Rapster's innovative music features his compositions, vocal, guitar and bass talents. An award-winning composer of Chamber music with University honors, Rapster enjoyed the '70s playing in the San Francisco Bay area fusion band Clouds, then toured with The David La Flamme Band, enjoying his share of sex, drugs, rock and roll so prevelant during that era. Well, Rapster's baaack, with some new muscular tracks that should find happy homes in a number of TV, Film and multiple media projects. His ability to blend genres guarantees an innovative style of original music.
Rapster is the consummate musician. He composes, arranges, plays guitar, bass, keyboards, tenor sax, raps, and sings. He sure does his thing, which has kept him in demand for years. Throughout his career, Rapster has played with some iconic artists, including Woody Shaw, Jon Hendricks, Julian Priester and Mike Nock.
Rapster is a musician who believes in World music...seeking to blend many genres into a fresh and innovative style of Jazz.
Comments from Colleagues and Fans:
"G`Day Brother... All the best to you! You are definitely a musical mastermind...with an ingenius sense of melody & crazy mad skills on the guitar!" (norman goodman IMW.com)
"Incredible guitar playing, solos are out of this world! Blows my mind...great production and excellent song. You have taken things to a whole new level...." (norman goodman IMW.com)
"THE DUKE.. what gets me is your guitar playing. Man, I wish to meet you one day and have you Line-Me-out on the guitar lines. I hope to have the money one day to come see you, shake your hand and play some music with you. I think your the best guitar player online! AWESOME BRO! (dace yates IMW.com)
A better world? how can we be? we'll just never see.. the way to be free..
I wanna get on the boat and go... Rapping, singing, ambient swinging. Soulful, smokey male vocals, moving, touching and hopeful. Male Vocals, Hip Hop, Jazz Rap
This latin jazz song featuring trumpet pays tribute to a great American hero.. a great Chicano hero.. Cesar Chavez.. melancholy mood.. broad soundscape.. attractive beat and bass.. lyrical trumpet.. factual rapping vocal harmonies.. Male Vocals, Jazz, Nu Jazz
Rapster raps about things concerning the survival of the planet.. pollution, greed, politics.. this poignant reminder of the tragedy of our times is captured in his rhymes.. with lovely vocal harmonies in the chorus.. Male Vocals, Hip Hop, Political Rap
Rapster loves outside jazz.. dissonant jazz.. Crossed my Wires is certainly another of his theme songs and features catchy spoken vocals and delicious outside jazz guitar to a great funky beat.. Male Vocals, Jazz, Jazz (pending cat.)
Rapster loves to do jazz ballads and counts them among his favorite songs..
Done It Again is full of sensual emotion and features lovely vocal harmonies on the chorus as well as a very expressive blues guitar solo.. Male Vocals, Jazz, Neo-Lounge Vocals
This instrumental modern jazz blues was inspired by a BBC series commemorating the life and achievements of Charles Darwin.. it features a B3 organ solo by Markku Vuollet and a synth solo from Dustin Graham as well as a lyrical outside guitar solo.. Instrumental, Jazz, Acid Jazz
An environmentally aware tune with innovative beat and structure. This is Rapster's poignant lyrical rap and harmonies with a guitar solo by Bob Forbes. Great soundscape for environment-saving themes in any media production or ad campaign. Urban and club scenes, too, or Fight the Power... Male Vocals, Electronic, Electro Hop
A jazz blues ballad that goes above and beyond.. this song is shaking people up on many sites.. "daring!" "exploratory".. avante garde or steeped in the jazz tradition? Male Vocals, Jazz, Jazz (pending cat.)
Hide and Seek is decidedly an industrial heavy funk groove albeit with definitely eastern flavor which has been emphasised by rapster's here very unique vocal style.. Hide and Seek won a song competition at the end of 2006.. and it just might have been the first internet love song.. Male Vocals, New Age, Ethnic Fusion
A Rapster theme song we might call this.. acoustic guitar blues with soulful vocals and tasty electric leads.. with a trad. delta feel but a unique form and structure.. Male Vocals, Blues, Blues (pending)
Hunger! is really avante garde fusion jazz.. the abstract cyber beat by brian mattson emphasizes the seriousness of the world hunger situation.. the absurdity of it.. add some expressive outside jazz guitar and choir style vocal harmonies and factual rap and you have the picture.. Male Vocals, Jazz, Jazz Fusion
A humerously cynical look at the world of artists, musical and otherwise.. to magical and catchy jazzy hiphop music, rapster's vocals, lyrics and solo guitar make this a truly unique, fresh and innovative track suitable for any kind of media.. Male Vocals, Hip Hop, Trip Hop
This was written during the first gulf war, 1991.. a new world order is what bush senior proclaimed.. since then we've only been shamed..
the wind quintet portrays humanity in all it's vulnerable confusion..
the electronic pounding sounds represent the military/industrial jugernaut.. Instrumental, Classical, 20th Century
How appropriate that i had to split this long composition into 2 parts.. one for each bush! part 2 is shorter but features "SHOCK AND AWE"
if you've made it through both parts.. congratulations, you survived the bombing!! both parts are filled with terrifying sounds and tragic poignant laments.. Instrumental, Classical, 20th Century
Rapster created a song to trane's alternative "summertime" changes from the 60s.. featuring a funk beat, vocals and lots of modern jazz guitar playing over the advanced harmonies.. Male Vocals, Jazz, Jazz (pending cat.)
This beautiful music by global trancemission (Peter Coultas) inspired my most sensitive vocal harmonies and rapping.. an ambient love song was the result.. a very popular song on many OMD sites.. Male Vocals, Pop, Pop (pending)
You can't be paranoid in paradise with this catchy melodic rocker rocking you with both classic and modern elements.. Margot's vocals and lyrics are sure to touch many while Rapster's music and guitar playing will convince the musicians. Female Vocals, Rock, Melodic Rock
A powerful modern reggae with vocal harmonies to rival the great Third World in their heyday.. meaningful lyrics that don't overdo.. if you love classic, serious reggae, this bud's for you:-), Male Vocals, Reggae, Reggae (pending)
This is an older track from 2005 commemorating the New Orleans disaster..
featuring speed rapping and many industrial and fx sounds (middle interlude) that would be perfect for any film usage.. sci fi, disaster, docu, horror, war.. Male Vocals, Electronic, Industrial (pending)
A sensual hiphop tribute to our bi-cultural relationship with Japan.. long a fan of the Japanese language, rapster and margot lend an understated steamy, sauna like atmosphere to this rather sexy song.. Mixed Vocals, Hip Hop, Hip Hop
An avante garde nu jazz blues for my cat, Paddy.. featuring some outside jazz guitar solos.. difficult to keep the groove happening in a slow tune so i'm told and also that i got the flow mastered.. Male Vocals, Jazz, Neo-Lounge Vocals