Richard Kapp, born 1976, is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, living in the city of Vienna, Austria. He composes, sings and plays his very own quirky but touching music. His music is always fresh and surprising and you never know what to expect. Living between sarcasm, melancholy and hope, he makes use of all kind of styles without forcing them to come together. He is brave enough to use fragments of Jazz, Classical Music fragments or Folk if he thinks that it supports the meaning of a song more than pop can do. Actually, Richard does not give a damn about styles and categories at all. He started to learn piano at the age of six but always refused to learn anything about music theory or scales. That doesn't stop him from composing and arranging his stuff completely on his own. People have compared Richard's style to artists like The Divine Comedy, Billy Joel, Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens or Ben Folds.
Since 5 years he is regulary performing and recording with his chamber-pop-ensemble "The Gowns". A songwriter gathering momentum he has also worked with great artists around the world like Peter Kearns (NZ), Tony Cimorosi (US), Woodstock Taylor (UK), Gis Johannsson (US/IS), Bárbara Gilles (AR) or Back Bone Shiver (UK). His debut album "A Tie For Free" has been released 2006, followed up by "*" (or Asterisk) in 2008. By the end of 2009, Richard has released his third album called "Lunchbox" which has received enthusiastically by his fans and the press. Two songs received airplay at BBC 6music and Richard has been chosen as "Artist of the year 2010" by irish musicmag RedTrackMusic. Richard Kapp & The Gowns have just released their new album called "AMOK".
Richard can be heard regulary on podcasts like NBT but he also has been aired on several radio stations including Radio Orange (Austria), Radio Fips (Germany), BBC 6music (UK), Amazing Radio and the scottish station Radio Six International where his debut album also got nominated for the Record Of The Year 2006.
Richard Kapp & The Gowns were sharing stage with David Kitt (IRL), BirdEatsBaby and Joe Black (UK), Bernhard Eder (A), Bitter Ruin (UK), Matt Keating and Cassis (NY), Daniel Seestrand (SE) and many other wonderful songwriters. They perform in their hometown Vienna most of the time, but they also toured Germany and UK. Watch out for new tour dates at the official website www.richardkapp.com
Richard Kapp & The Gowns are: Richard Kapp (piano, vocals), Agnes Rössler (vocals, glockenspiel, perc. & funny, little instruments), Alexander Csurmann (drums & perc.), Bernadette Ott (viola), Jean-Philipp-Oliver Viol (viola), Paul Schreitl (trombone), Peter Schweighofer (sound magic), Roland Liegle (bass).