QUALIFICATIONS / DISTINCTIONS / EXPERIENCE
EDUCATION / MEMBERSHIPS / ACTIVITIES / REFERENCES

RICHARD H. SMITH

Blk 543, 14-188 ,  • Serangoon North Ave.3  • Singapore 550543 • Mobile(65) 9 683 1952 •  Phone (65) 481-2567 • E-mail: mailto:simachi251@gmail.com.

Summary of Qualifications

I am an accomplished jazz guitarist with over thirty years of professional experience. I have performed with many well-known international artists such as Ernie Watts, Wess Andersen, Marcus Printup, Bob James, Richie Cole, Eric Marinenthal and Teramasu Hino on stage and on recordings in the United States, Asia and Southeast Asia.  My band, ChromaZone, won the Taiwanese award for best easy listening album of the year in 1989.  I speak and read Mandarin fluently and spent six years in Taipei arranging songs for popular pop stars. Additionally, I have taught jazz and classical guitar at the University level in the United States, directed the National University of Singapore Jazz Band, composed, arranged and recorded with many of Singapore’s leading artists including Dick Lee, Marina Xavier, Aubrey Ng, and Jeremy Montiero. I was guitarist/bandleader nightly at Harry's Quayside Bar at Boat Quay from 1992 until 2010, and currently perform weekends at The Big Easy at Resort world Sentosa and the Ink Bar in the Fairmont Hotel.I provide session work and arrange and develop TV and Radio jingles. In addition, I have exercised my language skills by acting in a Mandarin language TV series for SPH MediaWorks.

Summary of Distinctions

  • 1984 - Achieved Equivalency of B.A. Language -Chinese (see reference)
  • 1989 - Opened Grand Hyatt Taipei
  • 1990 - Release first ChromaZone album: “37.2” in Taiwan
  • 1991 - Won Taiwan Min Sheng Bao award for best easy listening album of the year
  • 1992 - Developed Family Life Song for Singapore Dept. Of Health
  • 1994 to Present - Numerous performances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra
  • 1994 - Began tenure as Band Director -National University of Singapore Jazz Band
  • 1995 - Performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in Dick Lee's Life Story with Sandy Lam and Tracey Huang
  • 1996 - Produced and performed on Live at Harry’s, Vol.1, “JAZZ” with Chromazone
  • 1996 - Performed with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in Dick Lee's Sing To The Dawn1996 - Contributed toward formation of the
                Thomson Music Club Big Band at Thomson Community Center
  • 1997 - Performed for President Ong Teng Cheong and His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah on behalf of the N.U.S. Center for the Arts
  • 2000 - Together with world-renowned Jazz bassist Victor Gaskin recorded the debut album of Singapore jazz vocalist Umi, which received
                critical acclaim in Europe
    .
  • 2000 - Was featured in the first Singapore Jazz Fest with ChromaZone.
  • 2001 - Represented Jazz Guitar in the First Singapore International Guitar Festival with Performance and Workshops.
  • 2001 - Acted opposite Bryan Wong in the SPH Mediaworks Mandarin language sitcom “Ad Wars”. (9 episodes).
  • 2001 - Arranged and Recorded Jessica Su’s album “Junk” for Music & Movement, including the original composition,” The Trembler”.
  • 2002 - Produced and performed on the Live at Harry’s Volume Two, “Mo’ Jazz”, including the original composition, ”You Are Here”.
  • 2001 - Represented Singapore in the First Singapore International Guitar Festival with Performance and Workshops.
  • 2002 - Attended week-long master classes with renowned Classical Guitarist Benjamin Verdery in Maui, Hawaii.
  • 2003 - Passed the Trinity Grade 8 for Classical Guitar
  • 2003 - Attended week-long master classes with renowned Classical Guitarist Benjamin Verdery in Maui, Hawaii.
  • 2003 - Produced, arranged and recorded Aubrey Ng’s debut album “Spring” for Music & Movement. Composed several songs including the
                single choice “Once Upon a Time”
    .
  • 2003 - Performed and Recorded with members of the Lincoln Center Orchestra; Wess Andersen; alto sax, Walter Blanding Jr.; tenor sax and
                Marcus Printup; Trumpet.
  • 2003 - Represented Jazz Guitar in the Third Singapore International Guitar Festival with Performance and Workshops.
  • 2004 - Co-Produced and performed on the CD “Bali Lounge”, including four original compositions and lyrics of the single “Somethings Wrong”
                which is MTV pick of the month in Indonesia May 2005,
  • 2005 - Performed for the Sultan of Brunei with the NUS Jazz Band.
  • 2005 - Attended week-long master classes with renowned Classical Guitarist Benjamin Verdery in Maui, Hawaii.
  • 2005 - Performed with the group “Bali Lounge” at the international Jazz Festival “Java Jazz” and also “Bali Jazz”
  • 2005 - Nominated for Newcomer of the Year by MTV Indonesia For the hit single “Somethings Wrong”.
  • 2005 - Represented Jazz Guitar in the Fourth Singapore International Guitar Festival with Performance and Workshops.
  • 2006 - Represented Jazz Guitar in the Fifth Singapore International Guitar Festival with Performance and Workshops.
  • 2006 - Performed with the group “Bali Lounge” at the international Jazz Festival “Java Jazz”.
  • 2006 - Attended week-long master classes with renowned Classical Guitarist Benjamin Verdery in Maui, Hawaii.
  • 2006 - Performed with the group “Bali Lounge” at the international Jazz Festival “JakJazz”.
  • 2006 - Began teaching Guitar and related courses at LaSalle/SIA School of the Arts.
  • 2007 - Produced and performed on Live at Harry’s, Vol.3, “JAZZ” with Chromazone and members of the Lincon Center Orchestra.
  • 2008 - Produced my critically acclaimed CD, "Liminal Man" Featuring Wess Andersen, Marcus Printup, andWalter Blanding, Jr.
  • 2011 - Graduated from LaSalle Sia with a BA in Musical Composition
  • 2016 - Achieved an MA in Arts Pedagogy and Practice from LaSalle/Goldsmith's College, University of London 

