Drummer/percussionist/songwriter Ryan Schiedermayer masters rhythmic nuances to create a soulful, dynamic sound. A highly regarded live performance and session musician, Ryan approaches both live and studio performances with passion and care, making him adaptable to a variety of musical styles. Ryan is particularly well-versed in Latin, Jazz and R&B music. Influenced early in his career by soulful funk artists James Brown and Tower of Power, Ryan's interests expanded into the percussive depths of world music. In a quest to learn more about Latin music and culture, Ryan studied Latin/Afro-Rican technique in Puerto Rico with teacher Jesus Cepeda of the internationally famed group Los Hermanos Cepeda, and focused on developing his skills in traditional folkloric music of Puerto Rico, such as Bomba, Plena, and Salsa. Ryan's dedication to his craft has made him a highly sought after performer. He is a member and co-leader of one of Milwaukee's most popular bands Streetlife. As the Milwaukee Bucks house band, Streetlife appears in front of millions of people each season both live and on television. They have been honored with multiple awards from WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) including Best Adult Contemporary Group and Best Contemporary Jazz Group. Ryan performs with several other prominent bands and tours both nationally and abroad. He can be seen touring with nationally renowned Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans, and traveling overseas for the U.S Department of Defense and USO with Doug Allen and the Chicago Mob. Ryan also joined the Rock/R&B band Solset in 2007, and has been integral in their breakthrough EP launch. Ryan's career highlights include performing worldwide for the United States Armed Forces, and include performing with Sam Llanas of the Bodeans and Grammy nominee's Jeff Lorber, Jim Peterik, and Ignacio Berroa. Ryan has also opened for several national acts, including Arturo Sandoval, Tower of Power, and Spyro Gyra. Ryan shares his energy and enthusiasm for music by teaching drum set and Latin percussion to students at Interstate Music Company, and conducts clinics at schools and music stores regionally. He is a Meinl Percussion artist. Ryan is also a member of the academic staff at UW Milwaukee and works in the Dance and Theatre department as an instructional accompanist. Ryan's latest musical endeavor has been his greatest joy. Sentido, Ryan's first solo album, showcases his rhythmic sensibility and songwriting skills. Co-produced with Streetlife guitarist Peter Mac, Sentido blends contemporary Jazz and R&B with organic percussive elements, creating a fresh and sophisticated sound.
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