Rich Coffey has been a creative musician all his life. Prior to settling down in Connecticut to raise a family, Rich had a diverse background as a professional musician—first in Boston then in New York City—playing in local clubs, composing for film and dance companies as well as touring with Astrud Gilberto as a trombonist/keyboardist. He has performed, arranged and composed for a wide variety of musical idioms from Brazilian jazz to classical and pop.
After touring with Astrud Gilberto (news item), Rich decided to take a left turn and pursue a multimedia career specializing in interactive design. (A need for stability and health insurance weighed heavy on his decision...) It has been creatively rewarding as well. Always a strong advocate of online learning through interactive multimedia, Rich's other site: vizettes.com details his work in this idiom.
Exploring, questioning, melding and discovering; Rich has kept the creative spark burning in many ways. He still continues to compose (and perform occasionally) although his primary focus these days has been producing content that straddles both his interests: music and multimedia.
From jazz to classical, from the sacred to the street, Rich's unique musical compositions and multimedia projects creatively explore a region all too often ignored by much of mainstream media:
Synchronizing original music scores with streaming audio to enhance musical understanding;
Writing “Songs in the Key of Strife” that examine topical issues while exploring rich harmonic progressions;
Building interactive vignettes that deal with the darker side of life on the fringes.
The projects presented on this site are intended to be both entertaining and "informational"—interactive songs and new media to move you, inform you, intrigue you, and perhaps even motivate you. Enjoy and thanks for visiting!
Did You Know?
Rich was profoundly influenced by the movie "Black Orpheus"?
Rich studied music composition from Pulitzer Prize winner Karel Husa?
Rich traveled to Rio—and on his first night there—heard his music being played?
Rich "collaborated" with both Neil Young and Edvard Grieg?
For further details about Rich (both his humorous and serious accomplishments) check out “Did You Know”