Richard Maegraith


theologian, artist

Richard is an Australian jazz musician living and working in Berlin, Germany. He holds a Masters in Jazz from Sydney Conservatorium of Music (having written an extensive thesis on saxophonist Warne Marsh). His main instrument is tenor saxophone, although he is proficient and has appeared on over 35 released albums with instruments including alto, soprano and baritone saxophones, flutes, clarinets, bass and drums. He has worked in a variety of ensembles in Australia including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, through to television shows of many kinds, theatre productions and of course, many jazz settings - which is his first musical love. In this genre he has performed with most of Australia's leading musicians and ensembles including, The Jazzgroove Mothership, Galaxstare, Java Quartet, Amphibious, Sydney Jazz Orchestra, Sydney All Star Jazz Orchestra, Judy Bailey, James Morrison, Mike Nock, Andrew Gander, Phil Stack, James Muller, Sean Wayland, Phil Slater, James Greening, Julian Wilson, Steve Magnusson and Jonathon Zwartz amongst many others. He has toured extensively with many ensembles, both nationally and internationally. He has also appeared and recorded with many international jazz artists including Chris Potter, Alex Sipiagin, Maria Schneider, Jim Pugh, Nate Wood and Bob Sheppard. He is working primarily as a pastor in Berlin (having graduated from both Moore College and SMBC, Sydney) with Batik International Church and is seeking amongst other ministries, to regularly incorporate the beauty of jazz and improvisation with musicians and others in various ways so as to experience the glory of God, known foremost in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Tags Spiritual Jazz/Sacred Jazz, Modern Jazz