Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Ryan Edwards

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.

I Have Worked With

  • I am a "Neighborhood Artist" represented by Celebrity Series and a proud part of the organizations community outreach. As well, I am often engaged in strategic planning and creative discussions at organizational meetings. 

  • I am a musician for dance at Harvard in the dance department

  • i am often engaged as a lecturer on Creativity, Inquiry and Entrepeneurship. 

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Ryan
Job Title/Position: 
Artist / Composer
Physical Address: 
282 Common Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Last Name: 
Edwards
Phone: 
734-323-1419

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Ballet
Dance - Hip Hop
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Design - Architecture
Design - Graphic
Design - Landscape Architecture
Design - Urban / Metropolitan
Humanities - Anthropology
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - Literature
Humanities - Philosophy
Literary Arts - General
Literary Arts- Fiction
Literary Arts - Poetry
Media - General
Media - Audio / Sound
Media - Digital
Media - Film
Media - Video
Multi-Disciplinary
Music - General
Music - Composition
Music - Electronica
Music - Jazz
Music - New
Music - Opera
Music - Orchestral
Music - R&B / Soul
Music - Rap / Hip-Hop
Music - Traditional
Theater - General
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Musical
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Clay
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Light Art
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Stone
Visual/Crafts - Wood / Bark
Year Founded: 
2009
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
French
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
BFA Performance from Berklee College of Music with a Minor in Africana Studies
Awards: 
New Music America Grant Recipient
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities
I have taught drum and music classes to populations with limited sight, hearing and mobility.

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
for regional performances of my AfroBeat Band: 16 channel sound board and venue- appropriate sound system.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$3,500
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
12

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Dance
Design
Literature
Media
Music
Ages Served: 
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$500