Playing in a band has usually been a part of Rich’s landscape. He joined a “standards” band in high school that performed occasional gigs at Social Halls in the Southern New Jersey area. He participated in the Vineland High School Orchestra, Concert Band, and Jazz Band as well as jammed with friends and their guitars in the woods. While attending the University Of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Rich formed his first band dedicated to writing and presenting original material. Within a year, the oddly named quartet, The Joint Dragon Travel Agency, won an honorable mention in the WMMR Breakout Contest with the song 33rd Street Subway Blue.
Along the way, Rich has studied music history and theory at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He also performed for four years as an actor, singer and dancer with the Mask & Wig Club, a sketch comedy cabaret troupe at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation he wrote a satirical song about politicians “on the take” called Shake Your Abscam , that was staged in their 1981 production.
In addition to developing a growing repertoire of original songs, Rich earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Radio, Television and Film from Temple University in Philadelphia. Upon moving to New York City, he founded Rich Paw Productions, providing Avid Video Editing and Music Supervisory Services for Documentary, Music and Corporate Communications Projects.
Piano Ramblings, a cycle of six piano pieces composed, performed and produced by Rich was published by DSM Producers for inclusion in the “All American Composer’s Library” of theme music for use in television, film and theatrical productions. Rich Brotman is a member of ASCAP.
In 2001, production began on the current musical project, TEREZ, in collaboration with T. Therese Byrne. TEREZ is a new collection of original songs brought to life with the unique vocal styling of Ms Byrne, dedicated to presenting an affirmation of beauty, hope and survival in these troubled times