Pianist Ryan Barron Headlines 2018 Astra Arts Festival Music Offerings

Performance: Friday, July 6th, at 7 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 201 S. 5th Street, Independence, Kan.

Ryan Barron's love for music has always been divided. The son of two musicians, he grew up in a house filled with the sounds of artists ranging from Chopin to Michael Jackson. So when it comes to his own performing, he’s not content drawing on just one influence. He combines them all into a musical adventure that’s vintage yet fresh, historical yet hip, classic yet cool.

He excelled in performing throughout his middle and high school years in Tulsa, OK, then continued to impress his peers and instructors as a piano performance major at The University of Oklahoma.

After winning a piano competition that led to a concert tour in Israel, Barron

Thanks to that Israel concert tour, Barron found his artistic voice. He discovered the joy of jazz- and ragtime-inspired concert music (found on his debut album, Classical with Attitude), and is learning from great jazz pianists by replaying their solos (found on his latest album, The Masters’ Apprentice). What’s next? You’ll have to wait to find out, but rest assured that in all Barron Ryan’s music, Classic Meets Cool.

See--and hear--more at: http://www.barronryan.com/videos/

“Not only is Barron a great artist, but he’s also a wonderful entertainer!”

— Ginny in Bayonne, NJ