Richard Navarro

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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.

violin

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.

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Repertoire:

‘Showcase’ set – mixture of originals and covers, with bespoke Butch Auntie visuals (optional):

Just Like Heaven The Cure

Cloudbusting Kate Bush

Butterflies (orig.)

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

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Heart in My Pocket (orig.)

Keypad Milkfoam (orig.)

Madame Papillon (orig.)

Sober (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

My Way

Stormy Weather

I’m Beginning to See the Light

What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

All of Me

Misty

Classical violin

Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro (in the style of Pugnani)

The Lark Ascending (violin)

Meditation (Massanet)

Canon In D (Pachelbel) –

 Classical Piano

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)

Greensleeves (Traditional)

Amazing Grace (Traditional)

Air on the G String (Bach)

Overture to “Music for the Royal fireworks’ (Handel)

 

 

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