Richard Burmer

Yesterday marked the second anniversary of the passing of new age musician Richard Burmer.

I first came across Burmer’s music on the original version of the Western Spaces CD, a collaboration among Steve Roach, Kevin Braheny, and Burmer. His contribution to that album, “Across the View,” is still my favorite Burmer tune.

He released a series of solo CDs in the late 80s and early 90s, but never achieved the fame of other artists in the new age genre. I never understood that, because Burmer’s music was in a class all by itself. Following his death, the Hearts of Space radio show devoted an entire episode to his music, entitled appropriately, “Across the View” (#794). A fitting tribute.

Burmer was just shy of 51 years old when he died. His musical genius will be missed.

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