Richard Marriott has been active as a composer, performer, producer and instrument builder for over thirty years. He has composed extensively for film, television, dance, theater, opera, installations and video games, encompassing styles ranging from the Experimental to the Immersive Narrative.
He is the founder and artistic director of the Club Foot Orchestra, the premiere ensemble for live music performance with silent films. The orchestra has a repertoire of 14 feature-length scores. Many of these scores are available on CD and DVD.
Recent projects include The Passion of Leyla, a chamber opera with a libretto by Ruth Margraff, which was workshopped by the San Jose Stage Company in August, 2016; the Metropolis Concerto for Violin and Wind Ensemble, which was premiered by soloist Alisa Rose and the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble with Matthew Marsit conducting in February 2015.
Upcoming projects include The Invitation, a score for two musicians and custom electronics to accompany Sara Shelton Mann’s choreography to premiere on March 30 through April 2, 2017 at ODC Theater San Francisco; Voyage, a ritual theatrical work with a text drawn from refugee experience which will premiere at the San Francisco International Art Festival in June, 2017; Ghost Ship Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, to be performed by Oakland Symphony in February 2018; Divide Light, Chamber Opera based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Performed by the New Camarata Opera. Lesley Dill, Concept & Design. Spring, 2018 in New York, NY.; Surveillance, an experimental opera featuring custom electronics and an audience-directed narrative is scheduled to premiere in San Francisco in 2018.
Marriott is a performer on wind instruments and is an avid enthusiast of international marching ensembles. He also designs and constructs electronic instruments which he uses in performance.