I’m grateful to BBC Music Magazine for a short but sweet review of Borne by a Wind: “A thought-provoking selection of recent works by this Boston-based composer. Red Wind is the dramatic centerpiece, fusing poetry with an unusual and evocative musical soundscape.”

It was quite a trip doing the sound design for the Duke University Department of Theater Studies’ production of Euripides’ Medea completely remotely this spring. I’m proud to have been a part of this production team, which navigated many pitfalls and hurdles to livestream three performances this weekend.MEDEA POSTER-960x621

The Wire says of Borne by a Wind : “These contrasting, yet contemporary, modes of delivering Mackey’s words are set within tactfully spaced and stylistically flexible music.”

Read the full review here: The Wire.

Textura calls Borne by a Wind “Never less than stimulating… starry-eyed and mystical.”

Read the full review here: Textura.

Grego Applegate Edwards notes “Some composers create music as they might breathe. The music follows upon itself in a natural flow, like conversation idealized into a musical transform. That’s the feeling I get listening to Sid Richardson on his recent Borne by a Wind.”

Read the full review here: Classical-Modern Music.

ANEARFUL praises Borne by a Wind: “Richardson’s writing for jazz in a classical setting is the equal of Shostakovich’s, except it swings a little harder.”

Read the full review here: anearful.

Take Effect hails Borne by a Wind as “another exciting chapter in [Richardson’s] body of work that displays a chamber, orchestral and classical vision that few, if anyone, could replicate.”

Read the full review here: Take Effect.

My debut album Borne by a Wind featuring Nathaniel Mackey, Mellissa Hughes, Deviant Septet, Conrad Tao, Lilit Hartunian, and the Da Capo Chamber Players is out today on New Focus Recordings! Available on streaming platforms and everywhere CDs are sold. For more information, visit the album’s page at New Focus Recordings.
Also out today, the music video for LUNE featuring Lilit Hartunian. View it here: LUNE Music Video.

I’m excited to announce my debut album, Borne by a Wind, set to be released February 12th on New Focus Recordings.

It opens with Red Wind (2017), a collaboration with experimentalist poet and National Book Award-winner Nathaniel Mackey that features Mackey as narrator in excerpts from his poetry collection Blue Fasa alongside the Deviant Septet and soprano Mellissa Hughes. Earlier works on the album include There is no sleep so deep (2016), recorded by pianist Conrad Tao; LUNE (2015), performed by violinist Lilit Hartunian; and Astrolabe(2014), recorded by the Da Capo Chamber Players.

The album is available for pre-order on bandcamp here: bandcamp.com.

Recorded and mixed by Rick Nelson at Duke University with support from the Department of Music, the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, and Duke Performances. Mastered by Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio and featuring an incredible album design by Jessica Slaven. 690277900259_Frontcover_Digital

I was so thrilled to participate in the inaugural Tidriks Distance Learning session today, a Percussion Practicum for Composers with percussionist Chris Froh put together by the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. I wrote a short percussion sketch for Chris, who enlightened us on a whole range of topics related to it, from beater choice to notation, timbre, and setup issues. I especially enjoyed hearing fellow composer Eliana Echeverry’s sketch, which featured some complex rhythmic subdivisions over a constant pulse. A huge thank you to Gabriela for putting together this new initiative, to Chris for sharing his knowledge, and to all the other composers for weighing in. I can’t wait to hear Chris and Haruka Fujii play the other composer participants’ sketches over the course of the weekend.