About

Ryan Seward (b. 1988, Arlington, TX) is a drummer, percussionist, improviser, composer, and sound artist based in Denver, CO.

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 zither, contact mics, analog electronics, and field recordings.

As a composer/sound artist, 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.

Seward runs and curates the record label, emic rite, in order to document his own work and the work of other experimental and contemporary improvisers, composers, and sound artists, with a current focus on those of the American Mountain West, Southwest, and Great Plains.

DISCOGRAPHY
Matt Smiley / Ryan Seward – Sense of Place / 2017 (emic rite | emic 01)
Bob Marsh / Michael O’Neill / Ryan Seward – Pueblo 5&6 / 2017 (self-release)
Bret Sexton / Ryan Seward – Live at Thee Haus Ov Where? Gallery / 2017 (self-release)
Paul Mimlitsch / Farrell Lowe / Ryan Seward – Live: KGNU, Boulder, CO / 2016 (self-release)
Matt Smiley / Ryan Seward + Farrell Lowe – Live (for tm) / 2016 (self-release)
The Open Space Ensemble – Open Space Festival of New Music 2015 Midnight Concert / 2015 (self-release)

PERFORMANCE (COLLABORATOR/SPECIAL GUEST)
Alex Nauman (Billings, MT)
Bob Falesch (Pueblo, CO)
Bob Marsh (Pueblo, CO/SF Bay Area, CA)
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 (SF Bay Area, CA)
Susan Wolf (Chicago, IL)
Terrence McManus (Brooklyn, NY)
Thollem McDonas (Española, NM)
Tom Djll (SF Bay Area, CA)
Tyler Gilmore (Brooklyn, NY)
Victoria Lundy (Denver, CO)

COMPOSITIONS (selected)
(mis)memory piece no. 1, for two or more players / 2017
there is a balm in gilead, for three or more players / 2016
tracings, for snare drum, floor tom, no-input mixer, and guitar pedals / 2016
poetics of resplendent decay, field recordings for four speakers / 2015
pause. rejoice., for three or more players / 2015
an invincible summer, for violin, cello, and double bass / 2015
tides, for flute, piano, electric bass, and percussion / 2013

EDUCATION
2011 / BMus in Jazz Studies* – The University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Music
2010 / BA in Music – University of North Texas, College of Music
*additional graduate studies in music performance, composition, and technology at University of California, Irvine and University of Oregon

RESIDENCIES
2016 / Artist-in-Residence, Shoe Factory Center for Creative Arts (Pueblo, CO)
2015 / Artist-in-Residence, Shoe Factory Center for Creative Arts (Pueblo, CO)

GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS
2015 / Colorado Creative Industries Career Advancement Award

CONFERENCES/SYMPOSIA
July 5th-7th, 2016 / Vu Symposium for Experimental, Electronic and Improvised Music (Park City, UT)

TEACHING
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
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

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)

Photograph © 2017 Gil Selinger. All rights reserved.

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