Hannemann Music
(505) 662 - 0380
Richard Hanneman, Guitarist, Composer, Singer-songwriter 

For booking information call:  (505) 662 - 0380

Richard Hannemann has been a musician and guitarist -- composing, songwriting, arranging, performing, and teaching since 1970.

 Raised in Los Alamos, NM 1952 - 1972 (graduated high school 1969),  his early musical education (courtesy  Los Alamos Public Schools)  gave him a solid foundation of musical fundamentals and performance ability on several instruments – piano, clarinet, mandolin, autoharp, recorder, and harmonica.  He also sang in school and church choirs.

He got his first guitar, a Stella Harmony, Christmas 1969.  His first paid performance came about 6 months later.

Richard’s musical influences come from a variety of sources -- 

---Favorite classical composers are Mozart, Beethoven and Tschaikovsy. 

---Spanish influences come from composers Rodrigo, Albeniz, Malats, Granados, and Azpiazu; and performers Segovia, Bream, Williams, Parkening, and Ypes.   

---Jazz influences come from the music of the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s – composers such as Gershwin, Ellington, Mancini and music such as “American in Paris”, “Laura”, and “Moonlight in Vermont”
 ---He is deeply rooted in Folk and Americana particularly the songs presented by Burl Ives and the Kingston Trio;

    Blues tunes like “St Louis Blues”, “St. James Infirmary”, “Basin Street”, “I’m Coming Virginia” ;

    and older folk-blues such as  “Dink’s Song”, “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad”, and “Motherless Child”.

---Additionally, he is partial to film music from the Westerns of the 50’s and 60’s – movies like “The Alamo”, “Rio Bravo”, and "Cowboy" being favorites.  

All of these influences come to bear in the music he writes and performs.  


    “Performance-wise, I started on guitar as a "folkie" - Kingston     Trio style – later I began studies of classical and solo instrumental guitar. Wound up blending the two.  Musically, I tend to draw on, and blend, my folk, classical, Spanish, jazz and older blues influences.  I never really got around to "specializing" in any one thing - not really the type I suppose - and as a guitarist I still continue to explore a variety of musical genre possibilities. Makes for a fun potpourri.” 

His cd album "The Musician" and his collection “Guitar Solos” present examples of the variety of his music.

Richard has been performing for over 40 years on a variety of stages and venues throughout the Southwest, particularly in New Mexico and Southern California. He generally performs solo mixing lyric songs and guitar solos in a folk and classical performance genre blend.

He has written 3 books - "Guitar Solos" a collection of 16 original guitar instrumentals; "The Musician Music-Songbook" which contains the score for the music on his cd album, "The Musician"; and "Music and Guitar: Fundamentals" the first of his guitar method series.
For booking information call:  (505) 662 - 0380

Los Alamos Daily Post review of 9/6/14 concert

Concert of Original Pieces by Richard Hannemann Draws Audience Appreciation

Submitted by Carol A. Clark 

on September 7, 2014 - 2:11pm

Richard Hannemann. Courtesy photo


An appreciative audience enjoyed the world premier of La Vida en Plaza at the Saturday night concert at Smith Auditorium by local musician Richard Hannemann. 

Filled with a program of his original pieces, Hannemann sparked numerous applause for his ability to work the length of the guitar fret-board in a pleasing cornucopia of guitar solos, genres and songs. He added interest to his program by inter-mingling an ensemble of ballads and songs he had written in the 70's, 80's and 90's, many of which were tied to his New Mexico roots. 


Among the crowd favorites were Move it on Down the Road, Seasons, and Lone Spanish Chapel, all of which celebrated life in New Mexico. His musical story telling of the shady salesman who gets his come-uppance in Snake Oil, generated laughs and enjoyment. Similarly, his ballad, High Valley Café, told the story of a late night coffee meeting with a waitress left the audience with a sense of melancholy over that chance encounter.


But the real compliment goes for his very intricate and complicated solo La Vida en Plaza. Performed as the closing number, the lengthy piece was a clever demonstration of how many sounds can be nursed from a guitar. Audience goers will long remember the seeming sound of plaza church bells that Hannemann worked into the finale. 

All-in-all, it was a lovely evening of interesting songs and an opportunity to appreciate the musical talent of one of Los Alamos' own.