Ryan Townsend Strand, 23, is a young composer and Tenor hailing from the Twin Cities, MN. Currently he is attending Northwestern University in Evanston, IL for a Master's in Voice & Opera. He studies with mezzo-soprano, Theresa Brancaccio. Strand has traveled the U.S.and internationally performing and sharing his passion for music. His most recent credits include Nerone in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea and Al Joad in American composer Ricky Ian Gordon's, The Grapes of Wrath. As a composer, Strand focuses on the human voice as his main medium, stemming from his upbringing in the choral tradition of the Midwest. He currently sings with Dr. Donald Nally in the ensemble BCE of the Bienen School of Music, premiering new works of contemporary composers as well as performing early music. With his voice and through the voices of others, Strand aims to become a well-known name in the world of music.
About the Music:
When I first found out about the Twitter Commission, I was immediately drawn to the idea of using social media as the basis for a work. In our day and age, information is exchanged rapidly and forgotten just as quickly. Taking a short "tweet" and expanding it into a musical work was quite a challenge, but surprisingly there was a lot of emotion revealed in 140 characters or less. The piece #Red uses the passion found in the color to evoke feelings of longing, sensuality, and love. I was drawn to the tweet for its simplicity and for the abstract hashtag that the music now hinges upon. I am so thankful that whateverandeveramen. invited me to participate in this project and could not be more excited to hear the outcome.
All you ever wanted
was right there in front of you
realizing all you wanted
was right in front of you
You are everything I want