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2/17 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: The Darla Rich Trio

3/17 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: The Darla Rich Trio


The Darla Rich Trio has performed in a variety of settings and their music has been appreciated by audiences of all ages across a variety of venues throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  They perform vocal and instrumental jazz, as well as jazz infused renditions of hymns, folk songs and pop tunes from more recent decades. For this performance, they are pleased to be joined by drummer, David Stier.


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Darla Isaacs Tarpinian is a bassist and vocalist. Her diverse vocal background has allowed her to apply a uniquely fresh and natural sound to the jazz repertoire. She attributes her phrasing and ability to hear chord changes to the harmonies common to gospel quartet music. After passing rigorous auditions, she joined the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus and toured Europe with the Cincinnati International Touring Chorus. Her time working with internationally known conductors and symphony orchestras demanded a discipline that was a useful contrast to the informal music of her past. Her move to New Jersey found her scaling back to smaller, less formal settings and eventually immersing herself in the complexities and rich harmonies of jazz along with studying the upright bass. Darla believes the sound of the bass has a quality and resonance similar to the human voice and enjoys the ability of the bass to interact with other instruments beyond its traditional role of providing the pulse. Born in Kentucky, Darla moved to New Jersey where she met her husband and musical partner, Rich Tarpinian.


Rich Tarpinian is a guitarist and vocalist who has been performing in the tri-state area for over 20 years.  His earliest musical influences were his music teachers and his sister, a graduate of Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY.  Rich’s Armenian heritage ensured that he would be exposed to the complex rhythms and catchy melodies of Eastern European music.  Growing up just south of the Canadian border, he was introduced to the extensive jazz programming of one of the Montreal radio stations.  Rich maintained his interest in jazz as he began studying classical guitar at the Crane School of Music while absorbing the sounds and culture of the local jazz scene.  Inspired by many well-known jazz guitarists as well as other instrumentalists, Rich immersed himself in the study of jazz guitar.  As a vocalist, he aims for a natural sound without regard to the time period of the selection. As a supporting musician, Rich has worked with many area musicians in both live performance and recording sessions.  He has led projects and has written and performed his own music. Rich teaches guitar privately and has taught in workshops. Rich plays a Gibson ES-165 and is a native of Massena, New York.


David Stier has 30 years of experience performing with a wide range of music ensembles.  He studied music at Chapman University near Los Angeles, California where he was taught by noted jazz drummer and co-founder of the Los Angeles Jazz Quartet, Kevin Tullius.  David also studied with jazz drummer, Tony Denicola, an influential music professor at The College of New Jersey well known for working with Harry James, Charlie Ventura, Kenny Davern and many other jazz icons.  David has worked with many area musicians including Darla and Rich Tarpinian, Michelle Wiley and Jeannie Brooks.  He has been both a leader and has had supporting positions in groups ranging from small combos to Big Bands.  

Hopewell  Creative Arts Studio, 17 Seminary Avenue Hopewell NJ 08525

Friday March 17th

Doors at 7:30 Show from 8-9:15

$10 at the Door