Richard Colombo - A Benefit for Artichoke Music
Artichoke is thrilled to welcome home Richard Colombo, a foundational figure in the history of Artichoke Community Music.
When we travel down those old backroads, thats when we finally find our way sings Portland songwriter Richard Colombo. The past four decades of his life journey have been shaped by his love of music. A gifted songwriter, performer, musician and teacher, he is known and loved for his engaging style of performance and teaching. His life has been a wellspring of giving: life lived ideas and touching experiences brought forward like familiar conversations. His songs tell stories that feel as old as the hills yet remarkably new and rich with themes of love and poignant passages. Often told in the voice of a character he has created, his songs are honest, courageous and bold giving us a glimpse of a world that is not often visible. He can also be remarkably silly and childlike. When he trades his Martin guitar for a banjo ukulele you should prepare yourself for a fun adventure. His beautiful clear tenor voice combined with masterful guitar work is often quite magical. A night with Colombo will leave you with the feeling of hope and wanting more. He has often been called one of the finest and most authentic heartfelt singer-songwriters working today.
Richard picked up his first Harmony guitar at age twelve and has been playing and singing ever since. He played his way through college and it wasnt long after graduation that he landed a steady job as a kindergarten teacher. I learned the magic of music and how it could change lives when I was working with young children. Every day I would begin and end the day with a song circle. It was the children that taught me that everyone had their own special voice and when you sing together in wild abandon it lifts and lightens the spirit and brings everyone together.
Richard began his professional music career as a solo artist while kiving in Sonoma County California in the early 1980s. It wasnt long after that he met Miche Evans at a music retreat. They became great friends and decided to form a duo called Richard & Miche. They became local favorites performing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area clubs, festivals and coffeehouses. Their first album Take a Chance featured eleven original songs penned by Colombo and Evans and received critical acclaim. After four great years the duo decided to part ways and in 1984 Richard left Sonoma County for Portland Oregon.
In Portland he continued to perform as a solo artist as well as in duos. During this time he also worked as a Singing Telegram Messenger and soon after decided to enroll in the music program at Portland State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis on classical guitar. After graduation he opened his own music studio in North East Portland where he taught guitar, songwriting and ukulele.
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