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- performing artist - producer - professor -

Richard Smith's solo recordings have established him as a veteran of the contemporary music world - with critical success on every one of his releases. His most recent solo recording, “Tangos”, 2014, was in the top 10 of the indie and contemporary jazz charts for over 5 months. “One World, Two Guitars” is an exciting duo project with the virtuoso Sicilian guitarist, Francesco Buzzurro. The duo tours regularly in America and Europe. His release ‘L.A. CHILLHARMONIC’ features Alex Acuna, Brian Bromberg, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Michael Paulo, Greg Adams, and the Tower of Power horn section.

Richard is also a full professor and former chair of the Studio/Jazz Guitar department at the renowned Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He holds a dual appointment, and is also a member of the new Popular Music Performance Studies department, the first of its kind at the conservatory level. His students are working professionally from Broadway and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to recording and touring with such luminaries as Marc Anthony, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, Madonna, John Legend, Bono, Maroon 5, Jenifer Lopez, John Mayer and current hit television programs American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, MTV’s Teen Wolf, and Glee.

 
Paros Greece guitar explosion

Paros Greece guitar explosion

 

Tango Fusion is a 2-to-4 day residency where students from band and orchestra come together with other instrumentalists to rehearse and perform an array of contemporary and innovative styles, including tango, cumbia, funk, fusion, bossa nova and samba. Dancers, narrators and featured soloists throughout the band and orchestra make this a diverse, inclusive, accessible, musical and educational experience.

Students with Substance 

Fostering strong relationships between students and teachers. 

Newstead College

Newstead College

 Chillharmonic Media is a record label and media source that represents Richard Smith, Buzzurro/Smith Duo, The Tango Fusion Residency, and other music and teaching projects