• RICK

    RICHARD SACKS IS A PERCUSSIONIST /COMPOSER/MULTIMEDIA ARTIST. PERFORMING AS A CHILD ACTOR IN NY SUMMER STOCK THEATRE, RICK SACKS THEN WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WHERE HE RECEIVED THE BEST THESPIAN AWARD. HE THEN MOVED INTO THE ROLE
    OF MUSICIAN IN THE SUMMER STOCK THEATRE AND IN 1976 RECEIVED HIS MASTERS IN MUSIC FROM S.U.N.Y. AT STONY BROOK. HE CONTINUES TO MERGE THEATRICAL ELEMENTS AND VIDEO WITH HIS MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS. RICK HAS PERFORMED AT CARNEGIE RECITAL HALL, THE NY SHAKESPEARE THEATRE (PAPP) AND ALICE TULLY HALL AS A PERCUSSIONIST. AFTER TEACHING AT BENNINGTON COLLEGE IN VERMONT RICK BEGAN TRAVELING TO TORONTO TO PLAY IN THE ART ROCK BAND KLO. HE BECAME A PERMANENT RESIDENT IN 1982. HIS WORK AS A COMPOSER AND SOUND DESIGNER IN THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE HAS RESULTED IN CONTINUOUS PERFORMANCES THROUGHOUT EUROPE, THE US. AND CANADA. HE CURRENTLY USES THE MALLETKAT AND V-DRUMS ON TOUR WITH RED SKY PERFORMANCE (VANCOUVER AND BEIJING OLYMPICS, SHANGHAI EXPO) AND IS IN DEVELOPMENT AS COMPOSER/PERFORMER ON A NEW WORK WITH THIS GROUP (THE GREAT LAKES PROJECT).

    HIS COMPOSITION WATER MUSIC, COMMISSIONED BY THE VICTORIA SYMPHONY, UTILIZES REMOTE CONTROLLED FLYING FISH AND A DEEP-SEA DIVER COSTUME (WHICH HE CONSTRUCTED) COMPLETE WITH BUBBLES. FROM 2011 TO 2016 RICK WAS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF ARRAYMUSIC. HE CONTINUES TO EXPERIMENT WITH THE OVERLAPPING LINES OF THEATRE, TECHNOLOGY AND MUSIC WHILE HE FREE-LANCES AS A PERCUSSIONIST WITH SUCH GROUPS AS ART OF TIME ENSEMBLE, ARRAY, NEW MUSIC CONCERTS, GLASS ORCHESTRA, EVERGREEN GAMELAN AND MORE. RICK IS CURRENTLY TECHNICAL DIRECTOR AT ARRAYMUSIC.

    LIST OF ORIGINAL WORK
    • ANDRONICUS SOLO MALLETKAT FOR THE NOON HOUR SERIES AT THE COC BRADSHAW
    AMPHITHEATRE 2015
    • MISTATIM (RED SKY PERFORMANCE) 2015
    • BACKBONE (RED SKY PERFORMANCE) 2014
    • WATERMUSIC COMMISSIONED BY VICTORIA SYMPHONY 2013
    • ADVENTURES OF THE SMOID DESIGNED, DIRECTED AND COMPOSED A SHADOW PUPPET SHOW FOR
    EVERGREEN CLUB (OAC COMMISSION) IN TORONTO AND OTTAWA CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

    • NEVER ENDING STORY PREMIERE AT YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE AND THE SKIRBALL THEATRE NY
    2012
    • THE INCREDIBLE SPEED OF JAMIE CAVENAUGH (ROSENEATH)
    • DIB AND DOB AND THE JOURNEY HOME (ROSENEATH)
    • LE BATEAU PREMIERED AT LA CHAPELLE, MONTREAL 2009
    • SAMPLE OF DRUMS FOR OCTOPADS – CBC COMMISSION
    • SCAFFOLD II LIVE MUSIC (CONTINUUM) TO FILM BY VERA FRENKEL SHIFT FESTIVAL HOLLAND –
    NOV. 2008
    • TONO (DORA AWARD BEST MUSIC) RED SKY AT SHANGHAI EXPO 2012, BEIJING OLYMPICS,
    • VANCOUVER OLYMPICS, TOURING CANADA
    • ROCKET AND THE QUEEN OF DREAMS – ROSENEATH 2008
    • TEN PLANETS CD OF SOLO PERCUSSION MUSIC.
    • WRECKED 2007 THEATRE DIRECT
    • LION IN THE STREETS 2007 BY JUDITH THOMSON. RICHARD GREENBLATT DIRECTOR
    • CARIBOU SONG TEXT BY TOMSON HIGHWAY FOR RED SKY PERFORMANCE 2004-07 ARTISTIC
    DIRECTOR SANDRA LARONDE
    • DREAM IN THE PARK AT HIGH PARK – CANSTAGE – NEW MUSIC FOR MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
    2007
    • THE VENTRILOQUIST 2006 FACTORY THEATRE (TEXT BY LARRY TREMBLAY, DIRECTOR KEITH
    TURNBULL)
    • TROUT STANLEY BY CLAUDIA DEY AT FACTORY THEATRE 2005
    • FLUX BY BILL JAMES IN COLLABORATION WITH ROBERT STEVENSON PAGE 2 OR 3
    • MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE 2002
    • SIBS TARRAGON AND MARQUIS PRODUCTION (WRITTEN BY DIANE FLACKS AND RICHARD
    GREENBLATT)
    • TOY WEATHER – ORIGINAL FULL LENGTH MULTI MEDIA PRODUCTION
    • NOT WANTED ON THE VOYAGE, CANADIAN STAGE, NECESSARY ANGEL AND M.T.C. MUSIC BY JOHN
    MILLARD, ADDITIONAL MUSIC AND SOUND BY RICK SACKS
    • BIG FACE BY MARION DEVRIES FACTORY THEATRE
    • MIRROR GAME BY DENNIS FOON YPT
    • PINNOCHIO YPT ADAPTATION BY MARISTELLA ROCA (DORA NOMINEE)
    • MAD FOR BLISS VERA FRENKEL MULTIMEDIA WORK /MUSIC GALLERY
    • HANS CHRISTMAS ANDERSON W/ VANESSA HARWOOD,WILLIAM ORLOWSKI, HELEN PORTER
    • MICRO/M.I.D.I./MACRO C E E SERIES/QUAYWORKS FESTIVAL PREMIER OF SOLO MULTIMEDIA WORK
    • GODDESS TALES ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM, STORY TELLER HELEN PORTER
    • BALLERINA DANCEMAKERS SUNDAY SALON SERIES
    • PUNK DRUMS FOR NOEL HARDING; AGO EXHIBIT
    • THE PHOENIX VARIATIONS (A SUITE OF 12 SOLO MULTIMEDIA WORKS) 1991, MUSIC GALLERY