Richard Navarro is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose extraordinary live performances are fast becoming the talk of the UK live music scene.
Using a self-invented wireless loop station that allows him to record live from anywhere on stage, Richard seamlessly layers together vocals, violin, trumpet, percussion and piano to create powerful arrangements of both his own songs and well-known tracks.
“Finely-crafted songwriting” Joan Armatrading
As a songwriter, Richard is the ‘real deal’, penning and performing songs on subjects as diverse as an expensive first-dates, Facebook, or the debt crisis. Working in the studio with the Mercury award-winning producer Charlie Andrew (Alt-J/Madness), tracks from Richard’s latest album ‘Along the Lines’ have so far gained airplay on BBC Radio 2, BBC Local Radio and various radio stations in the United States.
The artist’s cutting-edge collaboration with VJ experts Butch Auntie made its sell-out debut at the Marlowe Theatre early in 2014, and the stage show, with its pioneering use of technology and bespoke visuals for each one of Richard’s tracks – has caught the attention of venues and music festivals across the UK and Europe.
“A wonderful voice” Susan Marling, BBC Radio 2
As an outstanding live entertainer, he is able to combine his witty, engaging original songwriting with an eclectic repertoire of well-loved material that stretches from looped baroque violin through to jazz standards and contemporary popular hits.
Strong and versatile enough to fill any venue, he is often called a ‘modern one-man band’, but one that bring his own unique character – at once both warm and inventive – to all of the music he plays.
When performing with as a three-piece or six-piece (plus horn section), Richard’s show becomes yet more powerful, with his unparalleled rhythm and brass sections lending further soul and groove to the mix, and showcasing the immense talents of Nicholas Thurston (double bass) and Rees Bridges (Hed Kandi, Dirty Vegas) on percussion.
“Classy” Robert Plant
Richard’s original appeal has not gone unnoticed: Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Joan Armatrading, Jem Finer (The Pogues), James Taylor and Gwyneth Herbert are among the artists who have invited Richard as the support act for their live shows.
With his calendar of 2014-15 appearances filling up fast, he is available for limited solo and band appearances in coming months, either alongside the synchronised live projections (Butch Auntie) or as a more intimate, music-only show.
‘Showcase’ set – mixture of originals and covers, with bespoke Butch Auntie visuals (optional):
Just Like Heaven The Cure
Cloudbusting Kate Bush
Scare Me (orig.)
Valerie The Zutons/Amy Winehouse
Cloud Lemonade (orig.)
Something in My Eye (orig.)
Kreisler – Praeludium and Allegro ‘virtuouso’ classical violin piece
Case of You Joni Mitchell
Heart in My Pocket (orig.)
Keypad Milkfoam (orig.)
Madame Papillon (orig.)
Keep Calm (orig.)
Mulberry and Rye (orig.)
Pictures of You (orig.)
Heaven Sees (orig.)
Carrie go Carrie (orig.)
Popular/jazz/funk covers with looping:
Ain’t Misbehaving – Fats Waller
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
All Blues – Miles Davis
Autumn Leaves – Trad.
Canteloupe Island – Herbie Hancock
Cloudbusting – Kate Bush
Case of You – Joni Mitchell
Cecilia – Simon and Garfunkel
Come Together – The Beatles
You Got a Friend – Carole King/James Taylor
Don’t Get Around Much Any More – Harry Connick Jnr.
Englishman in New York – Sting
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Glory Box – Portishead
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Ho Hey – Luminaires
Haven’t Met You Yet – Michael Buble
I Need a Dollar – Aloe Blacc
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake – Senorita
Layla – Eric Clapton
Little Bird – Annie Lennox
Lovecats – The Cure
Maple Leaf Rag – Scott Joplin
Nobody Knows You – Bessie Smith
One Day Like This – Elbow
Part Time Lover – Stevie Wonder
Rocket Man – Elton John
Summertime – George Gershwin
Sweet Georgia Brown – Django Reinhardt
The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – The Script
Windmills of My Mind – Legrand
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Walking on the Moon – Sting
Valerie – The Zutons/Amy Winehouse
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
Your Song – Elton John
Mack The Knife
I’m Beginning to See the Light
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
All of Me
Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro (in the style of Pugnani)
The Lark Ascending (violin)
Canon In D (Pachelbel) –
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
Prelude in C Major (Bach)
Largo from Xerxes (Handel)
Sarabande in F Major (Handel)
Prelude to Te Deum (Charpentier)
Panis angelicus Franck
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Theme from the film The Piano (Michael nyman)
Ave Maria (Bach)
Amazing Grace (Traditional)
Air on the G String (Bach)
Overture to “Music for the Royal fireworks’ (Handel)