|:: About Richard Hallebeek ::
QUICK FACTS ABOUT RICHARD
*Has been playing guitar professionally for over 30 years and has recorded and/or played with Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, Scott Kinsey, Dan Gilbert, Carl Verheyen, Michael Angelo Batio, Marco Minnemann, Steve Hunt, Allan Holdsworth a.o.
*Started playing at age 10 and at age 17, started his studies at the Royal Conservatory in Amsterdam for 6 years and studied for a year at GIT in Los Angeles
*While in LA., recorded the fusion classic ‘Generator’ for Mark Varney’s legendary Legato Label at age 22. That cd also featured Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, Carl Verheyen, Scott Kinsey.
*Performed two years in a row (2010 and 2011) at the Ziua Chitarelor Festival in Bucharest with Andy Timmons, Greg Howe, Guthrie Govan, Brett Garsed, Mattias Eklundh.
*Teached and performed live for 4 days with Allan Holdsworth and Kiko Loureiro at the ESC 2011 festival in Sicily, Italy.
*4th price winner of the wordwide Yamaha Band Explosion contest at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan in 1989.
*In 1993, out of 350 entries, Richard became the 2nd price winner of the Ibanez Guitar Award at the finale in Ahoy, Rotterdam.
*In 2010, Richard headlined the ‘Meeting Of The Spirits’ festival in Leewarden, Holland together with Greg Howe and Carl Verheyen.
*Richard has performed on the Weaveworld trilogy from keyboard prodigy Lalle Larsson (ranking #3 best keyboardist in 2011 Keyboardmagazine polls)
*Richard has done two tours throughout Holland and Germany in 2011 and 2012 with Guthrie Govan and Jose de Castro as a ‘rock-blues-fusion G3’ project.
* Teaches harmony, theory, guitar, bandcoaching at Tune Up music school in Haarlem
Born august 2, 1969 in Bilthoven, Netherlands,
Richard Hallebeek started playing guitar at
age 10 and took lessons from local teachers.
He formed some local bands and started performing
in various jazz and rock groups already at
age 12. Completely emerging himself in music
as a total guitar-nerd, influences early on
were The Beatles, Pat Martino, Allan Holdsworth,
Weather Report, Charlie Parker, Eddie Van
Halen, Pat Metheny, the radio and every album
he could get his hands on at the local library.
Already at the age of 17 he was the youngest
guitar player ever to be submitted to the
Hilversum Conservatory, a conservatory best
known for it's strong jazz history drawing
musician's from all over Europe. Richard studied
with jazz legend Wim Overgaauw and graduates
with a master’s degree after a 6-year
study of jazz, composition and improvisation.
After his graduation,
in 1989 Richard joins his first pop group
called ‘What A Gig’. Soon after
he joins the band, they become the winner
of the Dutch 'Yamaha Band Explosion' contest.
The Yamaha Band Explosion is a world wide
talent search for bands writing their own
songs. The grand finale was held summer
1989 at the Budokan Hall, Japan, Tokyo. In the jury were a.o.
Bon Jovi, Europe singer Joey Tempest and Casiopea
guitarist Issei Noro. Hallebeek and his band
finished fourth with their song "Question
of Love' and they join Jon Bon Jovi for the
encore onstage, together playing The Beatles
classic ‘Get Back’
In 1993 Richard
was chosen out of more then 350 entries to
take part in the International Ibanez Guitar
Award with 8 other players to fight for the
title of 'Best All Round Player'. The finale
took place in Ahoy, Rotterdam and in the
jury were a.o. Alex Skolnick (Testament) and
Dutch session ace Lex Bolderdijk. Performing
the Jazz Standard 'Road Song', the Rock Classic
'After Midnight' in an 'all instrumental'
version and playing an unaccompanied solo,
Hallebeek became the second price winner and
took home the 2nd price; a little 15 W amp
and practised some more.
in the '90's Richard plays steady gigs in a variety of
different coverbands, he teaches and does countless
sessions and studiowork for radio, movies,
commercials, (Dutch PTT Phonecompany, Hooghoudt,
Region Police, Fokker, etc.etc.) and TV.
In 1994 he receives a scholarship for a foreign
study from The Prins Bernhard Fonds. At the
end of '94 he leaves to Los Angeles for a
one year study at the Musician's Institute
to study arranging, composition and improvisation.
He studies guitar with Scott Henderson, Dan Gilbert,
TJ Helmerich and Brett Garsed, a.o. He graduates
after a year with an honors degree.
