Rick Walker is an unusual and creative Audio/Visual artist who utilizes live looping techniques along with a dizzying array of multiple instruments: drums, percussion, bass, keyboards, flute, reed instruments, brass instruments, string instruments, extended vocal techniques and a profusion of found and invented instruments to create exotic audio and visual landscapes. In the past two years, Rick has also created several works utilizing low fidelity, toy video cameras to create 'animations' that he projects, interactively while he performs.
Also a professional percussionist, Rick Walker plays well over 1,000 global percussion instruments and has studied the traditional West African, Caribbean, Brazilian, Middle-Eastern, Indonesian, Indian, European, Celtic, and North American schools of rhythm.
Rick Walker has taught over 2500 private students the principles of rhythm, composition, arrangement, sound design and production, and is the author of a multi-volume encyclopedia of rhythm called "Global Beats and World Pop Styles" which is currently in its fourth volume of research.
Rick Walker has toured in 15 countries in Europe, North America and Asia as a headlining artist and also produces the largest live looping festival on earth for the past eight years in Santa Cruz, California where he lives.
Additionally, Rick Walker has performed with master musicians from all over the planet as a drummer, percussionist, live looper and is considered one of the founders of the World Beat movement in the early 1980's.
As a performing musician, Rick Walker has toured in Europe, Asia and the United States with Bob Brozman, British master guitarist Martin Simpson (playing frame drums, dumbecs, djembes, multiple percussion and drum set), Debashish Bhattacharya (India), Takashi Hirayasu (Okinawa), Rene Lacaille (Reunion), Familia Valera (Cuba), George Pilali (Greece), Djeli, Baba Tunde Olatunji (Nigeria), Abdoulaye Djakite (Senegal), Titos Sompa (Congo), Kevin Kmetz (Japan/USA), Olodum (Brazil), Ile Aiye (Brazil), Henry Kaiser (USA), Moussa Diawara (Guinea) and many, many other master musicians.
Rick Walker has founded and produces the largest annual International Live Looping Festival on the planet that has drawn over 200 artists from 15 countries.
Rick Walker is currently designing a new low fi interactive audio/visual program with Bill Putnam of Universal audio, adding design ideas to the Looperlative hardware digital looping device and owns a digital audio design effects company called Out of the Box FX with Chris Roberts.
Rick Walker lives with his wife, singer/songwriter Christine Wedertz in Santa Cruz, California.