The Composer

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Pianist/Composer Kathleen Ryan
her website

Her first favorite sound (age 4) was marbles rolling in an aluminum dishpan.

Her life goal, from age 5, was to play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

At age 12, she played snare drum in a marching band.

At 13, she performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

At 14, she sang & danced in a hippie liturgical drama at the Ohio State Fair.

At 15, having already achieved her life goal, she quit piano lessons & started writing songs.

At 17, she composed a folk rock opera on the Tristan & Isolde legend. (She didn’t know about Wagner, but that would not have stopped her.)

At 18, she wanted to be “Joan Baez at a piano.”

At 19, with 100 songs in her catalog, she returned to classical music.

Then: music/dance improv; singing telegrams; music directing for theater; acting; poetry.

And: years of meditation & spiritual practice.

Now: composing & performing 21st century classical music — music infused with the energy and rhythms of contemporary life, while remaining deeply rooted in the Western classical and folk traditions.

Kathleen’s compositions Spare Change and Outlooks (a sonatina for piano duet) took first place in the 2001 and 2003 Composers Today contests sponsored by the Music Teachers Association of California. In 2008 Kathleen was the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico Commissioned Composer. For the commission Kathleen composed a set of 12 preludes for piano left hand alone. The preludes, titled Verbs, were premiered by pianist Keith Snell in Los Alamos, New Mexico, November 14, 2008.

Kathleen has also published four recordings of her piano compositions. Visit her website for more information about these.

Indigo Mesa Music 2014