It’s at his new home at Orchid Avenue,
Hollywood, where Richard meets his 'improvising
over strange chord progressions' neighbor,
Antti Kotikoski, a young guitar player from
Finland. Antti has a big influence on the
way Richard looks at music, composing and
improvising. Together they team up to do a
weekly performance at the Musician's Institute P-100 concert room
with various musician's at first, but later
notably with Jan Fabricky on drums and J.Kleutgens
on bass. Their goal is to write strong material,
while still staying true to their guitar roots
and leaving a lot of room for improvisation.
With their music ranging from rock, fusion,
jazz to pop and heavy riffs they gain quite
a following at their weekly perfomances at
the school and also throughout L.A. They continue
to perform all year and end up recording their first
album in the M.I. studio, (now known as 'Tommy
Tedesco' studios where numerous artists have
recorded CD's since the first recordings of
Richard and Antti) which was an initiative
from engineer and eight finger tapping guitar
wonder TJ Helmerich. Some players who stop
by to jam at those recording dates are Scott
Henderson, M.I. teacher Dan Gilbert, Carl
Verheyen and Frank Gambale.
At the end of '94, Richard gets a phonecall
from guitar guru Mark Varney well know for
his monthly 'Spotlight Column' in Guitar Player
and his Legato Records label who had featured
so many great players Richard was heavily
into before moving to L.A. Mark had heard
some rumors about two hot new players and
was interested in hearing some music.
At the beginning of
'95 Richard and Antti sign a four album contract
with the Legato label and Mark Varney. The
first CD 'Generator' was released in November
'96. Featured on that album are also Scott
Henderson, (Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul) Frank
Gambale, Dan Gilbert, Scott Kinsey (Keyboardist
from Tribal Tech) and Carl Verheyen (Probably
the most recorded guitarist in L.A session
In '96 after returning
back to Amsterdam, Holland, 'True Colors',
from Richard's rock group Maximum Brain Disfunktion
is printed in a small quantity and sold at
local gigs around Holland.
Rich also starts gigging around with drummer
René Engel, probably best known for
his CD project 'Jazz Sick' with Mike Stern
and Danny Gottlieb.
In ’98 Richard
tours Finland, Germany and Holland together with Antti Kotikoski and a local band to support
the ‘Generator’ cd.
In march '98 Rene
Engel’s 'Spheres of Samarkand' is released
with lots of guitar work from Richard. Featured
on that CD are also:Jeroen de Rijk (Mezzoforte)
and Nippy Noya (percussion). In 2002
Rene Engel’s ‘Nostalgia’
is released which further showcased the style
Richard starts writing for the Dutch music
magazine ‘Music Maker’ as a reviewer,
tests new gear and interviews all of his favorite
guitarists, sometimes twice.Most of these interviews are printed on this website under the tab 'interviews'.The beginning
of 2000 brings a welcome distraction from
the usual: Richard plays a 6 month tour in theatres, playing
6 nights a week, performing 145 gigs of Händel’s
classical masterpiece ‘The Young Messiah’
throughout Holland, Germany and Belgium.
Besides being a much
in demand sideman, in 2003 Rich thinks it’s
about time to do it his way, all the way.
He initiates the Richard Hallebeek Project (later known as RHP)
and gets help from some of his musical friends:
Shawn Lane who spent a lot of time in Holland, in The Hague and whom Richard took lessons from, and Brett Garsed both contribute
four solos. The band consists of a few of
Richard's new musical friends, young drummer Sebastiaan Cornelissen
and Swedish keyboard virtuoso Lale Larson both contribute
songs for the RHP and are heavily involved
in the creative process, making it more of
a band effort. Within a month after it’s
release on the new guitar oriented U.K. Liquid
Note Records label, RHP tops guitar9.com being
the best selling and most popular fusion album
and the album gets rave reviews through out
the world. RHP maintains a steady seller to
this day throughout the world.
the end of 2010, Richard headlined the ‘Meeting
Of The Spirits’ festival in Leeuwarden,
Holland together with Greg Howe and Carl Verheyen. Richard also plays
on more releases from Liquid Note Records:
the two collection albums Alchemists I and
II both feature Richard with different musicians,
the last cd with drummer extra ordinaire Marco
In 2008, Richard plays
an 8-month, mostly 5 evenings per week, tour in theatres of 180 shows of his favorite
musical HAIR, with a 32-piece cast throughout
Holland, Belgium and Germany.
