Minimalist compositions for guitar and voice inspired by the landscapes and folklore of the Far North.
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, he worked various jobs unrelated to music, but never stopped listening to the minimalist and ambient composers he had always admired. At age fifty-two, Rich left his last job as a librarian, and as soon as he did, music returned. Aurora Song is his first recorded album. He currently lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife and his grey parrot.