reporter award in the “Best New Artist” category, tracked at #11 for two months on the ZMR chart and has been #1 on Music Direct’s “Soundscapes” twice and in their top 20 for over a year.
Jacob Rodriguez is a San Antonio, TX native who began playing the saxophone at age 11. He moved to New York City to pursue his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied under Joe Temperley, Dick Oatts, Chris Rosenberg, and Justin DiCioccio. While in New York, Jacob performed around the country with legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin, Cyrus Chesnut, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as with jazz contemporaries Walter Smith III, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Marcus Gilmore.
Jacob has been a member of the Michael Bublé band since 2007; he appeared on the Grammy Award winning album “Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden” as well as Bublé’s current “Crazy Love” album. Jacob is currently on a world tour with Bublé, playing arenas around the world and across the U.S.
“Performing with Buble has taught me the ins and outs of being a professional entertainer. It’s a daunting journey to be making a living strictly by doing music-related activities. You can be having the worst day of your life, but just have to grit your teeth and smile since 12,000 people are watching you who paid good money to have their lives lifted. It’s your job to put on a show, but I’m always up for the challenge.”
“Jacob has a great sound. His rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic sensibilities are outstanding. But, I think the defining attribute of his playing is heart. He tells a story with every solo. That’s a rare gift.” ~ Trumpeter Justin RayJacob currently makes his home in Asheville, North Carolina and has been adjunct faculty, teaching saxophone and ensembles, at UNC Asheville since 2012. He also records and performs with original music groups ranging from soul to free jazz to indie rock.