Pianist and Composer Kathleen Ryan
Pianist and Composer from Mountainair New Mexico Kathleen Ryan joins Los Alamos Arts Council for the December Brown Bag.
The music begins noon Wednesday, Dec. 4 in Fuller Lodge.
In addition to practicing scales and classical repertory on her way to earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, Ryan played snare drum in a marching band; wrote and performed singing telegrams; improvised music for modern dancers; and composed a folk rock opera based on the Tristan and Isolde legend.
After a very brief fling as a folk singer, and a longer interlude as a classical pianist, Ryan began searching for ways to “sing the piano” — to transform the piano into a medium as intimately expressive as the human voice.
“When I am composing,” she said, “I don’t necessarily hear music inside. Instead, I experience a subtle dissatisfaction until the sounds my hands create match the deeper emotion I feel within.”
Ryan is a Whisperings Solo Piano artist. She was the Professional Music Teachers New Mexico/Music Teachers National Association commissioned composer in 2008, for which she composed a set of 24 piano left-hand-alone preludes titled “Verbs.” Ryan has released five recordings of her piano compositions. The first, A Handfull of Quietness (1993), was featured in the Emmy–winning Iowa Public Television special The Four Seasons. Followed by The Rebirth of Light (2007), Under the Greenwood Tree (2009) and Drivin’! (2011). Her newest recording, Passages, is a collection of 13 piano solos celebrating birth, death, transformation, forgiveness, love, and joy. It was released in October 2018.
A review of Passages
It is an unfortunate reality that an artist’s best work often arises from personal loss and pain, as seems to be the case here. Ryan’s albums have been an eclectic mix of styles and genres, always coming from a place of honesty and personal truth, and I would say that that is especially true of Passages. I have been fortunate to be able to see Ryan play live, and her performances are also deeply-felt and very much in the moment. – Kathy Parsons – MainlyPiano.com (October 29, 2018)
Los Alamos Arts Council invites the community to come during their lunch hour, bring a sack lunch, and enjoy a superb performance.
The Los Alamos Arts Council, a 501c3 non-profit corporation and public charity that, for 50 years, has been supporting creative arts activities in Los Alamos. Visit website at www.losalamosartscouncil.org or telephone 505.663.0477.