Stephanie Richards, Take the Neon Lights

Friday, January 25, 2019 · 7:30PM

White Box Live Arts, Liberty Station

2590 Truxton Rd #205

San Diego, CA

Tickets at the door: $20/$10 for students


After her "spellbinding" (NPR) debut record, new music trumpeter Stephanie Richards follows up with a premiere of works from her latest project. Using New York City as a backdrop, Richards selected poems from icons including Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Allen Ginsberg to name a few, and has crafted music for quartet that explores a spontaneous prose of grit and brilliance; the ugly beauty of the city. In conjunction with The San Diego Symphony’s fourth annual January Festival, this year entitled Hearing the Future.  The concert will feature Joshua White, piano; Brian Walsh, bass clarinet; Andres Munsey, drums; and bass, Mark Dresser.


Stephanie Richards is a trumpeter, improvisor and composer who explores the nexus of sound, spaces and senses. An artist who has “steadily established herself as one of the most engaging experimentalists” (Free Jazz Collective), she has composed works for music and carousels, scents, and submerged percussion and brass. Her 2018 debut record Fullmoon received praise from the NY Times, calling it a “bold pronouncement” and NPR hailing it as “spellbinding”. Richards has recorded with living masters of the 21st century to include creative pioneers Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill and John Zorn and improvisors Ravi Coltrane and Jason Moran. Her sonic explorations have led to collaborations with performance artists Mike Kelly, Laurie Anderson/Lou Reed and Yoko Ono. Richards is a dedicated performer of creative music and has premiered works throughout North America, Mexico and Europe. Her compositions have been featured on stages at Carnegie Hall, the Blue-note NYC and Lincoln Center. She is a founding member of Asphalt Orchestra, created by the composer collective Bang On a Can, where she has also worked with David Byrne, St. Vincent, Kronos Quartet, The Pixies and choreographer Susan Marshall. Stephanie holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, McGill University and the California Institute of the Arts and is on faculty at the University of California, San Diego. Alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas, Stephanie co-curates the “stylistically ambitious” (NYTimes) Festival of New Trumpet and is working on the release of her newest record Take the Neon Lights (Skirl Records), using NYC-inspired poems by Langston Hughes, Maya Angelous and Allen Ginsberg as a backdrop for musical exploration in 2019.