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Chris Ryan Williams

Los Angeles, CA         

Chris Ryan Williams is a performer, composer, improviser, trumpeter, and educator quickly finding himself in circles alongside LA’s finest contemporary improvisers and experimentalists. Concerned with building community across disciplines his live performances involve immersive music and multimedia aesthetics.

Performing and recording with a wide array musical luminaries from Bennie Maupin to Eyvind Kang to Solange, Williams has proven a strong communicator in various settings. His most recent work Mehahn, a performative installation created in collaboration with director Natalia Lassalle-Morillo; is exploring the effects of hereditary dissension and draws upon works from playwright Gertrude Stein and improviser Bill Dixon. In the past year, Williams has had premieres of compositions at the Blue Whale, Zebulon, and Art-Share LA with various high caliber ensembles.

Williams was invited to participate in the 2018 summer residency in Jazz and Creative Music at BANFF Centre for the Arts where he mentored, performed, and recorded with Vijay Iyer, Imani Uzuri, Graham Haynes, Morgan Guerin and Tyshawn Sorey, among others. 

Williams holds a B.M. from University of Nevada, Reno and a MFA in Performer/Composer from California Institute of the Arts.



Conceived and curated by Chris Ryan Williams, ‘Mehahn’ is a transdisciplinary work exploring the temporality and ephemerality of memories of loved ones. Drawing inspiration from Gertrude Stein’s ‘landscape theatre’ and the collaborations between avant-garde trumpeter Bill Dixon and contemporary choreographer Judith Dunn.

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