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Ryan Wishner - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

RYAN WISHNER began playing the piano at the age of ten and was immediately captivated by ragtime music. He now plays a wider variety of music ranging from the early 19th century through the 1930s. His specialty is unearthing rare and obscure pieces from the early and mid-1800s and drawing attention to the various ways these pieces foreshadow or anticipate the development of ragtime. Rather than rely strictly on published scores, Ryan bases his performances on a wide variety of sources, including contemporaneous recordings and piano rolls drawn from his collection of vintage sheet music, piano rolls and recordings from the ragtime era – and he enjoys working on the era’s mechanical music devices (eg. player pianos and phonographs). Ryan’s solo piano sets include ragtime selections, obscure pre-ragtime pieces and some of his own, singularly personal ragtime compositions. This is his sixth RagFest performance.

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