Rich Batsford: In Transience
Saturday 28th September 7pm – 9pm
Adelaide’s pianist and composer Rich Batsford has been meditating and practicing Triratna Buddhism for fourteen years and is training to become an Order Member.
First playing the piano aged nine, Rich’s previous musical practice also includes church choirs, a capella groups, the National Youth Choir, the chorus of a major symphony orchestra, indie guitar bands, an ex-chart Beach Boys covers band, a singer/songwriter album, electronica collaborations and genre busting Omnimedia Experiences, but he finally found his musical voice when returning to the simple yet infinitely versatile beauty of solo piano.
Seeing music making as an expression of his spiritual practice, Rich began composing and performing original meditative solo piano music. Most of his influences are classical, but his music also has a contemporary flavour and is very accessible.
With ‘In Transience’, Rich aims to open a space for enjoyment, reflection and connection and most of all, an experience of beauty. Impermanence often gets a bad rap, but without it there could be no wonder, love or positive change.
With recent releases via Sonder House, an American record label, following on from a re-recording of his debut album, Rich’s recorded music is reaching ever wider audiences having been played several times on ABC Classic FM and streamed online over a million times.
"Rich Batsford captivates the room within a few minutes of playing … his focus is unwavered becoming one with the piano … His passion is infectious, enchanting the audience. The pieces speak strongly of love, gladness, reverence and tranquillity."
- Fringe Review
”An enchanting weave of minimalist movement … a flowing melodic soundtrack. With a personality as bright as Amsterdam in full bloom—it’s very easy to feel the joy resonate from such an organic work that creates its very own delicate ambience ... immensely passionate with finely tuned elements of strength.”
- Igloo Magazine
“A mix of well balanced energy and serenity … Certainly an emotion stimulating performance for those who want to be taken on a reflective journey”
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be a Buddhist or a regular at the centre?
No, this event is open to anyone with a love of music!
How much does the event cost?
Tickets are $15, but if money is a barrier, please contact the centre.
Do I need to book?
Yes - bookings preferred.
Where to Find Us
We're in Newtown, a few minutes walk away from the station.