Now

IMG 0924 2

 



Kathleen Ryan

Pianist, Composer, Mystic, Poet



What I’m doing now

I’m living (with my R-T-G and 2 remarkable orange cats) at Happy Camp, in the piñon-juniper forest south of the small art/ranching community of Mountainair, New Mexico.

Passages, my newest CD, is released and available everywhere:  Spotify. CDBaby. iTunes. Amazon. Also Pandora Premium.

WIth Keith in Santa Fe, July 2019.

66442398 10217085078310487 3770724317994680320 o

I’ve complete notating the pieces from Passages. They are available in the store as individual titles and as an ebook as well. You can find them here.

I’m practicing my jazz (such as it is) for a concert by the Salinas Chorale here in Mountainair in May. That is of course assuming that the chorale gets to rehearse in the next 2 months (which they aren’t right now, for you know why), and that the governor lifts restrictions on public gatherings before May. My jazz playing will still be improved, regardless!

My concerts last autumn were wonderful! My friend & collaborator, concert artist Keith Porter Snell, surprised me by coming to my concert in Mountainair in November. Most of the time he lives in Bath, England, and he had just arrived in Santa Fe the day before. I had not expected him to come the 90+ miles to my little town so soon in his visit. And I have to admit, I was just a bit intimidated, because I was going to play my piece Forgive (from Verbs), in public for the first time. And of course: Keith recorded it. I wrote it for him! So many arpeggios! All left hand! I expected to be too scared to play even a measure, but once that measure was played, all the others seemed quite do-able. Isn’t it always that way: starting is the hardest part. It was so fabulous to play for my home audience and Keith, all at the same time. I am so blessed.


I spend my time on these things:

  • Creating and practicing music for Meditations of My Heart, a new CD of spiritual songs that I will record in 2020.
  • Learning Irish Gaelic, with the help of Bitesize Irish Gaelic and Duolingo. Spanish and French are on hold at the moment, but I’ll be a polyglot yet.
  • Planning garden improvements for Happy Camp. I feel like we did pretty well in tumbleweed removal last fall and so I’m hoping that this year I can concentrate on some new plantings, and on removing snakeweed, which is only half as annoying as tumbleweed.


I still believe that creativity flows from my willingness to say yes. Just yes. Then act, & hear where it takes me.

I also believe that too many notes ruin a piece of music. I’m choosing the notes that count and throwing the rest of them away. (The rejected notes go to a kind of music waiting room, of course, where they hum in anticipation of being chosen for another piece.)

When my activities or priorities change, I’ll update this page. This update: March 21, 2020.

Slán go fóill!*

Kathleen

A little touch of “Then”:

IMG 20170306 0013.jpg

This would be in the early 1990s. (Yikes!)



CREDIT: Page idea by Derek Sivers, h/t Steven Cravis.

*That’s “bye for now" in Irish, in case you didn’t know.

© 2006-2020 Topaz Productions • Email Kathleen