Ryan Rey, Director of Seventh Avenue Performances
Ryan Rey is a composer, guitarist, and teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area. He writes music for a diverse array of mediums including chamber ensembles, rock groups, videogames, and film.
At the age of 5, Ryan’s first instrument was a bright orange and neon green plastic toy guitar and his first recording setup was a Playschool cassette player with microphone combo. Using this toy tape recorder, he captured the sound of his screaming voice and feedback noises. This was his first exploration into composition.
Nowadays, classical chamber music, electronic loops, heavy metal, and a mix of other genres influence Ryan’s writing. His compositions have been performed by REDSHIFT Ensemble, The Living Earth Show, Guy Livingston (piano), Stephan Poetzsch (violin), and numerous ensembles from CSUEB that include: Jazz Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Trombone Ensemble. Feature film soundtracks include: All About Dad (2009), Liquor Store Cactus (2009), and documentary Wallah’s Corner Store (2013).
In 2009, Ryan was the inaugural recipient of the Glenn Glasow Fellowship in Music Composition. Other awards include: ASCAP Plus Award, Sheet Music Plus Editor’s Pick, and CSUEB Leadership Fund Award. He has been commissioned by REDSHIFT Ensemble, Guerrilla Composers Guild, Meerenai Shim (flute), International Low Brass Trio, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Intersection Workshop, and CSUEB Symphonic Band.
Ryan holds an M.A. in Music Composition from CSU, East Bay and now teaches there and at Pyramind and Fusion Academy. He is an Artistic Director and the Executive Director for Composers, Inc., and also plays guitar (sometimes trombone and backup vocals) in the chiptune/folk/doom/chamber music group The Mineral Kingdom.