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It’s no surprise that Barron Ryan began his distinguished music career before his fifth birthday. As the son of two musicians, Barron Ryan grew up in a house filled with sounds ranging from Chopin to Vince Guaraldi to Isaac Hayes. Under the tutelage of his father, Donald Ryan—accomplished pianist and student of Andrzej Wasowski and Aldo Mancinelli, Barron earned a reputation as a talented young musician. During his secondary education, he was a prizewinner in numerous competitions, including the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Senior Audition (OMTA) and received first place. Barron’s fascinations with jazz and rhythm soon expanded his classical repertoire and translated into dedicated drumming. Drawing on influences such as the Glenn Miller band, KODO, and Stomp, Barron was soon a well-known member of his high school drumline and jazz band.  It wasn’t long until he was playing drums in his father’s jazz trios.

Barron’s drive and determination served him well at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in piano performance while playing drums in the jazz band. Under the teaching Dr. Edward Gates, Barron increasingly turned his focus toward the piano, and the genres of classical, jazz, and funk continued to attract his attention. He played in jazz combos, won the OU School of Music Concerto Competition, and garnered first prize in the OMTA Collegiate Auditions.

Since graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Barron has resided and performed in Tulsa. When it comes to his own performing, Barron is not content drawing on just one of his musical influences; he combines them all into an experience that’s vintage yet fresh, historical yet hip, classic yet cool. He has created a program that has wowed audiences from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame to the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. Barron’s prowess in ragtime took him to the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival and the Eagles and Ivories Ragtime Weekend as a performer. Not only that, but he composed an original ragtime score for the short film “Pistachio Thief.”

In 2012 he added “international artist” to his accolades with tours in Japan and Israel. Barron’s program of jazz-infused classical music introduced the works of George Gershwin, William Bolcom, and Nikolai Kapustin to sold-out audiences in both countries. His virtuosic transcription of Oscar Peterson’s “Blues Etude” brought each crowd of concertgoers to their feet in applause.

Barron continues to perform awe-inspiring transcriptions of some of the best jazz pianists ever: Art Tatum, James P. Johnson, and of course Oscar Peterson. His technique and musicality have earned him high regard in the worlds of classical, jazz, and ragtime piano. Barron also plays with his father as Ryan & Ryan, performing crowd-pleasing combinations of classic and original piano duets across the United States. This year he released his first solo album, Classical with Attitude, collection of concert music infused with jazz or ragtime. Whether you’re looking for music with heritage or edge, Barron Ryan will give you a timeless performance.

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Made in Tulsa This spring, Tulsa shows off its native talent with a special musical event celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month. On April 19, Foolish Things Coffee Company will present Tulsa pianist Barron Ryan in an enthralling concert experience combining music and storytelling called A Brief History of Piano Jazz. Spotlight on Jazz America celebrates one […]

Barron Ryan is excited to announce his first-ever product endorsement! He’s teamed up with Tulsa, OK company Two Guys Bow Ties, whose wooden lapel flowers will blow your mind with their coolness. Barron and Two Guys began their partnership through the 1 Million Cups gathering of entrepreneurs in Tulsa, where they shared coffee and immediately recognized […]

  On Sunday morning, October 13, Barron had the honor of giving his first radio interview on AM 1170 KFAQ’s show, ‘The Place for Parties’. Host Nicole Graber asked Barron on the show to talk about his musical background, playing piano for events, and his new home concert series, Keyboard Confidential. The interview is still […]

Pianist to perform in homes for new series, Keyboard Confidential. Tulsa-based pianist Barron Ryan is giving party hosts everywhere a new reason to invite their friends over with his new ongoing house concert series, Keyboard Confidential. To make his solo piano music even more intimate, Ryan will work with individuals to bring awe-inspiring performances to their own […]

Pianist Barron Ryan kicked off the release of his debut album, Classical with Attitude, with style and aplomb last Friday, March 8. A sold-out audience converged on Foolish Things Coffee Company in Tulsa, OK to witness this emerging artist perform almost the entirety of his new CD, which features concert music infused with jazz or ragtime […]

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Classical with Attitude

Album artwork for Barron Ryan's "Classical with Attitude."

