Ryan Oldham

EIO at the Nelson Atkins Museum

March 24, 2015

This Saturday March 28, The Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes (EIO) will play two short concerts in the Nelson Atikins Museum of Art.

Come join us in the Sculpture Hall at 1:30pm or 2:30pm!

More info here!

Numera with TEMPO!

February 19, 2015

TEMPO new music ensemble will perform "Numera" at the University of Maryland. This will be the first time "Numera" has been performed outside of Kansas City!

Rehearsals, set, and costumes are well on their way. This promises to be a fantastic performance.

Here are the details!

Monday, March 2nd at 8:00 PM

Gildenhorn Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

University of Maryland

EIO performing at Prospero's Books

February 4, 2015

The Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes (EIO) will perform at Prospero's Books on Friday February 6. The show is part of a fundraising event for EIO's short tour to the East Coast.

We will also have our album release party at Vinyl Renaissance and Audio on 39th Friday February 13th! Details to come!

Please join us for an irreproducible evening!

8:00 PM, Friday February 6

Prospero's Books

1800 West 39th Street, KC, MO 64111

E.I.O. Album Is On The Way!

January 19, 2015

The Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes (EIO) is releasing their first album next month. To get the album finished, we are using Kickstarter to raise the remaining funds. Please visit this link to read more!


Oldham and Huerbin collaborate for the 2014-15 ArtSounds Series

July 31, 2014

Composer Ryan Oldham and artist David Huerbin are collaborating for an exciting program as part of the 2014-15 ArtSounds program.

ArtSounds is a program jointly produced by the UMKC Conservatory and the Kansas City Art Institute. It focuses on cross-discipline collaborations and exploring new relationships between sound and sight.

Oldham and Huerbin will present their work at 7:30 PM on Tuesday October 14 in Vanderslice Hall (on the KCAI campus).

E.I.O. is in the studio!

July 31, 2014

The Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes (E.I.O.) is heading to the studio starting August 2nd to start their first album! Admittedly, the album will be reproducible, but the group hopes to capture the spirit of spontaneity in these structured improvisations.

Updates on the recording process as things progress.

E.I.O. at 10th Annual Fringe Fest

July 16, 2014

The Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes (EIO) will have four performances at Kansas City's 10th annual Fringe Festival.

We will perform at ArtsKC - 106 Southwest Blvd., KC MO (map it here!)

Please join us on any and all of the following evenings:

- Friday July 18, 8:00 PM

- Monday July 21, 6:30 PM

- Wednesday July 23, 6:30 PM

- Friday July 25, 8:00 PM

Tickets are available online.

EIO ...live at the Brick (in KC, MO)

March 31, 2014

A trio of trios!

Come see the Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes (EIO) live at the Brick: 1727 McGee, Kansas City, MO. The show begins at 9:00 PM.

EIO will be the first in the line up of three trios. Also featured are the Jorge Arana Trio and Glimpse Trio.


Liberty Science Center to feature "Symphony for Wind Ensemble"

January 22, 2014

The Liberty Science Center has created a Rubik's Cube exhibit that will open in April 2014. The exhibit celebrates the 40th anniversary of the puzzle cube.

A section of the exhibit showcases the Rubik's Cube's influence in the arts. My work "Symphony for Wind Ensemble" will be featured in this part of the exhibit, as it was composed using a Rubik's Cube.

A video-taped interview is scheduled for Friday January 24, to be used in the exhibit. For more information about the Liberty Science Center and this exhibit, click here!

R. Andrew Lee to Premiere New Work

September 14, 2013

Noted pianist and expert in minimalism gives a recital of recent experimental / minimal music for piano in The Wild Beast.

Friday October 4, 8:00 PDT

The Wild Beast, California Institute of the Arts

24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, California

The program will include a premier of of my new piano work, "Inner Monologues (Ven Diagram of Six Pitches)".

More information about R. Andrew Lee is available on his website!


