A “free raga style” player, inspired by the classical music of both East and West as well as other folk and world traditions.
Richard Osborn studied and performed with legendary Robbie Basho (the acoustic guitar trailblazer who, with John Fahey, created the whole “American primitive guitar” movement) in the early 1970′s. He then disappeared from public view, due to a severe injury to his left hand.

He re-emerged in 2010 with his inclusion on Tompkins Square’s Beyond Berkeley Guitar, and in 2012 published his solo debut album, Giving Voice: Guitar Explorations. Giving Voice has garnered dozens of enthusiastic reviews, has earned Richard a nomination as “Best New Artist of 2012” (Zone Music Reporter), and was #21 in the Top 100 Albums of 2012 in the category of worldfusion/new age/ambient music (ZMR).

Now one of the premier exponents of the “free raga style” of playing first pioneered by Basho, he invites you to share this journey of exploring the heart with what Dusted magazine called the “exhilarating sense of music being discovered as it is played.”

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The Meeting Pool at Moonrise

We become human as we share our stories, often around a campfire. But the kind of stories that are shared by the meeting pool at moonrise are of a different order.

The Glance

A single glance from the beloved is enough to inspire a lifetime. This piece grew out of reflections on Dante’s inspiration for The Divine Comedy.

A Song of New Beginnings

A straight ahead raga, exploring the rasas (emotions) of hope, courage and the joy of unfettered voyaging on the high seas.

Giving Voice: Guitar Explorations

Rich’s acclaimed solo debut CD is available at CD Baby and iTunes.


Charted at

#21 of the Top

100 Albums of 2012

Zone Music Reporter

Beyond Berkeley Guitar

Rich has one of two extended tracks on this collection of some of Northern California’s finest acoustic guitarists. Available at CD Baby.


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Richard Osborn
P.O. Box 2544
Saratoga, CA 95070

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“I Am Remembering”
Backstage Lounge, Santa Cruz 2012

“…the exhilarating sense of music being discovered as it is played.”

– Dusted Magazine

“…an amazingly patient, spacious, and quietly emotive style.”

– Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“…spontaneous, nuanced and engaging.”

– Claude Smith, a fan

“I felt like I was sitting on the lap of the Deity, and we were both smiling!”

– Patrick Horgan, a listener

“…his is easily the most beautiful track here, the melody often played low under a filigree pattern that’s occasionally stripped down to a drone to effectively vary the mood.”

– SoundFix

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