CD's

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Deep River

A singular jazz suite that reimagines and reclaims early 20th century American roots music, treating it at times abstractly, as a springboard for the ensemble's inventive improvisers, and finally in surprising though recognizable vocal settings.

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Pursuit

Pursuit Five-movement large ensemble composition, plus two quintet tracks.

"Guitarist Richard Nelson has written a suite of music that would seem at home on a jazz stage or in a contemporary concert- music venue. . . The writing is complex but emotionally engaging, dense yet clean and resonant. . . .The colors of the orchestra are spellbinding, evocative and powerful." 

--Donald Elfman, New York City Jazz Record

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Origin Story

Warm-toned, engaging, bold progressive jazz featuring guitarist Nelson's innovative compositions. Mingus meets Cage meets Hendrix.  Quintet features trumpet legend Don Stratton, alto saxophonist Tim O'Dell, and drummer Steve Grover.  Bassists are Sam Sherry and Greg Loughman.

 

 

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Figurations

Jazz trio album of standards and originals, with drummer Steve Grover and bassist Chris Van Voorst Van Beest.    Articulate, lyrical modern trio featuring guitarist Nelson. Warm and inventive with distinctive originals and standards ranging from Wayne Shorter to Cole Porter to Ornette Coleman.

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Upcoming Shows

Previous events

Date Event Location
Richard Nelson Imaginary Ensemble Blue, Portland Blue, Portland
 —  — “Our Big Band” - Music of Steve Grover, arr. by Nelson and several others. SPACE Gallery, Portland, ME 04101 SPACE Gallery, Portland, ME 04101
 —  — “Our Big Band” - Music of Steve Grover, arr. by Nelson and several others The Press Room, Portsmouth, NH 03801 The Press Room, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Resinosa Ensemble performs new RN work, others Olin Arts Center, Bates College, Lewiston, ME 04240 Olin Arts Center, Bates College, Lewiston, ME 04240
Richard Nelson Imaginary Ensemble Cadenza, Freeport, Maine Cadenza, Freeport, Maine
Makrokosmos Orchestra w/Band of Bones ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, New York ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, New York
Resinosa Ensemble performs new RN work, others Jewett Hall, University of Maine at Augusta, Augusta, Me Jewett Hall, University of Maine at Augusta, Augusta, Me
Resinosa Ensemble premieres RN work, others Corthell Hall, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine Corthell Hall, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine
With Aardvark Jazz Orchestra MIT Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge, MA MIT Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge, MA
Richard Nelson Imaginary Ensemble Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, Me Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, Me
With Aardvark Jazz Orchestra Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA
Richard Nelson Imaginary Ensemble Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, Maine Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, Maine
With Aardvark Jazz Orchestra MIT Killian Hall, Cambridge, MA MIT Killian Hall, Cambridge, MA
Makrokosmos Orchestra ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, New York ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, New York
Richard Nelson Imaginary Ensemble Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, Me Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, Me
Richard Nelson Imaginary Ensemble Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, Me Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, Me
Performance of my trio "Ascent" at Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival Mechanics Hall, Portland, Maine Mechanics Hall, Portland, Maine
Postponed!! Makrokosmos Orchestra Sir D's Lounge, Brooklyn, NY Sir D's Lounge, Brooklyn, NY
New Music for Jazz Orchestra Kresge Auditorium @ MIT, Boston, MA Kresge Auditorium @ MIT, Boston, MA
Premiere of my "Ascent" for violin, cello, and piano University Of Maine Augusta - Jewett Auditorium, Augusta, ME University Of Maine Augusta - Jewett Auditorium, Augusta, ME