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Ryan Walsh

Classical Guitar from Portland, OR - Will travel up to 10 miles
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Upon graduating from the University of Oregon, I decided to follow the call of my long-time passion, the classical guitar. I bought a plane ticket to Spain, birthplace of the instrument and home to a rich and ancient musical tradition. After several years studying alongside some of the world's finest and honing my performance skills, I began to hear a different call—that of my own roots, the Pacific Northwest—and knew it was time to continue my travels. Although I have now returned home, my journey with the classical guitar has in no way come to an end. I am looking forward to sharing the beautiful, mysterious, and intensely intimate music I have discovered during my years abroad, here on my native soil.

Whether you believe in fate or not, from the very first moments in Spain, it seemed something greater than chance was guiding me toward the guitar. No sooner than checking into my hotel did I run into Ricardo Gallen, arguably the world's greatest, living classical guitarist. That evening I was personally invited to a small, private concert of his, and introduced to many in his social circle. This set me upon a path that would eventually lead me to Seville's Conservatorio Superior, renowned precisely for its preeminent classical guitar program.

There I received an education second to none. But I was never content to limit my training to the purely academic. I continually looked to the listening public for new challenges, and performed in some unforgettable venues, such as ARCO's closing ceremonies, The Cathedral of Valladolid, and numerous restaurants and special events. During summers home I have also given various concerts and played at weddings and fine dining establishments, such as Astoria's Bridgewater Bistro. Since being home, I have performed, as a solo act, at Astoria's famed Liberty Theater. And I currently play at Andina, consistently ranked among Portland's finest restaurants. These experiences, over the years, have helped me build a vast and varied repertoire as well as great confidence in my ability to relate to the public as an instrumentalist.

In my playing, I regard beauty and elegance above all else. I am a staunch perfectionist in my interpretation and work tirelessly on the guitar and over the sheet music to evoke the composer's spirit and breath life into each and every note. But all talk and merits aside, the only way to truly appreciate music is by letting it speak for itself. I am excited to let it do just that here in the Pacific Northwest. (If you would like to see me play, I'm easy to find on Youtube.) If you have a wedding or an event you feel my music may be a good fit for, don't hesitate to get in touch and we can discuss details. I look forward to hearing from you!


Repertoire

My repertoire is exceptionally wide and varied, and has been cultivated and refined over the last several years on the sole criteria of beauty. It includes, but is not limited to, a large variety of both Spanish and South American composers, such as Albéniz, Tárrega, Granados, Sor, Villa-Lobos, Barrios, and Lauro. I also perform some more modern and contemporary composers such as Roland Dyens and Leo Brouwer. Other notable composers I interpret include, J.S. Bach, Scarlatti, Eric Satie, Johann Mertz, Joaquin Malats, Stanley Meyers (The timeless Deer Hunter theme song, Cavatina) Mozart, Aguado, and last but not least, several of my own pieces. The great majority of the pieces I play are amenable in a wide variety of settings, from weddings to dinner music to formal concerts.

Outstanding Concerts

Liberty Theater (March 2013)
The Cathedral of Valladolid. Winter Concert Series, (2012)
The Cathedral of Valladolid. Museum Night, (2012)
Café España (editions I, II and III). Valladolid, Spain (2011-2012)
El Perro Andalúz. Seville, Spain, 2010
ARCO (International Contemporary Art Festival). Madrid, Spain (2010)
Spanish Guitar (Editions I and II). El Olvidadero, Valladolid, Spain (2009)
Hollywood Center (Editions I, II and III). Portland, Oregon (2009, '10, '11)
Blue Scorcher Summer Music Festival. Astoria, Oregon (2009)
Performing Arts Center (Editions I, II and III). Astoria, Oregon. (2007, '08, '09)


Dinner Music

Andina. Portland, OR: Classical guitar (2013 - present)
T. Paul's Urban Café. Astoria, Oregon: Classical guitar and piano (2002 - present)
Supper Club, Astoria. Oregon: Classical guitar (2009 - present)
Bridgewater Bistro. Astoria, Oregon: Classical guitar (2009 - present)
Yummy Wine and Bar Bistro. Seaside, Oregon: Classical guitar (2008)
San Marco. Seville, Spain: Classical guitar (2009 - 2011)
El Contenador. Seville, Spain (2009-2011)
La Cueva. Seville, Spain: Classical guitar (2009 - 2010)
Milagritos. Seville, Spain: Classical guitar (2009 - 2010)
El Berlin. Valladolid, Spain: Classical guitar (2008)
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Ryan was the icing on the cake for our garden party event. He was professional, friendly and provided a delightful ambiance for our attendees. I'd highly recommend Ryan and will certainly consider hiring him again.

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2013
Nov
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Wedding Ceremony
Port Gamble, WA
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2013
Jul
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Community Event
Seattle, WA
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Rondo Brillante
Dionisio Aguado
Asturias
Isaac Albeniz
Granada
Isaac Albeniz
Spanish Romance
Anonymous
Prelude for First Cello Suite (BWV 1007)
J.S. Bach
El Ultimo Tremolo
Agustin Barrios
La Catedral
Agustin Barrios
El Decameron Negro
Leo Brouwer
Etude no. 6
Leo Brouwer
Etude no. 17
Leo Brouwer
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Classical Guitar
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Weddings
Baby Showers
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Picnic
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Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
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Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Ryan Walsh will also travel to Beaverton, Vancouver, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Marylhurst, Clackamas, Aloha, Fairview, Gladstone, Gresham, West Linn, Camas, Troutdale, Tualatin, Hillsboro, Oregon City, Brush Prairie, Boring, Sherwood, Saint John, Wilsonville, Heisson, North Plains, Ridgefield, Washougal, Battle Ground, Corbett, Canby, Cornelius, Scappoose.
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