MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Crazy Otto Music, Inc announces the first major release by the American Ragtime Ensemble, directed by David Reffkin. This Enhanced CD celebrates the 30th anniversary of The American Ragtime Ensemble and includes music reaching back to sessions from 1975.   The enhanced section includes material that can be accessed on a computer and includes artwork from the ragtime sheet music covers played on the CD and commentary by the director, David Reffkin on Ragtime music and the American Ragtime Ensemble. The American Ragtime Ensemble was founded in 1973.

David Reffkin is a graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. He is a violinist and has played in concert and theater pit orchestras, chamber groups, and as a soloist around the country and in Canada. His many performing activities included four years as first violinist with the Grammy winning New England Ragtime Ensemble (conducted by Gunther Schuller), and as a founder and codirector of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, where he directed the All-Star Orchestra for ten years.

He appears on numerous of recordings either as a soloist or ensemble member. Among these are LPs as the "fiddler" with Doc Severinsen. For 12 years he led a trio in a major hotel, performing the salon music of the turn of the century, just as it was during the original era. Since 1981 David has been the producer and host of "The Ragtime Machine" ("Music from the concert halls and barrooms of America"), a weekly program of ragtime music, news and interviews, on KUSF-FM, San Francisco. This long-running program is the only one of its type in the world. He also produces classical radio programs, and a series of programs wherein he interviews important researchers in astrophysics (another of his passions).

David is also a contributing editor of, and reviewer for, The Mississippi Rag, the leading journal of ragtime and traditional jazz. He is often consulted on ragtime-related projects as a contributor, draft reviewer, and proofreader for books and articles written by the country's leading authors on the subject.

Additional information on David Reffkin and the American Ragtime Ensemble, including David’s detailed biography, photos and one sheets on the release are located at our Electronic Press Kit, http://www.crazyotto.com/index.cfm?page=press.


Bryan M. Eagle III
Crazy Otto Music, Inc

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