Flutist Richard Mayer is at home in many musical genres, including classical, jazz, and pop. He was a founding member of the influential Russian rock group ZA in 1970's Leningrad, which pointed the way for the subsequent acoustic folk-jazz movement there. Richard also performs extensively with his wife Norma Mayer, the operatic soprano. Together they play a vast repertoire encompassing early music, classical music, African-American spirituals, show tunes, and jazz. Their operatic arrangements have been acclaimed as a groundbreaking direction in modern music.