Buttons for Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube, Vimeo, and RSS Feed have been added to the header of each page on my website. Use the Contact page for email.
After using Youtube for many years, I have come to prefer Vimeo for sharing my music videos. Currently, I have 13 videos at Vimeo. More will be added over time. In addition, the embedded videos on my website -- such as on the Virtual Concert page -- have been changed from Youtube to Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/raldridge
A new recording has been made of Baltmore Rowhouse. David Arivett added the horn lines in my mid-size ensemble score to the small group recording that was made for me several years ago by Jason Shapiro and Philadelphia-area music friends. This is the closest thing that I have so far to a live recording of my mid-size ensemble pieces. It can be heard at the Baltimore Rowhouse page on my website.
A Music Licensing page has been added to my website. A link to it is on the navigation menu. The page describes how my music can be used in TV and film.
Looking For: A woodwind quintet to collaborate with a jazz group for the purpose of creating fun and adventurous music.
I have been a fan of the woodwind quintet for many years. One reason is I like how each instrument in the ensemble -- flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon -- has an individual tone color. Yet, they blend together beautifully as a collective. When I began to focus on writing for mid-size jazz ensemble several years ago, I used a woodwind quintet as a role model instead of a mid-size group being in effect a smaller version of a big band.
My vision of a woodwind quintet is to use it as a horn section in a mid-size jazz ensemble along with a featured soloist and a rhythm section with bass, drums, and piano and/or guitar. While my scores are written for flexible instrumentation, to enable the music to be played by many combinations of instruments (including saxophones and brass), I hear a woodwind quintet in my mind as I am working on the music.
My article on Mid-Size Ensemble has more about my concepts for this kind of an ensemble. The article also has two recordings as a sample of the music.
If the members of a woodwind quintet would like to explore these ideas, please write to me from the Contact page.
A Store page has been added to my website. A link to it is on the navigation menu. One can purchase MP3 downloads and sets of ensemble scores & parts.
One of my first projects in 2015 is to help promote Composers & Schools in Concert. This organization brings together contemporary composers and high school musicians. It is an honor to be a part of the CSIC community.
In 2013 I was contacted by Lisa Oman, CSIC Executive Director, and Nick Benavides, Program Director. They expressed an interest in my composition Salt Marsh Rag and asked for my permission to have it added to the CSIC Score Library. I was not familiar with CSIC. However, after Lisa told me about the organization I quickly became inspired by its mission.
Composers & Schools in Concert provides high school students with hands-on experience in the professional field of music composition through composer commissions, workshops, and a contemporary score library for young performers.
The CSIC Score Library is an online catalog of contemporary music, of diverse genres, geared toward young performers. The aim is to promote awareness of contemporary music and help educators easily locate contemporary pieces for their ensembles to perform. The CSIC Score Library is a searchable directory which lists scores created by composers –- including those commissioned by CSIC — that are particularly suited, yet challenging and innovative, for youth ensembles.
Composers & Schools in Concert is a worthy organization for your financial support and for promoting it to musicians and schools in your community.
For more information, visit the CSIC website:
A selection of my originals are available at Bandcamp for $1.00 per track. Purchasing these downloads is an easy way to help to fund new recordings of my music. https://rogeraldridge.bandcamp.com/