William (Bill) Richards
I am a jazz pianist, composer, music teacher, and music theorist. I have performed at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, TIN Festival (Edmonton), the Edmonton Jazz City Festival, the Yardbird Jazz Festival (Edmonton), the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival (Saskatoon), the Forest City Jazz Festival (London Ontario), the Rocky Mountain Festival (Banff), the Yardbird Suite (Edmonton), the Bassment (Saskatoon), Beat Niq (Calgary), and the Cellar (Vancouver). I have been featured on CBC Radio and Global Television. I continue to perform as a soloist and freelance ensemble musician. I lead my own groups and am the co-founder/co-leader of Edmonton’s free-music collective FLUX. I am also a member of CELSIUS, a group that is an intrinsic element of the popular Jazz Art series (Société francophone des arts visuels de l’Alberta). I have composed numerous works for chamber ensembles, soloists, and jazz groups, composed and arranged music for video and television, and have created a considerable amount of electronica. My compositional style is eclectic, embracing contemporary aesthetics in addition to modernist and traditionalist elements.
I hold a Doctor of Philosophy, Music (specializing in music theory) from the University of Western Ontario, and the degrees of Master of Music in composition and Bachelor of Arts in music (high honours) from the University of Saskatchewan. My doctoral dissertation, “Transformation and Generic Interaction in the Early Serial Music of Igor Stravinsky,” explores the interaction of serial and non-serial formations in Stravinsky’s music circa 1947 - 1954 through the apparatus of transformational analysis oriented to a specialized theory of pitch-class set genera. The complete abstract can be viewed on-line at Music Theory Online (MTO) Dissertation Index and at souldogmusic.com (Music Theory). My master’s thesis, “Wanuskewin: A Documentary Film Score for Chamber Orchestra,” in two volumes, comprises a volume of prose describing my research and compositional processes that lead to the realization of the score and a volume comprising my score for a multi-movement work for chamber orchestra.
I have taught music courses at the University of Saskatchewan and at the University of Western Ontario. Presently, I am the head of piano and theory at the Music Program, Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. From 2004 – 2007, I was instrumental in the development of the proposal for the MacEwan BMus degree in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music as the principal researcher, writer, and architect of the curricular aspects of the program, and was the manager of the MacEwan BMus Degree Readiness Project. The degree was approved by the Campus Alberta Quality Council in September 2007 and approved by the Minster of Advanced Education in October 2007. I am now responsible for coordinating curriculum development for the MacEwan BMus degree.
American Federation of Musicians (local 553)
Alberta Music Industry Association
Canadian University Music Society
Society for Music Theory
Alberta Piano Teachers Association