I’m naked, buddy-boy

A recurring and resonant message from the resident composers at the New Music Festival @ Bowling Green (that's Sarah Kirkland Snider and Steven Mackey, if you're wondering) was encouragement towards authenticity, self-reflection, and self-discovery--a complex issue to unpack, as they noted. As they recognized repeatedly, separation from social, hierarchical, and musical influences is damned near … Continue reading I’m naked, buddy-boy


Tom Huizenga (NPR First Listen) described it "in terms of its arresting atmospherics... a high point for Ryan, his ensemble and former students," FFO: "Max Richter, Daniel Wohl, Hauschka and the remarkable Jacaszek." Peter van Cooten (ambientblog.net), "a stunning set of compositions... A fusion of two worlds coming together in an exceptional way." Adam Cuthbért, Daniel Rhode, and Matt Finch /return/ to … Continue reading RETURN

“Don’t forget to use your dynamics!”

"Don't forget to use your dynamics!" was a phrase that I heard before every single solo and ensemble performance in high school. Somehow, my mom understood that, by obsessing over every technical detail, frack, and/or missed line, I would overlook every element of expression in toto. I still think about that before most performances (though she rarely tells … Continue reading “Don’t forget to use your dynamics!”

Premieres Premieres Premieres! Sunday Sunday Sunday!

Hello all, Many new works by me and commissioned by my tuba quartet will be performed and live-streamed in the coming month. I would be honored if you lent an ear (and thank you to my dear friends for playing these pieces!) All department streaming is available at http://www.gvsu.edu/music/live-stream-283.htm Friday, Nov. 4th at 5pm, SVS Recital Hall: … Continue reading Premieres Premieres Premieres! Sunday Sunday Sunday!