Ryan Seward (b. 1988) is a composer, performer, and artist living in Hartford, Connecticut. He currently studies composition at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut with Paula Matthusen and Ron Kuivila.

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


Ryan Seward & Daniel Ryan – Breccia (2021, 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)

steel and air, a mottled presence (2020) for trumpet, transducer, and suspended sheet metal
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 Dog Star 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
there is a balm in gilead (2016) for two or more performers
tracings (2016/2019) for snare drum
poetics of resplendent decay (2015) for four-channel playback (field recordings)
an invincible summer (2015) for violin, cello, and double bass

2020 / Guest Artist, co-incidence festival 2020 (Somerville, Massachusetts)
2015 / Artist-in-Residence, The Shoe Factory Center for Creative Arts (Pueblo, Colorado)

January 10-18, 2020 / co-incidence festival 2020 | Washington Street Art Center (Somerville, Massachusetts)
July 8–14, 2019 / COMPOSERS MEET COMPOSERS 2019 (Wandelweiser / heim.art Mentoring Project) | heim.art®-Station (Neufelden, Austria)
June 22, 2019 / Dog Star 15 | California Institute of the Arts, Lulu May von Hagen Courtyard (Valencia, California)
April 27, 2019 / FoCoMX (Fort Collins Music eXperiment) 11 | Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House (Fort Collins, Colorado)
October 27, 2018 / Second Annual New Music Day | Casper College, Wheeler Concert Hall (Casper, Wyoming)
April 11, 2018 / Composition Seminar Lecture: “Composition for Improvisers” | University of Colorado Boulder (Boulder, Colorado)
July 7, 2016 / VU Symposium for Experimental, Electronic and Improvised Music | Park City Library, Jim Santy Auditorium (Park City, Utah)
April 22, 2016 / FoCoMX (Fort Collins Music eXperiment) 8 | Compass Cider (Fort Collins, Colorado)
July 30, 2015 / Aquila Summer Concert Series: Colorado Composers’ Concert | Atlas Theater (Greeley, Colorado)
February 26, 2015 / Open Space Festival of New Music 2015 | Atlas Theater (Greeley, Colorado)

2015 / Colorado Creative Industries Career Advancement Award

2020 / Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut) | Visual Sounds: Exploring the Landscape and Architecture of Musical Notation, Music in Outer Space
2014–2016 / Denver Public Library (Denver, Colorado) | 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, California) | The Beatles and the 60s
2011–2012 / University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon) | Percussion Studio Instruction (jazz), Small Jazz Ensemble V, Jazz Repertoire Lab
2011–2012 / The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts (Eugene, Oregon) | Private Drum Set and Percussion Lessons

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

April 5, 2020 / “I” from Live at thought//forms gallery on The Outside (hosted by Evan Miller), WYSO 91.3 FM (Yellow Springs, Ohio)
June 26, 2018 / “Keota” from Sense of Place on Tiger D (hosted by Sarah Ruth Alexander), KUZU 92.9 FM (Denton, Texas)
October 11, 2016 / “Paul Mimlitsch, Farrell Lowe, Ryan Seward – Emergent Intentional Sound” on Kabaret (hosted by George Figgs), KGNU 88.5 FM & 1390 AM (Boulder/Denver, Colorado)