Ryan Marvel is an award-winning pianist, composer and arranger from Fort Collins, Colorado. Ryan is known for bringing great emotion and personal touch to each performance and composition, and connects with his audiences through vulnerability and storytelling.
He has released six studio albums since 2005. His CDs, Reflecting Forward and Winter II each won Album of the Year honors from Whisperings Solo Piano Radio and SoloPiano.com (2017) and from SoloPianoChristmas.com (2018), respectively. His most recent solo piano album Generous Night, Redeem (2019) is an all original collection that explores the range of the human experience – the light and the dark. The record features a collaboration with his mother Betti, a published writer, who penned an original poem to correspond with each piece on the album. The album won Album of the Year from Whisperings Solo Piano Radio for 2019.
Ryan’s music can be heard on Pandora, Spotify, Sirius XM Radio, Apple Music, Amazon Music and YouTube. Ryan’s passions include family, wolves, skiing, red wine, really good coffee and sleeping until 11:00am. Ryan’s true love is daughter Elena Rose, affectionately called “Lanie”.
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“The Changing Light”
“Changing Light” is the first movement of the “Winter Solstice Miniatures” – a cello and piano duet composed by Ryan Marvel and Heidi Mausbach. The pieces were originally performed for Off the Hook Arts’ Winterfest 2019 “Keys of Winter” concert.
Recorded at Coupe Studios in Boulder, Colorado this August, the trio of pieces are a contemplative experience. They touch on the growth, rest, and peace that the winter months encourage.
The sheet music for “The Changing Light” and the entirety of “The Winter Solstice Miniatures” is available at ryanmarvel.com or at Boomer Music in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The other two movements of “The Winter Solstice Miniatures” will be released on all streaming services and here on the OtHArts’ Alcove on November 13th and December 11th.
In the spirit of “We Shall Overcome”, this piece is about rising above injustice and walking forward being your best self. As you will see in the video, the left hand continually crosses over the right hand, always rising. This represents the effort to live with integrity and compassion, no matter what.
In this time of cruel headlines and vitriol and negativity that has the potential to do harm, we should attempt to overwhelm hatred and cowardice with love and light. Overwhelm darkness and injustice with compassion. It takes strength and courage, no question… but it is important to not give power to voices filled with rage that are rooted in insecurity, false judgement or fear.
Tell your own story. Love, listen and be your best self.
“Horizons” composed and performed live by Ryan Marvel. From the award-winning album “Reflecting Forward”
Performed on September 30, 2018 at Piano Haven Studios in Sedona, AZ. Video and Audio by Joe Bongiorno of Piano Haven Studios.