THE STREETSWEEPER BRISTLE BASS
A Musical Instrument.Designed by Ryan Driver
Ryan Driver is a singer, songwriter, and improvising musician based in Toronto. Besides his own projects, he has sung and/or played guitar, piano, flute, analogue synth, melodica, and/or his simple homemade instruments (thumb-reeds and streetsweeper bristle bass) with Eric Chenaux, Sandro Perri, Jennifer Castle, Baby Dee, Doug Tielli, Alex Lukashevsky, Devon Sproule, Kim Barlow, Thom Gill, Michelle McAdorey, John Southworth, Mary Margaret O'Hara, and many others. Since 1999 he has also led The Ryan Driver Quartet / Quintet / Sextet, playing monthly performances in Toronto. Favouring the ballads of the American Jazz Era, as well as most recently those of composer and songwriter Stephen Parkinson, Ryan plays piano and sings in this group featuring some of Toronto's  most accomplished and most experimental musicians (Martin Arnold, Brodie West, Rob Clutton, Nick Fraser, and Michael Davidson). Ryan has toured internationally with notable performances at the Angelica Festival of New Music in Bologna, Italy, Heartland Festival in Vevey, Switzerland; Canadian Blast at Trafalgar Square and the Barbican in London, England; Bergenfest in Bergen, Norway; Tanned Tin Festival in Castellon, Spain; and Sound Symposium in St. John's, Newfoundland. Ryan's recorded output is available mainly through Rat-drifting, Barnyard Records, Fire Records, and Tin Angel Records.

"Ryan always sounds like he has come a long way to sing you a song. His voice contains vast North American distances, long cold winters, the endless ugly monotony of the country, which can be broken and dissipated only by beer, love and music. He is always arriving too late or too early, and what he sings about is always to be found somewhere else, somewhere where he's not. Even when he sings jazz standards, the music isn't nostalgic or pessimistic, in fact you can't tell whether he's talking about the past or the future. Soft, sad, determined the fact that he's here now, singing these songs is, for those that need such things, a sign of great hope." - Marcus Boon.
RYAN DRIVER

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ARTIST
PHOTOS
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CONTACT
STORE
Nick Fraser W/ Tony Malaby 
Town and Villages
Evan Parker  w/ Joe Sorbara and Wes Neal
at Somewhere there
Martin Lozano Lewis Wiens Duncan
at Canterbury
NEW RELEASES
The Element Choir and William Parker
at Christ Church Deer Park 
Tilting
Holy Seven
ARTISTS
Aimtoronto Orchestra
Barnyard Drama
Blah Blah 666
Boyko,DB
Brenders, Kyle
Braxton, Anthony
Caloioa, Nic
Cluton,Rob
Driver,Ryan
Drumheller
Duncan,Christine
Downing, Andrew
The Element Choir
Falaise, Bernard
Fisher, Colin
Fraser, Nick
Freedman, Lori
Freedman, Myk
Freedman
Gill, Tania
Haynes, Justin
Hobson's Choice
Laconnor
Land of Marigold
Lewis, Jim
Lewis, Downing and Martin trio
Lozano, Frank
Malaby, Tony
Martin, Jean
Martin, Lozano at Canterbury
Not The Wind Not The Flag
Parker, William
Parker, Evan
Saint Dirt Elementary School
Shaw, Evan
Southworth, John
The Reveries
Thomas
Thomson, Scott
Tilting
Turcotte, Kevin
Valdivia, Brandon
Wiens, Rainer
Zubot, Jesse

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