 

Concert music gets feisty when infused with jazz and ragtime on this debut album by pianist Barron Ryan. Audience favorite George Gershwin finds company in contemporary composers Nikolai Kapustin and William Bolcom for a rhythmic, lyrical, and adventurous recording of Classical with Attitude.

Click the links below to purchase.

      

 

Tulsa Area Retailers
Bison & Bear
509 S. Boston Ave, NO 101-B
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103
(918) 813-9949

Dwelling Spaces
119 S. Detroit Ave
Tulsa, OK 74120
(918) 582-1033

Foolish Things Coffee Company
1001 South Main St.
Tulsa, OK 74119
(918) 857-2326

Ida Red
3336 South Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK
(918) 949-6950

Saied Music Company
3259 S. Yale Ave
Tulsa, OK 74135
(918) 742-5541

Saied Music South
9320 E 71st Street
Tulsa, OK 74133
(918) 252-5541

Media

  • CWA Response

    CWA Response

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    The audience raves about Barron’s ‘Classical with Attitude’ release party.
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  • A Tribute to Oscar Peterson

    A Tribute to Oscar Peterson

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    Discover the inspiration for Barron’s performance of Oscar Peterson’s ‘Blues Etude’.
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  • Oscar Peterson ‘Blues Etude’ Transcription

    Oscar Peterson ‘Blues Etude’ Transcription

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    Barron plays his transcription of Oscar Peterson’s ‘Blues Etude’.
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  • Toccatina, Op. 36 by Nikolai Kapustin

    Toccatina, Op. 36 by Nikolai Kapustin

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    Watch Barron play Toccatina, Op. 36 by Nikolai Kapustin.
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  • Concert Etude No. 1 ‘Prelude’ by Nikolai Kapustin

    Concert Etude No. 1 ‘Prelude’ by Nikolai Kapustin

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    Barron plays Concert Etude No. 1, Op. 40 by Nikolai Kapustin.
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  • ‘Graceful Ghost Rag’ by William Bolcom

    ‘Graceful Ghost Rag’ by William Bolcom

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    Barron plays ‘Gracefule Ghost Rag’ by William Bolcom.
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  • Memphis Stomp

    Memphis Stomp

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    Barron plays ‘Memphis Stomp’ by Dave Grusin.
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Keyboard Confidential

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The concert comes to you in Barron Ryan’s ongoing home performance series, Keyboard Confidential. Throw your friends a party they’ll never forget—one where they will enjoy an astounding piano performance, each other, and your hospitality. Keyboard Confidential: Good friends, great music.

For more information, use the links below:

What is Keyboard Confidential?
Need to know how to describe Keyboard Confidential? Click this link.
Information Sheet
To view the one-page information sheet, click here.
Sample Timeline
View the outline of a standard Keyboard Confidential by clicking this link.
Audience Testimonials
Absolute talent! Priceless time well spent among friends.”

 

Keyboard Confidential is a joy. Barron is as personable as he is skilled, and given the setting, his music couldn’t couldn’t be more accessible.”

 

How lovely when all the parts come together to form something so close to perfection that it won’t leave your mind!”

   
Amazing! Not only a great artist but a wonderful entertainer.”

 

Testimonial Video
See what Barron’s audience members say about his performing. Click here to view the video.
More Details
We’d love to share even more details if you’re interested in bringing Keyboard Confidential to your home. Please contact us for more information.

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Do you want to know how much Barron practices everyday? Maybe you’re curious where he got the killer cufflinks in his videos. Whatever the reason for your question, use the form on the right to ask away.

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If you’re interested in booking Barron for a solo concert, performance with orchestra, school visit, retirement community program, or private event, we’re really happy about that. You can find his electronic press kit, list of programs, testimonials, and sample technical rider on the For Presenters page.

For further inquiries, use the contact form or call (539) 664-9964.

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