An ongoing search toward integration of the composed and the improvised led to the formation of the Rich Laughlin Ensemble. A 9-12 piece organization utilizing musicians capable of fusing both genres, the Ensemble consists of: Cornet, French Horn,Tuba, Soprano Sax ( doubling Alto Sax), Tenor Sax ( doubling Flute), Bass Clarinet (doubling Alto Flute), Cello, Vibraphone, Bass and Drums. Highlights include a concert DVD recorded at the Jazz Bridge Festival in Praque.
The free improvising quartet Melting Point was created to provide a place where electronic and acoustic instruments could maintain their respective uniqueness while cross fading through each other's overtone series' thereby initiating spontaneous interplay.
This collaboration with the Cellist Margarita Holzbauer was created to offer a platform where equal partners on two rather idiosyncratic instruments can explore less common approaches to extracting sound and layering timbre.