During the past decade and a half,
"Cantor" Kaplan has focused on recording
Concerts typically include songs from Andalusia, the Middle East, Central and South Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, and North America. Performing in many languages, Richard often intersperses poetic English renderings for a more complete listening experience.
Song lyrics range from ancient sacred poetry to contemporary themes of ecology, peace-making and social justice. A supporter of "deep ecumenism," Richard often draws from other spiritual-musical traditions including Sufi, African-American Gospel, and those of India. Participatory audience refrains are an important and popular part of his concerts.
some of this remarkable repertoire, lovingly and painstakingly chosen from
this under-exposed genre of musical genius. Richard performs in solo formats
(playing piano and hand percussion as accompaniment) as well as in various
sizes of ensemble.
Bill Douglas, Elias Lammam, Chris White, Matthew Brubeck, Jeffrey Kaplan,
Tsippi Gabbai, Smiley Winters, Warren Gale, Alex Baum, Lila Sklar,
Bob Franks, Ed Williams, Amit Bleiweiss, Jim Helman, Sheldon Brown,
Jeremy Cohen, Gary Hegedus, Josh Horowitz, Cookie Segelstein, Faisal Zedan, Tim Rayborn and Geoffrey Lasky.
His latest presentations also include beautiful teachings and insights into
filmed at a recent concert near Boulder, Colorado:
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