Hello everyone, happy holidays. As the title notes, this semester has been mostly quiet, publically quiet. That's not to say memories haven't been made--Pulitzer-winning chamber choir Roomful of Teeth privately read a new work of mine, a new batch of ducks took the stage for the first time, and I premiered my first solo audio/video work … Continue reading a quiet semester, but with color
Dear adoring fans of Canvas the Bear, It's with great pleasure that I announce that the full-length version of Canvas the Bear will be making its Michigan debut this month. The work will appear at two concerts alongside other tunes commissioned by the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble. Each piece was written specifically … Continue reading Canvas the Bear RETURNS (again)!!!
Hi everyone! It's a new year--or at least a new school year--and I've just started my MM at the University of Missouri. Hence, the website got a shiny new finish, which includes a now-much-easier-to-navigate media section! In addition to this, Fifth House Ensemble has just released a video of a performance of genealogy I at Constellation … Continue reading new year, new me
Summer is going FAST! What have I LEARNED?! bear spray =/= bug spray don't trust Super 8s, ever outdoor jacuzzis > indoor jacuzzis etc. etc. What have I not learned?! how to create a healthy schedule, probably. I've gone straight from the effervescent Fresh Inc. Festival to a tour with the Grand Valley State University … Continue reading digesting, percolating
Tony Byrne, a longtime friend and collaborator (remember THIS?) has put out another portrait of his travels--this time through urban India--and sourced the audio from one of my recent collaborations, Waiting for Niko. Good shots, and engaging pacing. You can see India // 2018 with accompanying audio Brothrrs (excerpt) below:
Wow! It's been more than a year since I've been in school, which took me by surprise. I've been teaching, teching, and touring more than I ever was able during class, which has been equal parts fulfilling and eye-opening. However, I crave the structure, camaraderie, and growth that the academic environment engenders, so I'm very … Continue reading Niko hits the road
It's not often that I get to release multiple projects in a week, and this one is particularly special because I was able to collaborate with my hungry, hungry brother (pictured above--or is that me?). This piece served as our senior honors project at Grand Valley State University--still chuckling that we got away with that … Continue reading Behold this compost! behold it well.
I'm delighted to finally release this audio from a session with two of the commissioners, Anna Petrenko and Lindsay Myers. I've spent a dreadful amount of time staring at Finale and Word recently, so it was particularly refreshing to reminisce about this very collaborative project. This piece simply could not have existed without Bill Ryan and … Continue reading wicked problems
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