Ryan Gould has been a stalwart Austin, Texas, string bassist since 1999. He explores and performs in various genres, specializing in early American jazz. Ryan has and continues to perform with great Texas musicians Floyd Domino, Erik Hokkanen, Jim Cullum, Jon Doyle, The Jazz Pharaohs, and many others, always keeping audiences happily engaged in the music and the shared experience. He has, through the development of his own unique style, become an internationally respected steward of slap bass.
Ryan derives his influences from music and musicians of all sorts through his backgrounds in heavy metal, punk, bluegrass, Irish music, and jazz. He infuses his distinctive style into his performances while graciously respecting the roots and traditions of his inspirations. “The music I play is alive and breathing; it’s a spiritual communication between and among anyone willing to take part in the conversation. I’m thankful to be a part of it; I also feel responsible for guiding it and ourselves to new places.”
Mr. Gould is currently on loan to Ireland for the 2014-2015 academic year. He was accepted into the MA in Community Music program at University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. The curriculum will enhance and guide his efforts to build communities through music performance, mentoring, and facilitation. Ryan will also share his experience and knowledge of jazz music and culture on stage and in lecture halls across the beautiful island.