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Kathleen Ryan


  1. 1.
    The Little Drummer Boy
  2. 2.
    Complete with Angels
  3. 3.
    A Handfull Of Quietness
  4. 4.
  5. 5.
    Wayfaring Stranger
What can you say about a pianist whose first favorite sound was made by marbles rolling in an aluminum dishpan?
Kathleen Ryan has played snare drum in a marching band; written & performed singing telegrams; improvised music for modern dancers; & composed a folk rock opera based on the Tristan & Isolde legend.
After a very brief fling as a folk singer, & a longer interlude as a classical pianist, Kathleen began searching for ways to “sing the piano” — transform the piano into a medium as intimately expressive as the human voice.
“When I am composing,” she says, “I don’t necessarily hear music inside. Instead, I experience a subtle dissatisfaction until the sounds my hands create match the deeper emotion I feel within.”
Kathleen’s music can be anything from rollicking to serene, demonstrating that she has perfected the artistry of making the piano sing. Strong musical structure combines with beautiful melody & powerful rhythm, resulting in piano music that is direct, appealing, & unusual.
Kathleen has published four recordings: A Handfull of Quietness (transformational), The Rebirth of Light (Christmas), Under the Greenwood Tree (soothing), and Drivin’! (rambunctious).
Kathleen’s composing is influenced by the folk music of the British Isles; blues masters Robert Johnson & John Lee Hooker; American composers Gershwin, Hammerstein, & Copland; American shape note hymnody; Mozart & Schubert, of course; & the polyrhythmic coin boxes on the Providence, Rhode Island buses.



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