From a beginning in big band jazz, to an extensive study in West African music and dance, Ryan has been on the path to make people dance since he began in music.
Currently producing interdisciplinary art and performance work, he continues to explore music, installations and design for dance as well as various site-specific works. He is the co-founder and drummer for Boston-based afrobeat band Federator N°1.
Ryan is a New Music America Grant Recipient and travels extensively to perform, install and create works, and compose music for dance. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in performance from Berklee College of Music and a minor in Africana Studies. For 10 years he led annual adventure-travel missions to Guinea, West Africa.
Ryan is most proud to be a father of two beautiful children, Jafiah and Maya.