Rich Panish grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he took up the guitar at age nine, without ever taking many lessons. In his early teens, he played in a rock band named Graven Images. By his late teens, he had been introduced to the music of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, John Cale and Nico, all of whom remained major influences. From age twenty-two to age fifty two, Rich stopped writing music. During this time he worked first as a business administrator and later as a public librarian. When he left his last job, he began composing, picking up the thread he had dropped long ago Aurora Song, his first recorded album, provided the score for the short film Fallen Leaf by writer-director Larry Gold. After the Cocoon is his second album. He currently lives in Catskill, New York, with his wife, writer Gillian Cummings, and their grey parrot.
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