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O sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His Name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Psalm 96, 1-2

The tones of air, I know not how they flow; where'er they move, all things melodious grow.
Faust PT II, Goethe

Recent
Recordings

Lost World Tango

Two Lonely People

Galaxy

Elysium

Blues for Zarathustra

Wings of the Morning

Cycles

Doloroso

17 Solo Piano Improvisations

Music in Three Parts

House of Counted Days

Voyage to Arcturus

Ron Thomas performances, recordings, teaching, composition and essays.

Influences

Click on the thumbnails or links to visit the websites of these outstanding musicians and teachers.


Buddy Thomas

My father, musician, industrial line mechanic and trouble shooter; taught me that in learning and doing things, nothing is impossible….

Glenn Thomas
(on left)
Precocious and prodigious, my brother and most tenacious friend, my first student who became my teacher also….

Marshall Taylor

The quintessential performer, with exhaustive knowledge and musicianship….


Roland Hanna
Ron was Roland's private student in NYC from 1968 until 1971 or '72 while finishing his masters degree in composition from Long Island University.


Will Parsons
Percussionist
and Musical Inventor, an American heartland pioneer….

Pat Martino

As close as family and more than the world’s greatest jazz guitarist, a profound musical thinker and composer…

Karlheinz Stockhausen

A major historical force in European music, I was among several fortunate American students whose friendship he enjoyed in the mid sixties…

Bill Evans

Whose music and methods completely redirected my life.

Miles Davis

Whose music and methods completely redirected my life.

Ludmila Ulehla
(left)
Composition teachers at the Manhattan School of Music, they represent the best of the original ideals of “The Music Conservatory”….


Nicolas Flagello

Composition teachers at the Manhattan School of Music, they represent the best of the original ideals of “The Music Conservatory”….


Vittorio Giannini

Composition teachers at the Manhattan School of Music, they represent the best of the original ideals of “The Music Conservatory”….

Raoul Pleskow

Hidden treasure… ”Mozart” to Wolpe’s Beethoven ….

John Cage

Once a year, endless cups of Chinese tea and long talks from 1965 until his death in 1992…

Hellmut Gottschild

His importance as a revolutionary thinker will not remain hidden forever….More than a Modern Dance Master, a renaissance thinker, the source of “physicality” in my music….

Ron Dewar

Anyone lucky enough to have heard him play or (better yet) to have played with him, knows that words are hopelessly inadequate to describe his musical gifts ….

Steve Heimel
Lifelong discussion partner; art and culture, broadly speaking ….

Hobson Pittman

(American painter and instructor) A guided tour through the minds of the great painters ...

Michael Steinberg

Creating a taste for Mahler and introducing us in 1959 to the music of Elliot Carter, Milton Babbit, and other forbidden fruits….


Igor Stravinsky

Inventing and inhabiting his own special world with it’s own peculiar dazzling gravity and light


Maryanne Amacher

Took Stockhausen seriously (as I did) in 1964 and applied his innovations to her own innovative soundscapes….

Jon English
Composer, trombonist, bassist, and lifelong best friend….

Stefan Wolpe

A “Beethoven” for the 20th Century, living in America….

Sergei Rachmininov

Haunting beauty made in secret places….

Herbie Hancock

Unofficially my greatest Jazz Professor; he is The Boss.

Sal Martirano

The generous, gentle, wildman of American music….

Dennis Sandole

Thanks to Pat Martino's recommendation, Dennis' teaching brought conflict-resolution to my Jazz /Classical quandry

Jon Toth

I wrote a TRIO ("Music for Violin, Cello, and Piano" for violinist Jon Toth and his cellist wife Liz and pianist Diedre Irons in the
mid 1970s.
   

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