Ryan Seward is a composer and musician currently living in Hartford, Connecticut.

His work has most recently been presented at Blo Back Gallery (Pueblo, Colorado), Washington Street Art Center (Somerville, Massachusetts) for co-incidence festival 2020, heim.art®-Station (Neufelden, Austria), California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, California) for The Dog Star Orchestra 15, and Casper College (Casper, Wyoming) for the Second Annual New Music Day.

An active percussionist and improviser, Seward has performed with Jaap Blonk, Eugene Chadbourne, Tashi Dorji, Sandy Ewen, Bob Marsh, Nakatani Gong Orchestra, Ryan Wade Ruehlen, Daniel Ryan, Bret Sexton, Susan Wolf, and Jack Wright, among others.

Seward is currently completing the MA in music with a concentration in experimental music/composition at Wesleyan University and studies with Ron Kuivila and Paula Matthusen. He has also been mentored informally by composers Antoine Beuger, Michael Pisaro-Liu, and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé.


Ryan Seward & Daniel Ryan – Breccia (2022), Marginal Frequency, MFCS N)
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)


mesh (2021) for two performers with sustaining instruments and radios, and 2- or 4-channel fixed media (field recordings and sine tones)
a tremulous light
 (2021) for organ
irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically (2)
(2021) for organ
untitled (for Alvin Lucier)
(2020) for glockenspiel bars and sine tones
steel and air, a mottled presence
 (2020) for trumpet, transducer, and suspended sheet metal
two copper pipes drawn over various surfaces (2020) for fixed media
take any flat, plain piece of land, give it a name—
 (2020) for fixed media (field recordings and sine tones)
ultimately, engaging in the practice itself was enough for us
(2020) for two or three people (or perhaps alone) | commissioned for co-incidence festival 2020
irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically (1) (2019) for two or more 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
(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
an invincible summer (2015) for violin, cello, and double bass