Richard Crandell
  Reviews and News

12/12/06 Richard jams with Stanton Moore at the WOW hall! In this rare live performance, Richard and Stanton (with Brian Coogan and Will Bernard) pay tribute the Zimbabwean songwriter and activist Thomas Mapfumo. Listen closely as Richard takes his unusual Mbira style to a new level by turning the instrument into an amplified woodblock and playing with his knuckles. Download the track from here:

Richard's acclaimed guitar album "One on One" is now available for download on This new music site does a lot to help out the artists and connect musicians with fans. You can listen, rate songs and download - knowing that 75% of your money goes directly to the artist. This is a great opportunity to support Richard's music. Check out "One on One" here:


1. Mbira Magic takes #2 spot in the top 10 albums of 2004 in the Washington Post.
by Mark Jenkins
"Using a modified version of a traditional Zimbabwean instrument, this veteran upstate New York composer plays ringing, rippling improvisations that evoke Bali, the Andes, and Mozart."
December 30, 2004

2."Mbira Magic, is a testament to the ideal of liberation through restriction."
by Liam Singer at

3. "Mbira Magic offers a fresh reflection on the great tradition of this ancient and simple instrument, but also on its endless possibilities in the hands of a mature musician like Crandell."
By Eyal Hareuveni at

" If I could afford to take off and float endlessly on a river somewhere in the tropics, I would definitely want this playing on my headphones."
By Rob Hatch-Miller at

5. "Crandell's tightly designed and salubriously executed works are an absolute wonder, primarily because they're so damned beautiful to listen to....Crandell manages to sidestep both cliché and obviousness by exploring variable timbres, tunings, and tendencies."
by Darren Bergstein - The Squid's Ear


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