Ted Reichman

new music, new bandcamp pages

I’ve been posting a bunch of new music on bandcamp.

my solo electro-acoustic music:

and a new electronic project called deaccssn:

It’s a very new direction for me: collage-based music built out of samples from the piles of worthless classical vinyl I’ve gathered over the years. I think of it as a deeply un-funky Wu Tang instrumental album. Or maybe a sound art project about the fate of artistic work in the digital age. All deaccssn music can be downloaded for free.

I’ve also been making videos for deaccssn, taking old silent films and applying the music in a Cage-ian fashion.

I am booking a series of solo shows for this summer. Check back soon for tour dates.

Solo Shows – Portland and Cambridge with Anna Webber

I’m very happy to be playing two shows opening for Anna Webber’s Simple Trio in November. This is a rather sentimental journey for me since the two other members of Anna’s trio are John Hollenbeck and Matt Mitchell. AND we are playing in my home state, Maine. So I’ll be quaffing Moxie while enjoying music like this:

and if you haven’t checked it out yet – my solo music can be heard here.

more solo shows are in the works. please contact me at the link above for booking or more information.


November 4, 2016
Dimensions in Jazz
Meloon Chapel of Woodfords Congregational Church:
202 Woodfords Street,
Portland, ME 04103

November 5, 2016
7:30 pm
The Lily Pad
Inman Square
Cambridge, MA


my new studio

this is my new studio…


2015 Year in Review

Lots of stuff in the works this year… things that can be revealed, and things that must remain obscure. At the moment I’m producing a new record for Tredici Bacci – America, or at least Boston’s, finest post-Morricone chamber sleaze orchestra. In addition to the rigorously lusty compositions of Simon Hanes, this record features vocals by such luminaries as Charlie Looker, Ruth Garbus, Vincenzo Vasi and some special guest stars who will be revealed at a later date. It will (fingers crossed) be released on NNA tapes later in 2016.

A couple of film projects were done this year, including Rebecca Wexler’s documentary “We Break Things,” as well as a big project I had to sign an NDA about and can’t discuss.

On the academic front, this year I was very fortunate to develop a new Jazz Composition/Film Scoring crossover class at Berklee with the great Terence Blanchard. I was pleased to discover that we have a ton of artistic common ground, especially when it comes to film scoring. He is truly a master musician and educator and it was a real inspiration to get to teach and work in the studio with him. Plus the Berklee Jazz Composition students were pretty fun too.

I’m also building a new studio which will hopefully be up and running in early 2016 for all of my (and maybe your?) scoring, mixing and general noise-making needs.

2013 Year in Review

In September of 2013, I became an Assistant Professor in the Film Scoring Department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I’m teaching courses in film composition and in technical computer skills for film composers (aka sequencing). Teaching film music at Berklee has been an incredible inspiration- it is truly an honor to bring this art form to a new generation of musicians.

And of course, I’m continuing to teach in the Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation departments at New England Conservatory as well, where I work on completely different things, more based on my work as a composer and improvisor. And of course it is a huge honor to do that too.

And I’m also working on as many film composition projects as possible!

Such as: in 2013, I completed the score for Tatanka, a feature-length documentary by Jacob Bricca which is currently screening at festivals.

I also continued work on Peter Cohn’s Holy Land, which is nearing completion as of this writing. Several other doc projects are in the works for 2014.

I’ve also been composing new music for small ensembles – my new trio (piano, alto saxophone and drums) played several gigs of all new original compositions in Boston and New York  in 2013 and more are coming. And very exciting things are in the works for the Kalmanovitch/Coleman/Reichman trio…

2012 – Film Music Projects, etc.

As the year winds down in a cloud of volatilized latke grease and mistletoe smoke, I send this brief summary of my recent activities in the realm of film music.


One of the biggest projects I’ve been working on is TATANKA, a feature-length doc by Jacob Bricca. I mention TATANKA first because, in addition to being an excellent film that I’ve become rather deeply involved in, it is wrapping up an already wildly successful Kickstarter campaign.