Tom Johnson - Block Design for Piano

Ryan Oldham - Inner Monologues (Venn Diagram of Six Pitches), a world premiere


Jürg Frey - Klavierstück 2

Jürg Frey - Pianist, Alone (No. 2)

KC Metropolis Reviews "Love, Numbers, and Television"

July 23, 2013

Lee Hartman, editor-in-chief for KC Metropolis, recently reviewed our Fringe program, "Love, Numbers, and Television." KC Metropolis is an online arts journal in Kansas City. "Love, Numbers, and Television" is a program that pairs my children's opera "Numera" with Jonathan Robertson's "And the TV said..."

Read the whole scoop on their website!

(For additional details about both works, check out our tumblr page! )

Performances begin tomorrow!

July 18, 2013

Our program "Love, Numbers, and Television" begins at 6:00 PM this Friday at the Unicorn Theater. You won't want to miss these fantastic performances!

Here is a teaser from "Numera" to get you hungry for more!

Get your tickets!

July 16, 2013

Fringe Festival performances begin this week! Get your tickets today!!!


Rehearsals beginning this week!

July 9, 2013

We are in rehearsal mode for "Numera" and "And The TV Said...". Tonight we held the first rehearsal for "Numera" and it went better than I could have expected. What a fantastic group of musicians!

Tomorrow, we begin rehearsal for Jon Robertson's "And The TV Said..". I am excited to put this all together. One thing is for sure, this is going to be one fantastic concert. You won't want to miss it!

For additional details about performances and Fringe Festival, please check out our tumblr page! http://lovenumberstv.tumblr.com/

Fringe Fest!

July 1, 2013

Oldham's opera "Numera" and Jon Robertson's "And The TV Said" will receive three performances this July at Kansas City's Fringe Festival. Both pieces border on the absurd. The performances will take place at the historic Unicorn Theater on these evenings:

Friday July 19: 6:00 PM

Thursday July 25: 9:00 PM

Saturday July 27: 7:30 PM

Check out additional details about both works at our tumblr page! http://lovenumberstv.tumblr.com/

Music and Movement on Impulse

June 8, 2013

Music and Movement on Impulse Impromptu music and sounds from The Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes with dancing and movement by The Smith Project, Choreographer and Dancer Marisa MacKay 2012-2013 Charlotte Street Studio Resident.

Friday, June 14, 6:00pm and 7:30pm performances

Oppenstein Park - the north east corner of 12th & Walnut, KCMO

EMM mini-festival: Western Michigan University

March 16, 2013

E.I.O. (the Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes) will be performing this Sunday night at Western Michigan University. E.I.O. is an improvisation ensemble featuring David McIntire on electonics, clarinet, and ocarina; Brian Padavic on bass; Ryan Oldham on trumpet. They will perform McIntire's "This B is for Brian".

Performance is to take place in the Dalton Center's Multimedia Room. The program begins at 7:30 PM.

Kids Club Performance is still on!

February 22, 2013

Despite the aftermath of Winter Storm Q, tomorrow morning's performances of "Numera" and "Pondery" are still on!

These performances are part of a series called Kids Club. Children and parents share a ticket for only $10.

For complete details, CLICK HERE

Premiere Tomorrow!

February 11, 2013

Tomorrow night (2.12.13) is the premiere of my new chamber opera "Numera". It will be paired with a chamber opera by Nihan Yesil titled "Pondery". The event is free!

For complete details, CLICK HERE

Dress Rehearsals Underway

February 8, 2013

Another fantastic rehearsal of "Numera" tonight. The instrumental quintet is sounded strong. Who needs a conductor with players like this?!

Hearing shapes/characters take life has been amazing. You won't want to miss Jedd Schneider and Michelle McIntire's performances!

Come see us this Tuesday February 12!

Opera Premiere!

February 5, 2013

My latest opera, "Numera" will receive its premier on Tuesday February 12 as part of the ArtSounds series!

