A soon as he could climb up on the piano bench, Rick began experimenting with his first compositions by age 3. Even at that tender age, he was frequently a source of irritation and frustration to his piano teacher, as she required that he play “what was written”. Being both creative and stubborn, Rick continued to re-write these recital pieces. Soon after his debut recital, his teacher unexpectedly died. Rick’s parents decided that they did not want to take any further chances with piano teachers-- lessons and instruction abruptly stopped at the age of 3 and a half.
Here is what Rick had to say....
"Early on, I was exposed to the beauties and mysteries of Mesoamerica. My father as a young man had explored archeological sites throughout Mexico—Indiana Jones style; and passed that intrigue on to me. As a child, I recall vividly climbing the steep steps of magnificent buildings long deserted—fostering a deep burning to learn more about the people who built them.
Since then I have spent considerable time in Southern Mexico learning about these people, their lives, and legends. The more I learned, the more I knew that their story needed to be told…hence “Maya”
A few years ago while exploring “ruins”, myself, I began hearing beautiful music in my head. Some of the songs featured in "Maya, the Musical" were written in proximity of ancient cities once bustling with thousands of people festooned in glorious feathers and vibrant colors.
“Maya” as a musical has been an ongoing process commencing a few years back as a simple showcase in New York City. Then in 2011, thanks to A Stage Kindly, "Maya, the Musical" was debuted at the Baron's Court Theatre in London. It was a small, but well received production... now it is time to launch a bigger and better production.
Dios Botek (Thank You)"
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