Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Ryan Anthony Francis

Oregon native composer Ryan Francis’s music has been described as “shimmering”, “focused” and “warmly lyrical” (New York Times), “sweeping” and “exceptional” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), as well as “compelling” (Los Angeles Times).  Francis’s music has been performed throughout the U.S. and internationally, and recent commissions have included works for the American Composers Orchestra, Metropolis Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Banff Centre of Canada.  He has also worked extensively with choreographer Pontus Lidberg, including STREAM, which was commissioned by the Oregon Ballet Theater.  His next project is an hour-long composition for renowned new music pianist Conor Hanick for the Prophet-6 synthesizer, to be recorded in Portland in May premiered in New York in June.  Francis did his graduate studies at the Juilliard School and undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan. His complete piano music performed by Vicky Chow is available on Tzadik Records.

Representative Works:
• Stream for Ballet
• Etudes for Piano

Visit Me Online:
• Music: SoundCloud
• Web: Ryan Anthony Francis
• Video: Stream• Video: Snow

Oregon Connection: I'm an Oregon native. I grew up here and left for college. Eventually I moved to New York for grad school and stayed for a little over a decade. Though I spent my entire adult life in New York, I've always retained my ties to Oregon and daydreamed about returning, which I finally did in 2014. I couldn't be happier! I've worked with a few Oregon groups including Fear No Music, Oregon Ballet Theater, the Columbia Symphony and Boom Arts.