Work Experience

Dec.1994 - 2010
Music Director ChromaZone

  • Arranging musical performances on a daily basis
  • Guitar and vocal performance
  • Management and maintenance of sound systems
  • Band / management liaison
Harry's Quayside Bar
Singapore

2006 - Present

LaSalle School of the Arts
Main Study Guitar Instructor

  • Primary Tutor for performance Majors in Guitar: Jazz, Classical & Pop
Harry's Quayside Bar
Singapore

1994 - 2005
Conducter NUS Jazz Band

  • Arranged and conducted performances of the NUS Jazz Band both internationally and in Singapore
  • Composed and arranged a variety of music including large and small ensemble, vocal group and collaborations with both Western Classical and Chinese traditional instruments.
NUS Centre for the Arts
Singapore

Nov. 1992 - Nov. 1994
Associate Music Director

  • Composed, arranged, and produced music for commercially released recording and advertising commercials for radio and television
  • Directed band at Harry's Quayside Bar
Monteiro Music Pte.Ltd.
Singapore
March 1992 - July 1992
Band Leader / Guitarist
The Pub - Shangri-La Hotel
Kuala Lumpur

Nov. 1991 - Feb. 1992
Band Leader / Guitarist

  • Responsible for band promotion and bookings
Somerset's - Westin Hotel
Singapore
April. 1991 - Oct. 1991
Band Leader / Guitarist
Tiki Cove Restaurant 
Alaska USA

April. 1990 - Oct. 1990
Band Leader / Guitarist

  • Responsible for band promotion, bookings, and for promoting R.J.Reynolds Products
R.J.Reynolds
Taiwan
Dec. 1989 -  March 1990
Band Leader / Guitarist
  1. Arranged for grand opening performance
  2. Performed in jazz bar
Grand Hyatt Taipei
Taiwan
Dec. 1989 -  March 1990
Band Leader / Guitarist
  1. Performed at a variety of venues including Lai Lai Sheraton, Howard Hotel, and Ploughman Inn
Various
Taiwan
Dec. 1984 -  Oct. 1990
Recording and Arranging
Self employed
Taiwan

1979 – 1984

  • Moved to Alaska to perform at the Anchorage Sheraton with Jazz saxophonist Carl Sally. House band at the Sheraton 19790-82. Formed own group “ChromaZone”. Perfoemed with many noted Jazz Artistes such as Ritchie Cole, Mose Allison, Bobby Shew, and Jeff Clayton. Taught Guitar at University of Alaska from 1981-4
Self employed
Alaska

1970 -  Oct. 1979

  • Performed with various local Rock and Pop Groups, while doing independent Contracting in Masonry. Also Performed with many noted Jazz Artists such as Don Patterson (organ), Rusty “Night Train” Bryant, and Bobby Pierce (piano}
Self employed
Mississippi and Ohio
  

Education

  • 1970 - Graduated from Ocean Springs High School, Ocean Springs, Miss.
  • 1972 - Graduated from MDTA Vocational School in Masonry
  • 1983 - 1984 - The University of Alaska | Anchorage Alaska, USA
    Work completed towards degree of B.A. Language
    - Emphasis in language
    - B.A. equivalent in Chinese language* (reference: Dr. Diana Conway, Modern Languages, University of Alaska.)

Professional Memberships

  • International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE)
  • Jazz Guitar Association of Western Australia
  • Compass (Composers and Authors Association of Singapore)

Community Activities

  • Royal Lifesaving Association of Singapore
  • Volunteer performances for various charitable events such as; Spastic Children's Association , St. Anthony's Canossian School, Temasek Polytechnic Institute, United World College, Thomson Community Center

References

  • Jeremy Monterio , Managing Director - Monterio Music
  • Chan Fook Pong, PBM, Chairman, CCMC
  • Professor Edwin Thumboo, Chairman/Director - Center For The Arts, National University of Singapore
  • Mohan Mulani, Managing Director - Harry's Quayside, Transco Holdings Pte. Ltd.
  • Doctor Diana Conway, University of Alaska, USA
  • John Wubben, Director Humanities and Communications, University of Alaska
  • Mdm Chua Beng Hwee,  Deputy General Manager (Programs), Centre for the Arts,  NUS
  • Lim Seck , Director - Music & Movement Pte. Ltd.
  • Thomas Liao - Director, Tomas Music, Pte. Ltd., Organizer for the International Guitar Festival from 2001 to the present