Other Sounds

The following are a smattering of things Ryan has written for other ensembles or in specific styles.  He is pathologically interested in variety, so if you're interested in a piece similar to or completely different from what you've seen please reach out via the contact form.  He's either already got one, is interested in doing it, or knows someone who would be perfect and will put you in touch.

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Auction Block

Jazz Octet

Written for the Billy Wolfe Composers' Octet, this open-ended small group jazz tune is based on a training exercise used by auctioneers to develop speed and clarity saying numbers.

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Danse Negre, Opus 35 No. 4

Concert Band

Orchestral transcription for band of the fourth movement from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s African Suite (Opus 34). Commissioned by the Ridge View High School Wind Ensemble (Dustin King, director) and premiered during their performance at the 2021 University of South Carolina Honor Band Clinic as part of the South Carolina Music Educators Association Conference.

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Kvasir

Bass Trombone Solo

Written for Bass Trombonist Matt Jefferson and recorded on his album "Jeffersonian", this lyrical solo is inspired by the Norse myth of Kvasir as retold by author Neil Gaiman.
It is available with brass quintet or solo accompaniment.

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Quiet Tragedy

Jazz Octet

Written for the Billy Wolfe Composers' Octet, this subdued piece is highly influenced by the music of John Hollenbeck.

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Windows

Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble

Written for the University of Akron Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble and recorded on their album "Homemade Salsa", this standard by Chick Corea is for 5 horns and rhythm section in a Bembe style.