Denver, CO (Double Bass)
Andrew Ryan, 22, is currently studying Music Performance at Ithaca College, and has been playing the bass for 16 years. Andrew has been influenced by numerous musicians over the years. His list includes, “all of my amazing teachers and mentors over the years. After that I guess that short list goes Ray Brown, Bill Evans & Scott Lefaro, Edgar Meyer, Brian Blade, Bill Frisell, Becca Stevens, Reid Anderson, Leslie Feist, and Francois Rabbath.” A talent that Andrew wishes he had is the ability to knit sweaters.
Andrew’s advice to younger musicians is to carry all of your own stuff. In other musicians, Andrew most values honesty. He says, “I LOVE playing with musicians who are unapologetically themselves. They’re not trying to play everything they know, or just play fast or loud or whatever. I really enjoy hearing musicians whose playing says, ‘Hey this is me, this is how I’m feeling right now, and I want everyone listening to dig on that.’” At AMS, Andrew is most looking forward to meeting the other musicians with their diverse personal and musical backgrounds. He says, “I look forward to jumping in with everyone, getting our feet wet, our hands dirty, and making some seriously fun music.”
Check out Andrew playing his original composition, Ode to Otis, below:
Be sure to check out Andrew and all of the AMS musicians at the Lucas Theatre on April 8 at the Stringband Spectacular!
Stay tuned to meet more AMS musicians!