Richard A. Waters - Resume 2010


1965 M.F.A., Painting and drawing, California College of Arts, Oakland, CA
1961 B.S., Painting, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

Summary of Qualifications

Professional Teaching Experience

1966 Taught painting theory at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Gautier, MS.
1967-9 Sausalito Art Center, Sausalito, CA, raised funds via the Sausalito Art Festival to equipped the sculpture department. Purchased equipment, hired instructors, set up classes, and taught classes in “Found Art and Junk Sculpture”, “Kinetic Sculpture”, “Sound Sculpture”.
1980-2007. Guest lecturer: San Francisco State College (series), Sonoma State U., Cotati, CA.(series and performances), Rohnert Park, CA, Lawrence Hall of Science, U. of CA, Berkeley, CA. “Exploratorium” (series), San Francisco, CA, Center for Music Experiment, U. C., La Jolla, CA., Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean Springs, MS watercolor classes.2006, Ohr Museum, painting workshop, 2009.

One Man Shows

1965-present. Schramn Art Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Biloxi Art Gallery, Biloxi, MS, Palo Alto, CA, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA, Santa Rosa Jr. College, Santa Rosa, CA., Loft Gallery, Bay St. Louis, MS, Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean Springs, MS.

Grants and Awards

CA, 1965 Lytton Award in painting. Oakland, CA., 1977 - Ford Foundation Research Grant, University of CA at La Jolla, CA, Center for Music Experiment. Artist in the Schools (grant). Designed music/art curriculum for preschool programs. Taught master classes to preschool staff, Sonoma County, MS Arts Commission Grant, MS Arts Commission - Katrina Grant for the Arts.

Exhibited Art - Painting, Sculpture & Instruments

1966 present. - Coral Gables Museum of Art, Coral Gables, FL, Schramm Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, “Whistle Stop” Gallery, Ocean Springs, MS, Renwich Art Gallery( Smithsonian Institute), Washington, D.C., Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA, Sonic Art Gallery, San Diego, CA, Braille Institute, Los Angeles, CA, California Crafts Museum, San Francisco, CA, Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Walnut Creek Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, “80 Langton St.”, San Francisco, Ca., Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA, Chico State Art Gallery, Chico, CA, Dr. Janssen's Bamboo Seminars, Hilo, HI., "All Hawaii" exhibit, East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo, Hi. 2003, Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean Springs, MS 2006. The Cedars, Jackson, MS 2007, "Backyards & Beyond" Jackson, MS 2008. Watercolor "Pascagoula River Morning" was selected by the MS Power Company as a retirement gift for Dr. Robert Khayat, chancellor of Ole MS, Oxford, MS., Southern Governors' Conference, Biloxi, MS., Williams Gallery, Gulfport, MS. Two man show with Dr. Gerald Wessler, Ohr Museum, Biloxi, MS. 2009


1968 performed in or led 5 music ensembles —“Gravity Adjusters Expansion Band” performing New Music, “Listen” a Jazz fusion band, “SEAMS” = “Sonoma Electro Acoustic Music Society” performing New Music, “C-SIDE”=(California Sonic Instrument Designers Ensemble) performing new music on new musical inventions & sound devices, “Totem” a mixed jazz/new music + theater ensemble, & “Petite Mal” playing electro/acoustic New Music in the following places: Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA, Palace of Fine Arts (museum), San Francisco, CA, Center for World Music, San Francisco, CA, The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA., Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, “1750 Arch St.”, Berkeley, CA, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Berkeley, CA, Mills College, Oakland, CA, Musical Saw Festival, Santa Cruz, CA, Sonoma State U., Rohnert Park, CA, Santa Rosa Jr. College, Santa Rosa, CA., Grace Cathedral, “Save the Whale” concert, San Francisco, CA. “Exploratorium”, San Francisco, CA., "Outsound"- New Music Summit. performance with "Ghost in the House", SF Music Center, 544 Capp St., San Francisco, CA 2009.

Recordings & Radio

1969 to 2006. “One” & “Hole in the Sky” (2 albums) with the Gravity Adjusters. “I Want to Live” album, “Listen” (won album of the year in the greater San Francisco Bay Area-1973), Public radio, KPFA, Berkeley, CA, “Midnight Special”, public radio, San Diego, CA, “Sounds of Science” CBS, NYC, NY., “World Seizure” and “Levitation” 2 cassettes with the “Petite Mal” Ensemble. Recorded 3 pieces for the publication + cassette “Experimental Musical Instruments”. 2 CDs with Tom Waits at Gatmo Studios, “Moanin’ Parade” & “Swarm Warnings”. Gatmo Studio band, "Sideshow Seance", with Tom Waits on his triple CD "Orphans". “Water Dreams” CD, Richard Waters and Friends, 2000. Recorded sound tracks for movies: “Mr. President”. remake of “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, short on death “Dewdrop”, MS Public Radio, MS Arts Commission interview with Judi Cleary. Concert with "Ghost in the House" Outsound New Music Summit, San Francisco, CA.

