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Dana Dimitri Richardson


Dana Dimitri Richardson (composer and lyricist) was born in Long Beach California in 1953. His music has been broadcast over more than 70 radio stations in the U.S. and Greece including WNYC and ERT, Athens, where he spent three years teaching music theory. During that period he was interviewed by Bobby Kanas on ERT and became a member of the Greek Composer’s Union

 His record released on the Dionysian label in 1987 features The American Chamber Ensemble. During the period 1990-1991 he wrote and produced a monthly series of two-hour programs on WBAI-FM that explored the relation between music and society. After earning a Ph.D. in Theory and Composition from New York University in 2001, he taught at Fredonia College and New York University. Since then he has taught music theory and history at Cooper Union, Nassau Community College, and Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. During 2004-2006 he worked as a securities analyst on Wall Street and is now running his own investment advisory service, Well-Tempered Capital Management, LLC, while maintaining his compositional activity throughout; he is presently finishing a work for solo oboe. In August 2007, he delivered a lecture at the Aspen Composer’s Conference on the relationship between syntonality, his original system for musical composition, and his compositional practice and in 2009 his article Syntonality: A new System of Harmony was published in the first issue of the SCI online theory journal. In 2008, his Ballade for piano solo was awarded first prize in the New York Composers Circle Competition. More recently, and in parallel with his concert music composition, he has been writing syntonal rock music. The CD, Bonds of Life, released in August 2014 is the fruit of that project.  His Hebraic Sonata for clarinet, and piano was performed at the St Peter’s Church in the Citicorp Building in Manhattan on February 18, 2014

He is also a published poet whose Aphrodite and Other Poems is available on 

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