A monthly series curated by RDL+, Bay Area Bridges celebrates the Bay Area music scene with Oakland as its launch pad. This month, join us for an adventurous and explorative evening as we transverse the work of Ryan Pate and his graphic scores. Ryan is a talented and accomplished guitarist/composer who has opened our minds to new techniques and sounds, and will open yours too!
A Clearwater, Florida native and Berkeley resident via NYC, guitarist and composer Ryan Pate began his musical journey by learning songs by ear on a hand me down acoustic guitar. His ear led him from Rock of the 90’s, to Blues, and then to jazz, where he found his passion. Since then, Ryan has had the opportunity to perform and collaborate with variety of musicians in Florida, New York, City, Europe, and the California Bay Area. As a composer, his music is informed by an array of musical traditions - Jazz, Bebop, Free Improvisation, Contemporary Classical, Rock, all contribute to his palate.
Of his album Human/Alien, Bradley Bambarger writes: “Guitarist-composer Ryan Pate has crafted a beguiling debut with Human/Alien (BFG Records), an album of forward-minded jazz where the earthy and otherworldly mingle and meld. With Human/Alien, Pate aimed to create ‘a world in sound – music that’s cinematic, which is something a lot of my favorite records share,’ he says. ‘The title, Human/Alien, reflects a duality I’ve always been drawn to, things that are both human and strange – the earthy, human essence being an emphasis on melody, and the alien being an ethereal, atmospheric quality.’”
Ryan Holds a Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music in Performance, Composition, and Pedagogy, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida.
With their 2014 debut album, Más P’alla Va, RDL+ is building an original sound that embodies the members’ collective ideas, inspirations, and histories. RDL+ is Ruthie Dineen on keys, Doug Lee on bass, Luis Salcedo on guitar, plus(+) the Bay Area's best up-and-coming musicians. The group focuses on writing and playing original compositions, while taking both lyrical and open improvisations on the pieces. While maintaining an aesthetic stemming from traditional jazz, the group experiments with odd meters, timbre, form, and melodic ideas. Nonetheless, the exploratory nature of the group is always rooted in the essence of the composed or arranged pieces.
Ruthie Dineen, piano
Doug Lee, bass
Luis Salcedo, guitar
Doors 6:30 pm // Show 7:00
$10-15 sliding scale.
*No refunds or exchanges permitted*