TATANKA is an epic story of the 1960′s and its aftermath as lived by Jacob’s father Tatanka, formerly Kit Bricca, whose resumé includes working with Joan Baez’s Institute for the Study of Nonviolence, organizing for Cesar Chavez, helping to start Amnesty International in the USA, bond trading, Native American shamanism, avant-garde/new age music, solar energy, and much much more! I hope you will check out the KS video and consider pledging some money to this project. Some music from TATANKA is up on my Soundcloud Page.

Dear Mandela – Update

This year DEAR MANDELA by Christopher Nizza and Dara Kell was shown in festivals worldwide (seriously- Ethiopia, Zanzibar, New Guinea, Malaysia, Kerala, etc….) to much acclaim, winning awards at festivals in Africa, Europe, and North America. Chris and Dara, along with activists from Abahlali baseMjondolo, have also been showing the film to students and activist groups in the USA, Europe and Haiti. It should be arriving on Netflix and other streaming services soon. A PBS broadcast is also in the works for early in 2013.

Great Expectations: Raising Educational Achievement

This feature-length documentary about education reform in Connecticut and Massachusetts directed by Jonathan Robinson began life as a mini-series for Connecticut Public Television but was picked up by the Sundance Channel and aired this fall. Short snippets with my music are available here and here.

The Hill and School’s Out

Two short docs by Lisa Molomot. THE HILL is a gritty story about urban renewal in New Haven. By contrast, SCHOOL’S OUT (co-directed by Lisa M. and Rona Richter) is about a forest kindergarten in Switzerland where the kids are outside all year long in all weather. SCHOOL’S OUT is so new that it’s not online yet, but you can hear a piece from THE HILL here.

Holy Land

This doc by Peter Cohn is a work-in-progress. He is filming four Israelis and four Palestinians as they make their way through the rapidly developing events in the West Bank. I wrote the music in the trailer on his site.

Meanwhile, I’ve also continued my teaching work at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where I am now on faculty in the Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation departments. I coach student ensembles and give individual instruction in composition, improvisation and instrumental technique.

Other music work this year included production work on two upcoming CD’s, Anthony Coleman’s “Method of Operations” (Tzadik) and Burr Van Nostrand’s “Voyage In a White Building” (New World), both featuring chamber orchestras conducted by Coleman and recorded in NEC’s beautiful Jordan Hall.

And though I have been taking a hiatus from schlepping around the world with an accordion, I have continued to write new music NOT for films which perhaps will emerge in some form, either on stage or on digital media, in 2013.

Summer 2012

I’ve created a soundcloud page where I’m planning to post works in progress – hopefully the content will change fairly frequently. Right now it has music from Dear Mandela as well as pieces from two of the films I’m working on this summer. “The Hill” is a doc by Lisa Molomot about an urban renewal project in New Haven and the lives torn apart in its wake. “Tatanka” is a very personal feature length doc by Jacob Bricca about his father, starting with political activism in the 60′s and traversing a broad swath of post-60′s American life including go-go financial dealings, mysticism and crackpot entrepreneurism.

“Holy Land” Trailer

I made some music for this trailer for an exciting new film by Peter Cohn. My music starts at about 1:00 and reappears at 3:15.

“Holy Land” is intended to be a non-partisan film about the current situation in the West Bank. As you can see in the trailer, Peter has already filmed some stunning footage of events there, as well as interviewed some pretty intense individuals. More information is available here.

Ingrid Laubrock Octet – SWR New Jazz Meeting

I’ll be in Germany and Switzerland in early December to record and perform with Ingrid Laubrock’s new UK/USA-based octet at the legendary SWR New Jazz Meeting… the band is:

Ingrid Laubrock – saxophone
Mary Halvorson – guitar
Tom Arthurs – trumpet
Ted Reichman -accordion
Liam Noble – piano
Ben Davis – cello
Drew Gress – bass
Tom Rainey – drums

we’re also playing gigs in Niederstetten, Karlsruhe and Zurich…. should be pretty good….

America Time Moving and Storage

Some of my music is used in this extremely beautiful short film by Karen Bellone and Lisa Rinzler:

This is a preview for an art installation that will premiere in LA on Sunday, September 25, 2011. More information is available here.