Television and Movie Documentaries

1980 - Walnut Creek, CA, interview about sonic sculptures.
Public television, Rohnert Park, Ca., studio interview about multi-media art directions., Public television, San Francisco, CA, “Art Notes”. interview and demonstration. Movie documentary, “Celestial & Wave - The Musical Instruments of Richard Waters”. "MegaBass Waterphone Demo" UTube. WLOX -TV "4 O'Clock Show' Biloxi, MS, interview about bamboo & musical instruments 2008.

Musician Collectors

Aerosmith, Airto Moreira, Todd Barton, Lee Charlton, Rubem Dantas, David Darling, Tony D'Anna, Tom Dondelinger, Karen Elaine, Reinhard Flatischler, Evelyn Glennie, Mickey Harte, Bart Hopkin, Evelyn Glennie, Dave Grusin, Kitaro, Chris Lamb, George Marsh, Robert Minden, Tom Nunn, Luis Peralta, Percussive Arts Society, Emil Richards, Steve Roach, Lalo Schiffrin, Tom Scott, Bert Turetsky, Tom Waits, Glen Velez and many, many more.


1995 - “Bamboo, The Musical Grass” 3 part article on a wide range of information on bamboo - growing/harvesting/curing/preserving, working, and making musical instruments in “Experimental Musical Instruments”.
1984 - “Percussive Notes” official publication of the national Percussive Arts Society (PAS). “Looking and Listening into the Future” - a projected view of the development of acoustic, musical instruments into the next century and beyond.
1985-1995 “Experimental Musical Instruments” (periodical) articles on Waterphones, superball mallets, enharmonic partials
1996 - “Bamboo and Music” an overview of acoustic bamboo instruments for “Experimental Musical Instruments”.
1997 - “Journeys to the East” An account of attending the International Bamboo Workshop in Anji, China for the American Bamboo Society.
2010 - "Wind in the Bamboo" article with photos for the American Bamboo Society magazine, April issue. A detailed description on bamboo wind flutes and how to make them.

Inter Species Communication

1967-1975 Designed Waterphone (pat. no. 3896696). Used successfully to call whales and other cetacean. Commissions by Green Peace, Save the Whale, and Project Jonah (New Zealand).
1977 With whales and dolphin in Magnalena Bay, Baja Mexico using sonic sculptures and musical instruments for film project.

Instruments on Movie/TV Sound tracks

“Star Trek” (music by Jerry GoldSmith), “The Man Who Skied Down Mt. Everest”, “Poltergeist”, The Wide World of Animals - “Calling Orcas”, The “Kung Fu” TV. series, “Alien Nation” - movie and TV. series, “The Young Guns”, “Bugsy”, “Powder”, “No Place to Hide”, “Truman”, “Mystery Men”, “The Matrix”, “The Three Ghosts of Christmas”, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, "Spirit" and many others.

Lectures & Presentations

"Bamboo - how to select, grow, propagate, fertilize, cure, preserve and work bamboo into musical instruments and sound devices" at the Mary O'Keefe Cultural Center, Ocean Springs, MS. 2008. "Bamboo Lecture" at the "Herb & Garden Festival, Ocean Springs, MS.2008. "Bamboo, the Musical Grass" at the Mercer Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Houston TX. 2008, "Touch the Gear" at the "Outsound" New Music Summit, San Francisco, CA 2009.

Richard has worked, performed or recorded with the following musicians: Mose Allison, John Abracrombie, Tom Beeson, Terry Bozzio, Bruce Cale, Lee Charlton, Dave Creamer, Fred Curchek, Tony D'Anna, Chuck Day, Tom Dondelinger, Darrell DeVore, Dave Dunaway, Jon English, Mel Graves, Bart Hopkin, Gary and Mike Knowlton, Mel Martin, George Marsh, David Michalak, Wolfgang Meltz, Andy Narell, Tom Nunn, Luis Peralta, Clyde Pound, Bryce Rohde, Tom Waits, David Wheat.

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