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Rich Batsford

New Album – Valentine Court Recaught

My latest album is a new version of my first solo album of almost ten years ago, Valentine Court – a collection of piano solos leading from a gentle opening through beguiling and meditative territory to moments of powerful climax and resolution. Entitled Valentine Court Recaught, this new version features a much improved piano sound and...Continue reading

Das Land Ohne Musik – live album released of my collaboration with Einstellung

In 2007 I collaborated with Einstellung – an instrumental rock band who meld powerful Black Sabbath-esque riffs with My Bloody Valentine style shoe gaze over a driving repetitive beat reminiscent of krautrock bands such as Neu!  I love the hypnotic and rhythmic feel to their music and the way it gradually builds towards powerful climatic...Continue reading

Impressionism in Art and Music

Some favourites from a visit to the Impressionism exhibition in the Art Gallery of South Australia. I found it a very moving experience, with each section moving onwards and culminating in the wondrous ‘Water-Lily Pond, Symphony in Rose’ by Claude Monet. I’ve long felt the French composers of the era, some of whom were also...Continue reading

Buddhism and Myanmar

Like many people I’ve been shocked by the horrific violence in Myanmar, but perhaps especially because its been perpetrated by Buddhists and I am a Buddhist myself.  I condemn violence in any form – as a Buddhist, one might think that goes without saying, but sadly, this issue, and others before it, suggest otherwise.  I...Continue reading
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