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"Earth & Sky," aka The
Richard Shulman Trio

Earth & Sky
Earth & Sky (The RS Trio) is:

Richard Shulman - piano
Mike Holstein - bass
Sonny Thornton - Drums

Earth & Sky primarily performs the "Sky Jazz" of composer Richard Shulman as represented by our CD of the same name, along with our favorite standards from the Great American Songbook.
RS Trio (Earth & Sky) playing "In Between the Blue & Green" Aug. 24, 2014 at White Horse Black Mountain, Black Mountain, NC. Video by Roland

Contact: RichHeart Music,, 888-699-3682,
Earth & Sky is the new name for the Richard Shulman Trio. "Earth & Sky" describes the integration of inspiration and interaction that we experience in our performances. Each of us is listening to our inner inspiration and to each other, being present to both in the flow of an ecstatic creation. This blending of inner and outer resonates with audiences as uplifting and electrifying.

"...what continually intrigues me with your contribution, is the inter-blending of the music of inner peace with the standard jazz repertoire.... That instrumental arrangement and the musicians involved are as pure, crystal clear an example of melodically-driven, creatively-innovative jazz expression as you'll find anywhere in the greater area. Everyone is an original painter in their own right. And when you put them together working on the same space the frescoes that spill forth are really quite astounding!"
Rick Dowdeswell, drummer and jazz afficianado

"Really, really impressive, Richard. Awesome playing, all the way. All 3 of you really have a tremendous sense of dynamic and space that's a real treat for the listener.... Please definitely do more what I'd call Chamber Jazz 'cause I enjoy the Classical sensibilities you have, while still keeping that good pace and pulse.... Great work on all." Kima Moore - Composer

"...These cats can play, no doubt about it!" Bill Binkleman � Music Matters, Inspired Retailer

Live at the Altamont, Asheville, NC - Richard Shulman, Mike Holstein, and Sonny Thornton
Photo by Frank Zipperer