Ryan M. Hare

composer | bassoonist

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If moments have no distinction, then they have no interest.” -Stephen Jay Gould

photo by Stuart Murtland

Music is the greatest invention of humanity. My life’s work as a bassoonist and composer: to explore and share the potential for music of all kinds to inspire, comfort, excite, surprise, and startle. The legendary composer and conductor Pierre Boulez spoke of music as a “labyrinth with no beginning and no end, full of new paths to discover, where mystery remains eternal.” Although I have devoted so much of my career to music of the past, even the past of hundreds of years ago, I am most devoted to music’s contemporary capacity to illuminate these new paths, where even familiar sounds, melodies, rhythms, and textures can express and connect to something new, something that is impossible to express via any other means. There is something intangible but vivid and inextinguishable about living now, in the 21st century, that music alone is able to communicate, something made possible by seeking those new musical paths.