Richard Li

Fretted/ Fretless/ Acoustic Bass
Richard Li

Richard learned violin at 10 and taught himself guitar in high school. In college, he began dabbling in Jazz and music composition. In addition to serving as director of the guitar club at National Taiwan University (NTU), Richard won honors such as second-place at the NTU Folk Song Contest in the category of composition, as well as second-place at Tamkang University’s Music Contest for composition and the honor of Best Composer at the event. 

Since discharged from the compulsory military service, Richard started playing bass in his Jazz bands. In addition to exposing himself to all kinds of modern Jazz pieces from U.S., Europe and Japan over the years, he has spared no efforts to team up with young artists in live houses and major Jazz festivals. Richard is also a big advocate of the music genre in Taiwan. Since 2008, he has never missed attending the annual Java Jazz Festival (JJF), the world’s biggest international Jazz event, and engaging in extensive exchanges with top-notch musicians at the festival. In 2015, he even successfully arranged Taiwan bands Skyline, TFP and Symbiosis to perform at JJF, opening the eyes of global Jazz lovers to the beauty of local music. 

Influences: Alain Caron, John Patitucci, Brian Bromberg, Tony Grey, Gary Willis, Mitsuru Sutoh, Brian Chiu, Lee-Ping Jiang, Lee Ritenour, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Dave Grusin, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Fourplay, Ripptingtons, T-Square, Weather Report...