For complete details, CLICK HERE

"Numera" is a children's opera, in theory. It takes place in a fictional land named Numera, where lives a Triangle and a Square. Both shapes get along fairly well, although not without their disagreements. Then one day, a Circle arrives in Numera. Both Triangle and Square are infatuated with Circle. Circle asks them both to sing a song as a sort of contest. The winner of the contest will then leave Numera with Circle! Who will she choose?

To make matters more interesting, the entire libretto is written as a series of numbers, each shape with their own unique set. The vocalists must use inflection, gesture, and dynamics to emote a kind of implied story line, leaving the audience to interpret the meaning of the text.

"Numera" will be paired with the premier of Nihan Yesil's "Pondery", a new interpretation of "Through the Looking Glass".


February 5, 2013

It has been so long since I updated my website. I'm awful at this! I need a publicist. Any volunteers? I assure you that there has been a lot of fantastic news. New Years resolution: UPDATE WEBSITE!

Quadrivium to perform "Poésie Lyrique"

June 15, 2011

The new music ensemble Quadrivium will perform "Poésie Lyrique" on a recital set for June 21, 2011. This recital is part of a summer composition festival called "Musica Aestas" For more information, please CLICK HERE to listen to my music.

Listen to my music!

April 7, 2011

The audio player on my website is currently disabled. In the meantime, please CLICK HERE to listen to my music.

Summer Composition Workshop

February 17, 2011

Young musicians age 14 and up are invited to participate in a week of intensive composition study in Kansas City!

Students will have lessons with professional composers, a series of new music concerts, and lectures on different aspects of composition and orchestration.

No composition experience is necessary, although students should have working knowledge of treble and bass clef, various meters, and instrumental skill.

For complete details, CLICK HERE

NASA Regional Conference

February 17, 2011

Oldham's newest composition for solo saxophone and piano titled "Caravan" was selected for performance at the regional NASA conference in Indianola, IA.

The performance is on March 26th at 10:00 AM in Lekberg Hall on the campus of Simpson College.

"Caravan" was written for saxophonist Christopher Barrick, assistant professor at West Liberty University.

Elevator Music

September 2, 2008

Oldham's "Resting In Tall Grass" was selected for performance at the Göteborg Book Fair 2008 in Göteborg, Sweden.

The piece will be performed in "the spectacular outdoor elevator of Gothia Hotel (which offers a magnificent view over Gothenburg) at the Göteborg International Book Fair 25-28 September 2008. The fair is held at the Swedish Exhibition Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden. With over 100,000 visitors this is the largest cultural event in the Nordic region".

For more information CLICK HERE

Student Orchestra to Play "Chords of December"

April 9, 2008

The Ragsdale High School string orchestra, under the direction of Andrew Oldham, will perform Ryan Oldham's "Chords of December" on an upcoming performance with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

The performance is part of the Greensboro Symphony's community outreach program. Both orchestras will play a work by Beethoven, Brahms and a premier of a new work. The Ragsdale High School orchestra will play prior to the Saturday concert.

5.3.08 - Greensboro, North Carolina

Event: Greensboro Bicentennial

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: War Memorial Auditorium at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex

Chords of December (2001) featuring

The Ragsdale High School Orchestra, Andrew Oldham conducting

For more information CLICK HERE

New Operas at Union Station

February 23, 2008



Time: 7:30p


Time: 2:00p

Location: Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri

The Emperor's Madness: a ten-minute opera (2001)

For more information CLICK HERE


In Between performance by Rebecca Ashe

March 7, 2008 Lincoln, NB

Contact me for details!

February Performances

January 31, 2008

2.25.08 - Kansas City, Missouri

Event: Composer's Guild Concert

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: University of Missouri, Kansas City, White Hall

Poésie Lyrique (2004) featuring Mark Stauffer, cello

2.29.08 - San Antonio, Texas

Event: 34th Annual Conference - Society for American Music

Date(s): February 27 - March 2, 2008

Location: The Historic Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX


"U.S.Government and Music"

Thursday 29 February, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE for more information!

