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Richard Espinor
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My late Father was a jazz drummer but he sold his drum set in 1952 to pay for hospital services for my youngest brother who was born in 1952. I think I heard a recording of the jazz trumpet player Chet Baker in 1955 or 1956 when I was six or seven years old; it was my introduction to West Coast Cool Jazz from San Francisco, California. Jazz recording artist as: Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond, Dave Brubeck, Shorty Rogers, Bud Shank, Miles Davis, Henry Mancini to name a few.
I learn to play a drum set in 1964 when I was 15 years old; An older high school student taught me how to play a drum set and I bought jazz albums such as: "Time Further Out," "Countdown Time in Outer Space," Time Changes" and "Time Out" by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. I listen to the jazz drummer Joe Morello and bought other jazz albums with Joe Morello on the drums. When I lived in West Covina, California from 1970 to 1971, I played with a great jazz pianist and played bossa nova tunes.
In 1982 I wanted to learn to play the piano and I took piano lessons from Mrs. Sharpley in 1984. During the Fall Semester 1988 I played piano with a Cuban-Brazilian jazz ensemble at San Jacinto Junior College North Campus in Houston, Texas.
During the Spring Semester 1991 I took computer MIDI(musical instrument digital interface)classes at San Jacinto Junior College North Campus in Houston, Texas and learn to compose music using the computer MIDI systems. I have my own computer MIDI music studio since the Spring of 1997.
I began to listen to and enjoy movie music in 1980 and some of my favorite movie music composers are: Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini, Leonard Rosenman, Hans J. Salter, James Horner. During the Fall Semester 1991 at San Jacinto Junior College North Campus in Houston, Texas I wrote a music theme and soundtrack to the video play Dracula by the Drama department; it was exciting and enjoyable.
I took music theory, ear training and sight singing classes in Portland, Oregon at Portland Community College Cascade Campus from the Fall Term 2004 to Spring Term 2005 to help me write and arrange music on my computer MIDI music studio systems.
My favorite musical styles are: "Cool Jazz"(from the 1950s and early 1960s), Brazilian bossa nova and samba, Cuban salsa, Movie music themes, music from the 1980s, Dance/Electronic, Jazz Singers.
I was born in December 1948 in America and I compose original music using my computer, music software accessories, my creativity, musical knowledge, and I enjoy creating my original music.
I DO NOT play in a physical band. In other words, I use different music software to create my original music; I do create my own original melody or melodic or harmonic theme to all my original songs. Let me try to explain by using the following example: I had the funds to pay for recording studio time, pay for studio musicians, and other costs for recording my original tunes and for publicity and distribution - I would. In other words, I want my original songs to sound as professional as possible with the music software gear I use or to sound as if physical human being musicians were playing my tunes. For example, if a popular recording artist were to play my original tunes such as: Diana Krall, Michael Buble, or any current popular jazz pianist or easy listening pianist or adult contemporary pianist.
Do you play live?
Espinor creates music with his computer, music software and his creativity.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The internet has allowed unknown musicians, songwriters, and music composers a place to showcase their talents.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Band History:
Richard Espinor played in the high school band in the 1960s, Espinor learn to play the acoustic piano in the late 1980s, Espinor learned the computer MIDI system in the 1990s and Espinor continues to learn the songwriting and music business.
Your influences?
George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Burt Bacharach, Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Manuel De Falla, Stevie Wonder, Carly Simon
Favorite spot?
Brooklyn, New York
Equipment used:
Dell computer, Yamaha keyboard synthesizer, Voyetra sequencer software, MusicTime Deluxe notation software.
Anything else...?
The music web site is one of the best that I have experience on the internet; I began my music web site in 2001.
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