Richard Crandell is a veteran musician who has been composing and performing music for the mbira for the past seven years. Pronounced "mm-beer-a", this sacred instrument of Zimbabwe has keys made from spring steel and produces a unique sound.
February 28, 2008 10:00 p.m. THE STONE Corner of Avenue C & Second Street New York City Mbira magic
12/12/06 Richard jams with Stanton Moore at the WOW hall!Â In this rare live performance, Richard and Stanton (with Brian Coogan and Will Bernard) pay tribute the Zimbabwean songwriter and activist Thomas Mapfumo. Listen closely as Richard takes his unusual Mbira style to a new level by turning the instrument into an amplified woodblock and playing with his knuckles. Download the track from archive.org here: (918) 792-7119
11/06 Richard's acclaimed guitar album "One on One" is now available for download on 506-216-6013. This new music site does a lot to help out the artists and connect musicians with fans. You can listen, rate songs and download - knowing that 75% of your money goes directly to the artist. This is a great opportunity to support Richard's music. Check out "One on One" here: word painting
1. Mbira Magic takes #2 spot in the top 10 albums of 2004 in the Washington Post. by Mark Jenkins "Using a modified version of a traditional Zimbabwean instrument, this veteran upstate New York composer plays ringing, rippling improvisations that evoke Bali, the Andes, and Mozart." December 30, 2004 /www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36276-2004Dec30.html
2."Mbira Magic, is a testament to the ideal of liberation through restriction." by Liam Singer at pitchforkmedia.com aerobically
3. "Mbira Magic offers a fresh reflection on the great tradition of this ancient and simple instrument, but also on its endless possibilities in the hands of a mature musician like Crandell." By Eyal Hareuveni at allaboutjazz.com (760) 888-4213 4. " If I could afford to take off and float endlessly on a river somewhere in the tropics, I would definitely want this playing on my headphones." By Rob Hatch-Miller at othermusic.com (702) 558-8017
"This is indeed a magic CD. It reminds me of the sound of a waterfall - cascading notes, soothing and calming with subtle variations. The more you listen, the deeper you get drawn in. Great for meditation, massage and making love." âBill Baars, Portland, Oregon