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by Ryan Michael Richards

Produced by Grammy award winner Will Ackerman (Windham Hill Records). This is the first full length CD of acoustic guitarist Ryan Michael Richards, consisiting of music that has been called both beautiful and romantic.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Her Garden
3:53 $0.99
2. Heather Moon
3:19 $0.99
3. Pathway to Love
4:38 $0.99
4. Coastline
4:44 $0.99
5. Delightful Mysteries
3:12 $0.99
6. On the Way to the Shore
3:28 $0.99
7. Joyous Days
5:08 $0.99
8. Townbank Bay
4:34 $0.99
9. Victorian Love
3:39 $0.99
10. Daniella's Dream
5:35 $0.99
11. Day of Play
3:16 $0.99
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Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
All passes like a smoke
The time destroys memories implacably
But only moments of true love
It cannot erase

The guitar of Ryan Michael Richards sounds confident and captures the listener’s attention from the first chords. Other acoustic instruments gently emphasize its penetrating sound and create a very special romantic mood on the album.

The compositions of this project fully reflect the emotional experiences of the artist. They are full of the most memorable moments of his life. Ryan’s guitar parts are filled with strength and optimism. He perfectly plays his instrument. It is a joy to listen to Ryan’s flageolets and soft harmonies of his compositions. Also, meditativeness is present in his music.

“Experiences” was produced by famous Will Ackerman and recorded at his Imaginary Road Studios. This project was co-produced, mixed and mastered by incomparable sound engineer Tom Eaton. That is why the sound of this album is beyond praise. It is very rich and refined.

Many brilliant artists helped Ryan in working on his “Experiences” album. But most of all I’d like to point out the soulful vocal pads of Noah Wilding.

“Experiences” is the music of the person who has kept his big heart and now Ryan is able to share it with others because all the tunes of the album are sincere and natural.

I can characterize the album “Experiences” as one more excellent example of the music of the real world.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Experiences" is the very impressive first full-length recording by guitarist Ryan Michael Richards. Produced by the legendary Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill Records and a world-class guitarist himself) at his Imaginary Road Studios, two of the eleven original pieces are solo acoustic guitar and the others feature an assortment of brilliant backing musicians such as Derrik Jordan, Tom Eaton (who co-produced), Jeff Oster, Ackerman, Premik, Noah Wilding, Eugene Friesen, and Jill Haley. Richards started playing the guitar at the age of fourteen and includes Alex DeGrassi, Will Ackerman, Nick Drake, Eddie Van Halen, Jaco Pastorius and Christian McBride in his list of influences. Richards’ music is smooth, heartfelt and often very romantic. To quote Ackerman, “Ryan Michael Richards is a guitarist whose heart is in every note. He seems incapable of anything that isn't true to him. This brilliant artistic honesty is the hallmark of what he has created in 'Experiences'.” That artistic honesty will also communicate to a wide range of musical ears and hearts and will undoubtedly send this delightful music soaring up the music charts.

"Experiences" begins with “Her Garden,” a lively yet peaceful piece that features Richards on both acoustic guitar and electric bass, Derrik Jordan on electric violin, and Tom Eaton on keyboard. The optimism and joy expressed in the music brings images of warm sunshine and beautiful flowers nodding their heads to the rhythms of the breeze. “Heather Moon” is a peaceful favorite that is mostly solo acoustic guitar with subtle piano embellishments performed by Eaton. “Pathway To Love” was featured on the recent The Gathering II compilation of Ackerman-produced artists and is another beauty. It begins as a guitar solo and becomes a duet with Jeff Oster on flugel horn and muted trumpet. Ackerman steps front and center as lead acoustic guitarist on “Coastline,” which also features Premik on lyricon and Eaton on percussion. The gentle, peaceful quality of this piece will take the edge off of any day! “On the Way to the Shore” reflects the happy anticipation of visiting a favorite place and includes the haunting vocals of Noah Wilding and light percussion by Eaton. “Townbank Bay” is another favorite. Other than some backing vocals from Wilding, this one is all Richards playing from the depths of his soul. It begins with an almost percussive repeated guitar pattern and gradually becomes a gorgeous flowing melody with hypnotic vocals that send it soaring. “Victorian Love” is a tender and evocative duet for guitar and English horn (the wonderful Jill Haley) - an unusual pairing that works magically. As the title suggests, “Day of Play” is a light and carefree guitar solo that brings this excellent album to a close. I hope your “replay” button works well for this album!

"Experiences" is a truly exceptional debut with no weak tracks on the entire album. Very highly recommended!

Stephanie hendry

Experiences by Ryan Michael Richards
Ryan's guitar playing is flawless and intriguing. His style is quite unique-this is such a lovely" experience." I think this artist has a great deal to offer and I am truly a follower. I also love the song titles and the cover. The cd is extremely well-produced and I think you should listen!!! Stephanie hendry

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Reveiw excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Acoustic guitarist Ryan Michael Richards is part of a younger generation of instrumentalists to whom the torch has been passed, carrying on the legacy of virtuoso artists like Michael Hedges, Alex de Grassi, and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, who actually produced Ryan’s album at his famed Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. One of the tracks from Ryan’s album appears on the recently released compilation entitled “The Gathering II,” which was produced by Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton.

“Experiences” opens with a sunny upbeat tune called “Her Garden,” that right from the start establishes that Ryan is an accomplished fingerstyle guitarist who has obviously spent much time honing his craft. One of the many benefits of recording at Imaginary Road Studios is the access to some of the finest studio musicians available, and Ryan’s compositions certainly put their talents to good use.

Musicians are often inspired by particular places that are special to them and for Ryan the quaint seaside resort town of Cape May, NJ is one of them. Track 3, “Pathway To Love” reflects the memory of proposing to his wife and honeymooning there. This song also features ambient trumpet and flugelhorn master Jeff Oster adding spacious melodic accents to Ryan’s rolling arpeggios. “On The Way To The Shore,” has a free-flowing, wind in the hair feeling that is beautifully accented by the layered ethereal vocals of Noah Wilding. A lovely tune with a real heartfelt demeanor is “Joyous Days,” which includes the cello of Paul Winter Consort member Eugene Friesen, frequent Will Ackerman collaborator Jill Haley on English horn, as well as the multi-talented Tom Eaton on electric bass.

Ryan exhibits, not only a well developed and diverse playing style, but he has a fine sense of composition and arrangement that includes knowing when “not” to play, leaving space for the song to breathe. The range of emotions his music evokes is also quite exceptional. I find it extremely encouraging to see younger people like Ryan, and the many fine artists on The Gathering II embracing a tradition of finely crafted acoustic instrumental music.

To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com