Between the HAIR story and the hippies, he
writes and records ‘Go For It’
together with his favorite rhythm section
consisting of Sebastiaan Cornelissen on drums
and Frans Vollink on Bas. Trumpet legend Randy
Brecker joins them on the album.
Richard has joined Lalle Larsson
on his impressive Weaveworld trilogy: ‘Weaveworld’ (2010),
‘Infinity Of Worlds’ (2010) and Nightscapes (2012).
Live, Richard has
recently played the bigger guitar festivals
in Europe; he played the
Ziua Chitarelor guitar festival in Boekarest
in 2009 with Mattias Eklundh and Guthrie Govan.
In 2010 he played the 2nd edition as well with Greg Howe, Brett Garsed, Michael
Angelo, Andy Timmons and William Stravato.
the end of 2010, Richard headlined the ‘Meeting
Of The Spirits’ festival in Leeuwarden,
Holland together with Greg Howe and Carl Verheyen.
In 2011, Richard plays the ESC (European Summer Campus) guitar festival in Sicily with none other then Allan Holdsworth
and Kiko Loureiro. The three teach for 4 days and end up onstage together more then once.
Over the past years,
Richard has done two tours with Guthrie Govan and
Jose de Castro in 2009 in Holland and Germany,
the hugely attended gigs proving that instrumental
guitar music is very much alive. Besides that,
he maintains a role as
at the different Dutch conservatory’s
where he explains his way of looking at scales,
breaking them up
and improvising through changes.
In 2011 Richard starts his own label *Richie Rich Music* to be able to release his own music in the future. RHPII was the first release on january 5th, 2013 and featured some of the guitarists Richard has shared the stage with over the past years: Greg Howe, Guthrie Govan, Andy Timmons, Alex Machacek, Kiko Loureiro, Jose de Castro, Randy Brecker and Eric Gale, all join Richard on this fusion-fest that also features Lalle Larsson on keys, Sebastiaan Cornelissen (dr) and Frans Vollink (b). The next two releases for 2013 on Richie Rich Music will be a re-release of the classic 1995 release 'Generator' (with Scott Henderson, Carl Verheyen, Dan Gilbert, Scott Kinsey and Antti Kotikoski), that was originally released by Mark Varney on his Legato label.And a remaster of the 2004 release 'RHP', including a bonus track.
There have been interviews
and reviews with and about Richard in the
'Guitarist' and the Dutch 'Music Maker', American
'Guitar World' and 'Jazz Times' and the Japanese
'Young Guitar' and the Italian 'Axe'.
Richard Hallebeek has an endorsement with
Suhr Guitars USA, HOOK amps and speaker cabinets
and Fractal Audio FX and Atomic cabs. He has
a habit of using too many pedals.
For 2013, Richard is writing for a trio album with bass, drums and guitars. Guitars! Lots of em including guitarsynths and massive overdubs! But just Rich this time.
1996 - Mark Varney’s Generator (w/ Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, Carl Verheyen, Scott Kinsey, Dan Gilbert)
2004 – Richard Hallebeek Project (w/ Shawn Lane and Brett Garsed)
2008 – Go For It! (w/ Randy Brecker)
2013 - RHPII - Pain In The Jazz (with Andy Timmons, Greg Howe, Randy Brecker, Alex Machacek, Kiko Loureiro, Jose de Castro, Eric Gales, Guthrie Govan)
1994 – MBD – True Colors
1998 – No Respect In ’98 (Live In Finland)
1998 – Rene Engel – Spheres Of Samarkand
2002 – Isotope – Perception Of The Beholder
2002 – Rene Engel – Nostalgia
2002 – The Alchemists – 27 Tracks Of Total Guitar Wizardry
2002 – Salvatore Vecchio & Simone Damiani – Attitude
2004 – Flowriders – Pheromone (EP)
2005 – Flowriders – Starcraft
2005 – Sebastiaan Cornelissen/Frans Vollink - One Spirit
2007 – Moon Baker – ABC Of Romance (w/Candy Dulfer)
2007 – The Alchemists II – 15 Tracks Of Total Guitar Wizardry
2009 – Sebastiaan Cornelissen – U-Turn (w/Alex Machacek, Gary Willis, Jimmy Earl)
2010 – Lalle Larsson – Weaveworld
2010 – Lalle Larsson – Infinity Of Worlds
2011 – Guitar Addiction - A Tribute To Modern Guitar (60 guitar players! w/Ron Thal, Stuart Hamm, Michael Manring, Guthrie Govan and many more)
2012 - Lalle Larsson - Nightscapes
2013 - Rene Engel - Slow Life