601398_10150897080554107_1480965007_nThe band “nostatic” has been through various iterations over the past 8+ years. The alumni list is long and distinguished, and I’m indebted to all the musicians who I have been lucky enough to share a stage with.

Currently nostatic consists of the core “trio” of Hiroo Nakano (drums) and myself (Todd Richmond – bass) with Claire Rifelj providing her amazing vocals. From about 2012 until mid-2014, nostatic mostly appeared with the “sparse lineup,” consisting of Claire on vocals, Rachelle Romeo on sax, and either Hiroo or Vincent Heckard on drums. There were other explorations including bass and drums, two bassists (with Steuart Leibig) and drums, and various other solo instruments. When Rachelle headed off to the warmer climes of Phoenix in the summer of 2014 and Vincent went even further east to Nashville, nostatic moved back to a more traditional keys or gtr/bass/drums section with Claire’s vocals leading the way. Midway through 2015 Rob Anderson brought his violin and mandolin into the mix, and nostatic moved back to the “sparse lineup” and the album “String Life Live.”  As 2017 moves in, nostatic moves with it, exploring more instruments and lineups, and new ways to revisit old tunes, as well as writing some new ones.

ns-live1-640nostatic alumni: Claire Rifelj (vox), David Winston Barge (vox), Sue Jin (vox), Stacey Byrne (vox), Vivian Rogers (vox), Tony Egan (vox), Chadwick Bishop (vox), Malika Chaterji (vox), Larkin McLean (vox), Gary Mendell (keys), Jason Olsen (keys), David Tobocman (keys), Rachelle Romeo (sax), Dennis Mitcheltree (sax), Kyle O’Donnell (sax), John Whoolilurie (sax), David Kochen (sax), Keiko Okamoto (flute), Rumi Flute (flute), Fabio Santana (trombone), Tom Ralls (trombone), Jun Iida (trumpet), Russell Zimmer (trumpet), Cico Silva (trumpet), Bray Ghiglia (gtr/sax), Jory Schulman (guitar), Curtis Fornadley (gtr), Jason Lee (gtr), Mark Chosak (gtr), Kurt Szul (gtr), Jay Dover (gtr), Bob Hamilton (banjo, gtr), Rob Anderson (violin/mandolin), Harry Hache (bass), Steuart Leibig (bass), Hiroo Nakano (drums), Hyung Kyu Lee (drums), Eric Allen (drums), Andy Crosby (drums), Rivkah Ross (drums), Tom Jedynak (drums), Tony DiGiovanni (drums), Vincent Heckard (drums/percussion), Roberto Guiterrez (perc), John Celentano (perc).