About

Ryan Seward is a percussionist, improviser, and composer based in Denver, 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.

As a composer, Seward composes and conceptualizes music/sound for improvisers/spaces. His practice is rooted in a concern for deep listening, communitarian ritual, and the subjective emotional and subconscious engagements with the unique characteristics and qualities of our sonic environments.

DISCOGRAPHY
Bret Sexton / Ryan Seward – Live at Seventh Circle Music Collective, 05.14.18  (2018)
Bret Sexton / Ryan Seward – Live at Seventh Circle Music Collective, 01.04.18 (2018)
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)
Paul Mimlitsch / Farrell Lowe / Ryan Seward – Live: KGNU, Boulder, CO (2016)
Matt Smiley / Ryan Seward + Farrell Lowe – Live (for tm) (2016)
The Open Space Ensemble – Open Space Festival of New Music 2015 Midnight Concert (2015)

PERFORMANCE (COLLABORATOR/SPECIAL GUEST)
Alex Nauman (Billings, MT)
Bob Falesch (Pueblo, CO)
Bob Marsh (Pueblo, CO)
Eugene Chadbourne (Greensboro, NC)
Farrell Lowe (Boulder, CO)
Glenn Nitta (Denver, CO)
J.A. Deane (Longmont, CO)
Jaap Blonk (Arnhem, Netherlands)
Markus Hunt (Denver, CO)
Matt Smiley (Denver, CO)
Nicole Mitchell (Long Beach, CA/Chicago, IL)
Rent Romus (Richmond, CA)
Susan Wolf (Chicago, IL)
Tashi Dorji (Asheville, NC)
Terrence McManus (Brooklyn, NY)
Tom Djll (Belmont, CA)
Tyler Gilmore (Brooklyn, NY)
Victoria Lundy (Denver, CO)

COMPOSITIONS (selected)
semantic primes (2018) for one performer
plainsong
 (2018) for percussion sextet (glockenspiel, two vibraphones, low octave crotales, and two snare drums [with one or two optional radios]) | commissioned by the Casper College Percussion Group
(mis)memory piece no. 1 (2017) for two or more performers
there is a balm in gilead (2016) for three or more performers
tracings (2016) for snare drum, floor tom, no-input mixer, and guitar pedals
poetics of resplendent decay (2015) for four speakers
pause. rejoice. (2015) for three or more performers
an invincible summer (2015) for violin, cello, and double bass
tides (2013) for flute, piano, electric bass, and percussion

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

GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS
2015 / Colorado Creative Industries Career Advancement Award

FESTIVALS/SYMPOSIA/WORKSHOPS/LECTURES
October 27th, 2018 / New Music Day | Wheeler Concert Hall, Casper College (Casper, WY)
October 5th and 12th, 2018 / Visual Music Vortex Festival | ATLAS Black Box Theatre, University of Colorado Boulder (Boulder, CO)
April 11th, 2018 / Composition Seminar Lecture: “Composition for Improvisers” | University of Colorado Boulder (Boulder, CO)
July 7th, 2016 / Vu Symposium for Experimental, Electronic and Improvised Music | Jim Santy Auditorium, Park City Library (Park City, UT)
July 30th, 2015 / Aquila Summer Concert Series: Colorado Composers’ Concert | Atlas Theater (Greeley, CO)
February 26th, 2015 / University of Northern Colorado Open Space Festival of New Music | Atlas Theater (Greeley, CO)

TEACHING
2018 / University of Colorado Boulder, Howard B. Waltz Music Library, Boulder, CO | Music Information Literacy Instruction
2014-2016 / Denver Public Library, Denver, CO | 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 | The Beatles and the 60s
2011-2012 / University of Oregon, Eugene, OR | Percussion Studio Instruction (jazz), Small Jazz Ensemble V, Jazz Repertoire Lab
2011-2012 / The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, Eugene, OR

RADIO APPEARANCES
June 26th, 2018 – “Keota” from Sense of Place on Tiger D, KUZU 92.9 FM (Denton, TX)
October 11th, 2016 – “emergent, intentional electro acoustic sounds with Paul Mimlitsch on Clarinet and Bass Clarinet, Farrel Lowe – Guitar + Electronics, Ryan Seward – Percussion” on Kabaret with George Figgs, KGNU 88.5 FM & 1390 AM (Boulder/Denver, CO)

PRESS
“Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 or Less (Four Free), November 11-13” by Alex Brown (Westword | Denver, CO | November 10th, 2016)
“Sounds about Pueblo resonate” by Jon Pompia (The Pueblo Chieftain, Pueblo, CO | December 14th, 2015)
“Colorado Creative Industries announces Career Advancement grantees” by Holly Shrewsbury (Colorado Creative Industries, Denver, CO | December 10th, 2015)
“Members of this ensemble discover songs in everything they hear” by Amy Matthew (The Pueblo Chieftain, Pueblo, CO | October 15th, 2015)
“listen up” by David Accomazzo (Boulder Weekly, Boulder, CO | June 6th, 2013)

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