Flute Recital November 4th, 2007

October 28, 2007

For flute and a recital of four world premieres for flute by composers from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Rebecca Ashe, flute

with Mark Stauffer, cello

Jorge Sosa, Ryan Oldham, Ben Stonaker, Christopher Biggs,

Sunday, November 4th, 3pm At Christ Presbyterian Church 544 Wabash Avenue (on the corner of Independance and Wabash) Kansas City, Missouri

Second Chance!

This recital will be duplicated at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance in White Hall at the end of the November!

Upcoming Performances!

April 6, 2007

4.10.2007 - Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Art Institute presents "Artsounds", featuring a John Cage musicircus. For more information CLICK HERE

4.19.2007 - Rochester, New York

Eastman School of Music's Ossia ensemble will be playing "Wanderlust". For more information CLICK HERE

4.23.2007 - Kansas City, Missouri

Alsi Yesil, a vocal recital featuring music of new composers, to include "Autumn" from Oldham's collection, "Simple Songs".

Radio Coverage of Composers in the School

March 7, 2007

The University of Missouri, Kansas City's "Composers in the School" program was featured on a local NPR broadcast this morning. KCUR reporter, Laura Spencer interviews composer James Mobberley, UMKC faculty member and the head of the outreach program, as well as several students and graduate teachers in the program, including Ryan Oldham.

Oldham has been a part of the Composers in the School program since August 2004 and has been the coordinator of the program since August of 2005.

CLICK HERE to hear the interview!

Turning Point Premier

March 7, 2007

The trio "Turning Point" was premiered on November 2, 2006. The work featured Ben Stonaker on clarinet, Elizabeth Dunning on french horn, and Michael Harris on bassoon.

"Turning Point" was Oldham's first work to encorporate his encrypted text theory for pitch generation, inspired by a book by Neal Stephenson. Oldham writes about the process:

"I started looking for ways to plan pitch material that is not harmonically driven in order to detach myself from harmonies that have (within my own music) become too predictable. Harmony will result, of course, when any pitches are simultaneously sounded (regardless of the origin of the individual pitches), but my hope is to discover harmonies and melodic lines that I would not have arrived at otherwise. I could easily stand on the shoulders of past serialists, and certainly I owe to them much of my discoveries. However, I wanted to create pitch sets in a manner that, on a personal level, felt less arbitrary; creation that in it seemed part of or integral to the concept of the piece.

I began work on my new mathematical approach in November of 2004. The original inspiration came from Neal Stephenson’s “Cryptonomicon”, a story that deals with many forms of security and cryptography. In it, a method of “low tech” cryptography known as Solitaire is used and is apparently one of the most secure forms of encryption. Basically, a deck of cards acts as a 54 digit encryption key. This key is then applied to text; letters are treated as numbers in a base 26 mathematical set. The rest is a simple process of addition. First, add the card value to the alphabet number and then reduce the sum to base 26 results in a new letter. If the ordering of the deck remains intact, the message can be decoded easily. (In true Solitaire encryption, there is a process for preparing the deck that ensures security and still allows for proper decoding).

Immediately, I was enthralled with the operations and started to think of its musical possibilities. I started coming up with ways to encode texts into base 12 by similar means. The 54 key encryption creates a very large collection of numbers. These numbers can then be reduced into base 12. If you carefully keep track of these processes, you can easily set words syllabically, gesturally, or in a completely new context.

Also, the number of reductions (to get the sum back into base 12) produces another set of data, usually between 0 and 5. This can be used to assign register, dynamics, rhythm or whatever you like. The choices seem limitless.

The number stream, as best as I can tell, is a non-pattern forming, non-repeating infinite set. It only ends when you are out of text. Important to me is that the stream of data is not entirely arbitrary as it comes from texts I choose. Therefore, I can build motives based on words, I can encode messages in my music, I can discover new forms of text painting…etc. I have yet to discover its full possibilities."

The recording is available in the "Works" section.

