Billband

Towards Daybreak

Innova 841

 

1. Simple Lines (6:21)

2. Towards Daybreak (9:34)

3. Rapid Assembly (7:31)

4. A Simple Place (8:04)

5. Solitude in Transit (8:06)

6. Friction (6:37)

7. Sparkle (3:43)

8. Blurred (10:01)

 

All music composed by Bill Ryan

 

Billband:

Ashley Bathgate, cello

Vicky Chow, piano

David Cossin, percussion

Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet

Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello

Jonathan Nichol, saxophones

Todd Reynolds, violin

 

 

Simple Lines

Ashley Bathgate, cellos

 

Towards Daybreak

Vicky Chow, piano

David Cossin, vibraphone

Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet

Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello

Jonathan Nichol, also saxophone

Todd Reynolds, violin

 

Rapid Assembly

Vicky Chow, piano

David Cossin, marimba, vibraphone, drum set

Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet

Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello

Jonathan Nichol, alto saxophone

Todd Reynolds, violin

 

A Simple Place

Todd Reynolds, violins, violas

Paul DeJong, cellos

 

Solitude in Transit

Vicky Chow, piano

David Cossin, drum set

Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet

Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello

Jonathan Nichol, saxophones

Todd Reynolds, violin

 

Friction

Vicky Chow, piano

David Cossin, marimba, vibraphone, drum set

Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet

Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello

Jonathan Nichol, alto saxophone

Todd Reynolds, violin

 

Sparkle

Vicky Chow, piano

David Cossin, glockenspiel

Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet

Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello

Jonathan Nichol, soprano saxophone

Todd Reynolds, violin

 

Blurred

Live performance, Grand Valley State University, 9/26/12

Ashley Bathgate, cello

Vicky Chow, piano

Todd Reynolds, violin

 

Produced by Silas Brown and Bill Ryan

 

Recorded at Sear Sound, New York, NY, Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY, Still Life Recording, North Adams, MA, GVSU, Allendale, MI.

 

Engineer

Silas Brown

Assistant Engineers

Ryan Streber, Ted Tuthill, Kevin Harper

Engineer, Blurred

Nate Bliton

Edited and Mixed by Silas Brown and Bill Ryan at Legacy Sound, New Rochelle, NY

Mastered by Randy Merrill, Masterdisc, New York, NY

 

Photography and design

Lynn Lane

 

Sparkle, Towards Daybreak, Solitude in Transit and Friction commissioned by Karen Stokes Dance and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, for KSD's production The Secondary Colors.

Rapid Assembly commissioned by Opus 21

A Simple Place commissioned by Todd Reynolds and Musiqa

 

Innova Director

Philip Blackburn

Operations Manager

Chris Campbell

Publicist

Steve McPherson

 

Innova is supported by an endowment from the McKnight Foundation

 

 

Almost nine years between recordings, and a lot has happened in my life--another beautiful child, relocating to the midwest. New friends, strengthening connections with old ones. Teaching my son to drive, teaching my daughters to play. Watching my students become young adults while my own teachers begin to retire. All of these experiences impact my music, but none greater than the sudden loss of my parents--my mother in an automobile accident, my father from cancer. While I was initially paralyzed by these losses, life did continue, and eventually, the music did too. This CD comes out of these experiences--it is about loss, it is about grieving, it is about carrying on. It is also a celebration, an appreciation, and a thank-you.

 

I'd like to give special thanks to my incredible band--David, Vicky, Pablo, Jonathan, Ashley, Todd and Michael; to my trusted collaborator Karen Stokes and her beautiful dance company, who heard enough in my music to ask for more; to Ashlee Busch, Adam Cuthbert, and Dan Rhode, who are constant reminders of why I love to teach; to my brother John Ryan and sister Kate McMillan; to David and Carolyn Anderson; to Kurt Ellenberger, Craig Boyd, Marc Mellits and Rob Smith; to Steve Swartz and DotDotDot Music; to the team at innova Recordings; to Tim Darwish, Lynn Lane, Silas Brown, Nate Bliton, and Andrew Russo. 

 

My greatest thanks goes to my wife Kaarin and our children Joshua, Anneli and Sofia. Their continual encouragement and support are how I am able to do any of this. 

 

 

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