"An ambitious and daring composer... (who has) come up with a distinctive synthesis of modern  jazz, and contemporary orchestral music... his guitar solo on 'Strive' leaves a hunger to hear more."




Richard Nelson's "Deep River" CD, featuring the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Available Now at CD Baby, itunes, and Amazon.

"... a masterful suite by composer/guitarist Richard Nelson that merges jazz and American folk music." --Boston Globe

"... an atmospheric large jazz group setting worthy of Gil Evans." --Cadence


Richard Nelson is a composer and guitarist who fosters a healthy creative interplay between the in-the-moment spontaneity of improvisational explorations and the more deliberately organized realms of composition.  His numerous projects, including the New York City-based Makrokosmos Orchestra and his Maine-based Imaginary Ensemble, defy categorization with programs that can range from fully-composed pieces and progressive jazz (and improvised music of all sorts) to straight-ahead jazz and music that draws freely across the rock/pop/folk/blues spectrum.   Equal parts fun, serious, and zany.


Upcoming Shows

  • Jan 31
    Cadenza,  Freeport