Alt Tal band biography
Andrew RyanRobert Hohner Percussion Ensemble.
In 1999 Mr. Ryan moved to Oakland, CA and began a whole new journey with the study of Afro-Cuban folkloric drumming under the instruction of percussionist extraordinaire Michael Spiro. He has continued to perform in a variety of settings over the last 9 years. From playing bata drums with Susana Arenas' dance company Raices Cubanas to playing small group jazz gigs with the countless young and vibrant musical talent of the bay area, Mr. Ryan is always trying to move forward.
His love of jazz music in particular has helped forge a years long partnership with saxophonist David Alt and bassist Kenny Annis in a trio known as Alt Tal. This band is one that truly allows and begs for self expression with all three members really needing to work together to pull off the challenging, mostly original compositions by Alt. It really is a mainstay in Andrew's life.
He is also currently performing with the band Damon and the Heathens who offer a total departure in style from what Alt Tal brings with fatter, more funk based rhythms. Andrew is newly married and really loving life with his bride Tammy....Life is good.