Rich Batsford is a pianist and composer (and occasional singer and songwriter) currently living in Adelaide, Austraia.
Rich’s enjoyable and engaging solo piano music combines artful classical influences with an easy going contemporary ear recalling Ludovico Einaudi, Debussy and Philip Glass.
With just enough repetition of each delightful motif to draw the listener in, the organic, yet purposeful structures lead to moments of calm reflection, bittersweet joy and uplifting climax.
Several of Rich’s solo piano works have been broadcast on national classical radio station ABC Classic FM.
The 2014 Adelaide Fringe saw Rich perform in the delightful setting of the State Dining Room in historic Ayers House. The critically acclaimed show featured Rich’s original compositions including new work alongside a suite of highlights taken from his debut album ‘Valentine Court’ as well as a live onstage improvisation to mark the release of “In the Moment’ (an album of improvisations) and a suite of classics from the world’s most famous living pianist composer, Ludovico Einaudi.
The sell out show was rated ‘Outstanding Show’ by Fringe Review.
Previously Rich has performed at the Edinburgh, Melbourne and Adelaide Festival Fringes, the Big Chill Festival (receiving an encore on a stage curated by Ambient legend Mixmaster Morris) and main stage at Europe’s biggest free arts festival, ArtsFest.
In 2012 Rich released ‘Mindfulmess’, a collection of songs referencing Ben Folds and Brian Wilson and featuring lyrics affected by his spiritual journey as a trainee member of the Triratna Buddhist Order.
“flowing melodic soundtrack, it’s very easy to feel the joy” Igloo Magazine
“delicate and graceful … artfully performed and sophisticated” Three Weeks
“a mix of well balanced energy and serenity” Kryztoff