Ryan Seward is a percussionist and composer based in Loveland, Colorado.

His improvisational work centers around approaching the drum as a site of resonance and employing various techniques and preparations to achieve an extensive timbral palette. He also works with found objects, zither, contact mics, analog electronics, and field recordings. In addition, he is an interpreter of experimental works for and with percussion.

As a composer, his practice is rooted in a concern for deep listening, communitarian ritual, and the subjective psychological engagements with the unique characteristics and qualities of our physical, social, and sonic environments.


DISCOGRAPHY (selected)
Daniel Ryan / Ryan Seward – TBA (2020, Marginal Frequency)
Sandy Ewen / Ryan Seward – Live at thought//forms gallery (2019)
Matt Smiley / Ryan Seward – Sense of Place (2017, emic rite, emic 01)
Bob Marsh / Michael O’Neill / Ryan Seward – Pueblo 5&6 (2017)
Bret Sexton / Ryan Seward – Live at Thee Haus Ov Where? Gallery (2017)

PERFORMANCE (selected)
Aimée Niemann (Brooklyn, NY, US), André O. Möller (Düsseldorf, DE), Antoine Beuger (Haan, DE), Bob Marsh (Pueblo, CO, US), Bret Sexton (Denver, CO, US), Catherine Lamb (Berlin, DE), Daniel Ryan (Denton, TX, US), Emmanuelle Waeckerlé (London, GB), Eugene Chadbourne (Greensboro, NC, US), Gabriela Areal (Buenos Aires, AR), Jaap Blonk (Arnhem, NL), Matt Smiley (Denver, CO, US), Michael O’Neill (Boulder, CO, US), Nakatani Gong Orchestra (Truth or Consequences, NM, US), Rent Romus (Richmond, CA, US), Ryan Wade Ruehlen (Tucson, AZ, US), Sandy Ewen (New York, NY, US), Simon Labbé (Montréal, QC, CA), Susan Wolf (Chicago, IL, US), Tashi Dorji (Asheville, NC, US), Tyler Gilmore (Brooklyn, NY, US)

irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically
(2019) for three vibraphones | commissioned by Ron Coulter for the Casper College Percussion Group
to knowe the spryng of the dawenyng and the ende of the evenyng, the whiche ben called the two crepuscules
 (2019) for two or more performers | commissioned for The Dog Star Orchestra 15
semantic primes (2018) for one performer | commissioned by Ron Coulter for the Casper College Second Annual New Music Day
(2018) for percussion sextet (glockenspiel, two vibraphones, low octave crotales, and two snare drums [with one or two optional radios]) | commissioned by Ron Coulter for the Casper College Second Annual New Music Day
(mis)memory piece no. 1 (2017) for two or more performers
there is a balm in gilead (2016) for three or more performers
poetics of resplendent decay (2015) for four speakers
an invincible summer (2015) for violin, cello, and double bass

2015 / Artist-in-Residence, The Shoe Factory Center for Creative Arts (Pueblo, CO, US)

2015 / Colorado Creative Industries Career Advancement Award

January 10th-18th, 2020 / (the) co-incidence festival 2020 | Washington Street Art Center, Somerville, MA, US
July 8th-14th, 2019 / Composers Meet Composers 2019 (Wandelweiser / heim.art Mentoring Project) | Die Station, Neufelden, OÖ, AT
June 22nd, 2019 / The Dog Star Orchestra 15 | California Institute of the Arts, Lulu May von Hagen Courtyard, Valencia, CA, US
April 27th, 2019 / FoCoMX (Fort Collins Music eXperiment) 11 | Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House, Fort Collins, CO, US
October 27th, 2018 / Casper College Second Annual New Music Day (Lecture: “The New Discipline: Composer as Auteur” / Workshop: “Concepts and Exercises for Improvisers” /  Concert: Works by J. Walshe, A. Porfiriadis, R. Seward, and M. Smiley) | Casper College, Wheeler Concert Hall, Casper, WY, US
April 11th, 2018 / Composition Seminar Lecture: “Composition for Improvisers” | University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, US
July 7th, 2016 / VU Symposium for Experimental, Electronic and Improvised Music | Park City Library, Jim Santy Auditorium, Park City, UT, US
July 30th, 2015 / Aquila Summer Concert Series: Colorado Composers’ Concert | Atlas Theater, Greeley, CO, US
April 22nd, 2016 / FoCoMX (Fort Collins Music eXperiment) 8 | Compass Cider, Fort Collins, CO, US
February 26th, 2015 / University of Northern Colorado Open Space Festival of New Music | Atlas Theater, Greeley, CO, US

2014-2016 / Denver Public Library, Denver, CO, US | Various Experimental Music, Music Technology, Body Percussion, DIY Instrument Building, and Field Recording Programs (Recipient of Think 360 Arts’ Outstanding Educator of the Month, January 2016)
2013 / University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, US | The Beatles and the 60s
2011-2012 / University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US | Percussion Studio Instruction (jazz), Small Jazz Ensemble V, Jazz Repertoire Lab
2011-2012 / The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, Eugene, OR, US

June 26th, 2018 – “Keota” from Sense of Place on Tiger D, KUZU 92.9 FM (Denton, TX, US)
October 11th, 2016 – “Paul Mimlitsch, Farrell Lowe, Ryan Seward – Emergent Intentional Sound” on Kabaret with George Figgs, KGNU 88.5 FM & 1390 AM (Boulder/Denver, CO, US)

Best Shows in Denver 10/10/19 – 10/16/19” by Tom Murphy (Queen City Sounds and Art, Denver, CO, US, October 10th, 2019)
Best Shows in Denver 8/9/19 – 8/14/19” by Tom Murphy (Queen City Sounds and Art, Denver, CO, US, August 9th, 2019)
Dog Star 15 – Civil Twilight” by Paul Muller (Sequenza21, US, June 29th, 2019)
Best Shows in the Denver Area 3/21/19 – 3/27/19” by Tom Murphy (Queen City Sounds and Art, Denver, CO, US, March 21st, 2019)
Best Shows in Denver 3/7/19 – 3/13/19” by Tom Murphy (Queen City Sounds and Art, Denver, CO, US, March 7th, 2019)
Best Shows in Denver 2/28/19 – 3/6/19” by Tom Murphy (Queen City Sounds and Art, Denver, CO, US, February 28th, 2019)
“Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 or Less (Four Free), November 11-13” by Alex Brown (Westword, Denver, CO, US, November 10th, 2016)
“Sounds about Pueblo resonate” by Jon Pompia (The Pueblo Chieftain, Pueblo, CO, US, December 14th, 2015)
“Colorado Creative Industries announces Career Advancement grantees” by Holly Shrewsbury (Colorado Creative Industries, Denver, CO, US, December 10th, 2015)
“Members of this ensemble discover songs in everything they hear” by Amy Matthew (The Pueblo Chieftain, Pueblo, CO, US, October 15th, 2015)
“listen up” by David Accomazzo (Boulder Weekly, Boulder, CO, US, June 6th, 2013)