|Artists Genre: Alternative|
Classically trained, Rik performed in many orchestral
concerts during his youth:- high points included a
tour of the US and being conducted by Ron Goodwin. 8
years globe trotting, entertaining crowds from the
streets of Paris to Peru established Rik as an
extremely versatile entertainer.
Since forming the band The Avant Bards he has had the
privilege of performing at private parties for Nigel
Kennedy and his band including Jarek Smietana,
supporting the Ozric Tentacles and gigging around the
UK and in Holland.
Whilst enjoying the company of his fellow band members
in the trio – Rik has also recorded extensively on his
own and is a prolific singer songwriter and composer.
His works range from his first orchestral piece in
2005 – through soulful and sincere songs for picked
guitar and solo voice to up beat surreal tracks for
the whole band. Rik is a multi instrumentalist
playing, guitars, ripping violin, keyboards vocals and
has been compared to Donovan.
Influenced by great masters such as Mozart, Leonard
Cohen, David Bowie, and John Lennon, Rik sees music as
a method of communication and every one of his songs
has a message for the listener.
The Avant Bard is his solo name which gives him the
chance to air some of his more mellow songs and solo
Music is the expression, That can cut though, Out the
other side, Where our eyes are open wide, Saying what
needs to be, Allowing us to be free-er than we were
before, Exposing, Encouraging, Enlightening, To be the
Be er again.
The Avant Bard is currently releasing 2 new albums -
ONE - a live album - simplicity, guitar and voice with
deep sincerity and - BE BE BE - sending it out with
songs that touch the parts others don't - hear for
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