Wanderlust Premiered!

December 11, 2005

On Friday December 9th, Oldham received his first performance of "Wanderlust", a composition for woodwind quintet, saxophone quartet, and piano quintet. The composition was flawlessly conducted by composer/conductor Ben Stonaker, who also assembled most of the ensemble, re-edited the score and also re-edited the parts. The performance was very well received. "I was lucky to have such talented performers," Oldham commented. "Without musicians of this quality, my composition would not have had a chance. It is very difficult."


Also on the concert, Oldham and Stonaker performed a live improvisation for two pianos. Stonaker remarked later that,"At first, our rehearsal of the improvisation was disappointing and very discouraging - we almost cut the piece from the program. The problem was that we were trying to read from a sketch (or score) - which is something we aren't used to doing. We have been improvising for almost a year now and have learned we have similar ideas and work really well together -- we know each other well enough to play off each other's ideas and have a lot of fun!" The piece turned out to be another success, marking almost a year's worth of practice together.


Career Update

September 15, 2005

Ryan Oldham was recently added as an Adjunct Faculty at KCKCC (Kansas City Kansas Community College). At KCKCC, he is currently teaching Fundamentals of Music, an introductory music theory course.

In addition, Oldham has two other paid music positions. He earned the Composition T.A. position at UMKC, where he assists Professors Dr. James Mobberley and Dr. Reynold Simpson with their Junior/Senior level composition students.

He is also the coordinator for the Composers in the Schools program (CITS), as well as actively teaching in the program.

"Flowers in the Darkness" Gets a December Performance

December 7, 2004

Oldham's composition titled "Flowers in the Darkness: Four Nocturnes for piano solo" was performed this evening as part of a Composer's Guild concert at the University of Kansas City, Missouri.

Pianist and composer Rodney L. Bake began working on the pieces in September. His performance was very powerful, bringing in elements of himself to the composition.

The program consisted of works featuring UMKC student composers. For information about future Composer's Guild concerts, please email music@ryanoldham.com.

DMA Announcement

May 4, 2004

Composer Ryan Oldham will begin work on his Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Composition at the University of Missouri, Kansas City beginning the 2004-2005 academic year. He was awarded financial scholarships from both the University and the composition department.

This decision concludes a strenuous seven month application process. Oldham was granted admission into four other programs, each with exceptional offers. He made his final decision on April 29.

Muhammad Ali followup:

May 4, 2004

"Muhammad Ali: Outside the Ring" was performed on April 20, 2004. The performance marked the conclusion of the Kentucky Opera's VISIONS program this year, where Ryan Oldham served as the Supervising/Contributing Composer.

The operetta starred Sean Miller as Cassius Clay, Keith Dean as Muhammad Ali and Andrea Jones as Lonnie Ali as well as the support of the Louisville Youth Chorus.

An additional highlight to the performance was an appearance by Muhammad Ali and his wife, who thanked the performers and audience on stage following the performance.

"Nocturnes" for Orchestra Completed

May 4, 2004

On March 25, Mr. Oldham completed his orchestral version of "Flowers in the Darkness: Four Nocturnes". Parts are to be completed shortly.

Interested in performing or viewing this score? Send an email request.

Recent Projects

November 9, 2003

Oldham has recently completed his work on "Muhammad Ali: Outside the Ring" for the Kentucky Opera's "Visions" program. Oldham served as the composer in residence for the 2 week summer program.

Since then, Oldham has taken the material generated by these students and created a full piano/vocal score. "I used the student generated themes as often as I could," says Oldham about the project. "There are very few instances where the piano writing doesn't reflect or comment on their material...either through quotation and reharmonization, or by mimicing the contour or rhythms of the students' themes."

For more information, visit these websites:
Kentucky Opera - Visions

Ryan Oldham also recently completed an arrangement of the Canadian national anthem commissioned by the General McLane High School Jazz Singers. It will be performed at an upcoming Erie Otters hockey game in 2004.