Hi, I’m

Rick Cornish

I compose and arrange.




After decades of creating and performing music and other creative pursuits; today, my focus is on composing and recording downtempo, ambient jazz and solo guitar music.

My story in a dozen short bullet points:

  • Grew up in the Minneapolis area. Lots of great music people around.
  • Took up the guitar at age 15, won a scholarship to music school (North Texas State), where I studied privately with the great Jack Petersen and played with the famed 1:00 Lab Band and guests Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Patrick Williams, and Tony Bennett.
  • Went on the road with showbusiness acts and touring Broadway shows. Led the band for a tour of “Godspell.
  • Moved to Las Vegas, where I worked with legends like Pearl Bailey, Mitzi Gaynor, Dean Martin, and more.
  • Returned to Minneapolis. Worked in studios (Sound 80, Cookhouse, Creation Audio,New Life) and backed Joel Grey, Julie Andrews, “Doc” Severinson, Paul Williams, and Bob Hope. Also produced recordings for Rockie Robbins, Josh Weaver, and others.
  • Featured soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra on their staging of Abba’s “Chess” and performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
  • Performed with jazz greats Bobby Hackett, Louis BellesonBrother Jack McDuff, Marvin Stamm, Julian Priester
  • Played in touring regional rock and R&B bands: The Mystics, Class Action, and Zenner
  • Composed music for film, TV and advertising, as well as an orchestral composition which was premiered by the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl
  • Took a position as an audio engineer at a video production company. Advanced to Creative Director.
  • Left to start “Flying Colors”—an award-winning video and event production company.
  • Today, I’m back to composing, performing, and recording music.


Here are a few samples of music I’ve been working on.

“Here’s That Rainy Day”

Solo Guitar

“Song for Friday”

Seven Songs for Guitar

Snowflakes on Broadway

Downtempo Ambient Jazz

After Hours

Solo Guitar

Your Action Plan

Video Score

Ideas that Move People

Video Score

Carol of the Bells

Holiday Chillout 07



I have stuff.

Computer stuff. Software stuff. Recording stuff. Guitar stuff. Mixing stuff.

For example…

Late-2013 Mac Pro (3.5GHz 6-core, 64GB RAM, 1tB flash storage + two 500gB ext. Thunderbolt 2 SSDs + 8tB Thunderbolt 2 dock)
27″ Cinema Display
2016 MacBook Pro (13″, 3.3 GHz Core i7, 16gB RAM, 500gB flash storage)
MOTU Digital Performer 10.13 (64-bit)
Virtual Instruments from MOTU, Spectrasonics, Native Instruments (Komplete), UVI, 8dio, Rob Papen, Soniccouture, Soundiron, East West, Spitfire Audio, Heavyocity, Vir2, Zero-G, and more
Waves 9, Brainworx, Wavesfactory, Vengeance, Eventide, SPL, PSP, UVI, Valhalla DSP, Kush Audio, AudioThing, Final Mix, IK Multimedia, iZotope, and other assorted effect plug-ins
Finale 25.3
Avid MediaComposer 8.9
Apple Compressor 4.3.2
Roland A-88 keyboard controller
Apogee Quartet audio interface
Genelec 1032a (w/1092 sub) and Westlake BBSM4 monitors
Dorrough 20-A2 analog loudness meter
Neuman TLM-103 and Shure SM-57 mics
Focusrite Platinum VoiceMaster mic pre-amp
AKG K712 headphones
Focal Spirit Pro headphones
Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III (modified)
Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb Amp
Roland Cube 60 Amp
Roland GP-100 Guitar Preamp/Processor
Pedal board from Accel Audio with pedals by Strymon, Jetter, Fulltone, Wren & Cuff, T-Rex, Moorer, Pettyjohn, Aphex, and Boss.





 From way northern Minnesota, USA

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