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Musician Stephanie Richards Hopes ‘Fullmoon’ Resonates With Listeners

UC San Diego music professor Stephanie Richards in an undated photo.

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Above: UC San Diego music professor Stephanie Richards in an undated photo.

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UC San Diego music professor and trumpeter Stephanie Richards has worked with some of the music industry’s top talent, including David Byrne, the Pixies and Kanye West. But she’s also known for her experimental work, like a composition written for a carousel organ performed by a dozen musicians on an actual moving carousel.

Richards' latest work is her first solo album, "Fullmoon." Most of the record involves Richards playing her trumpet up against percussion instruments and capturing that sound reverberating back from instruments including a gong, timpani drum and piano.

“It’s like the moon, reflecting light,” she said.

The music can be alternatively ethereal and unsettling. NPR described Richards’ trumpet as “deep space wrapped around your head, a flood in the endless void.”

“It’s very experimental in its approach and may be hard to categorize,” Richards said. "It’s not avant-garde, contemporary, not quite electronic ambiance. It sits in this other grey zone. "

Richards will perform Fullmoon Wednesday night at UCSD’s Conrad Prebys Music Center. She joins KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss her inspiration.

"Gong" by Stephanie Richards


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