Biography

Anne L Ryan is a charismatic singer whose influences draw on various modern and world musical styles, composed and improvisatory. She produces performances of profound intensity that can be deeply meditative as well as highly celebratory. Her captivating singing is a celebration of the power and versatility of the human voice. Inspired by the sean-nós of her Celtic roots, with neatly tempered world and new music influences, she sings both a cappella and with accompaniments - electro-acoustic soundscapes, quartz crystal sound bowl, spatial sonics and acoustic instruments.  Anne's musical interest lies in writing and performing music for voice. The genre of music that best describes her taste is vocal music theatre, new music, and world music.  Following the release of her solo album "Moving Tone" in 2005 Anne has been involved with new music composition and improvisation. "Moving Tone" is produced by composer, double bass player, and improviser Simon Fell who accompanies her, together with the late Eric Roche, finger-style guitarist, on this delicate and innovative album. Through this collaboration Anne gained a new confidence in modern music styles which led her into a much deeper exploration of her vocal potential. In the years since 2006 she has been focussing on vocal theatre work, and broadening her composition horizons through learning about contemporary music making.  She lives in Oxford where she collaborates, teaches voice and performs.

Vocal expertise  Anne has developed her vocal teaching knowledge through performance, training, and experience working with a number of voice practitioners since she started her practice in Cambridge in 2005. Vocal Development and Choir Leader Training : Frankie Armstrong and Darien Pritchard (NVPN); Music theatre specialists Lore Lixenberg, Mezzo-Soprano and director, London; Frances M Lynch, Soprano, Electric Voice Theatre, London.  Voice and Theatre: David Goldsworthy, Roy Hart Theatre, Malarargues, France; Margaret Pikes, Roy Hart Theatre, London; Voice and Clowning: Vivienne Gladwell, Nose to Nose, UK;   Caitlin Matthews, Celtic sound healer, Oxford;  James D’Angelo, Sound Healer, London.    Visit the diary page to see forthcoming workshops