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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

The Principle Project

  • 2011
  • Arts & Culture

Ryan Baird is a musician and composer, born and raised in Maine, now based in Shanghai, China. With years of formal study in both music and consciousness studies, Ryan is passionate about using creative mediums to produce material that both entertains and educates.

Ryan composes and produces music for a wide range of commercial projects through his audio production company The 72 Studio and for Portland, Maine-based Apogee Creative Studio. He has recently finished an original score and audio post-production for Apogee’s new documentary film “The Stone Rules”, which will be premiering at the 2011 Camden International Film Festival.

Ryan is also an avid performer, sharing the stage with a diverse mix of musical projects throughout the United States and China, most notably with Shanghai-based band The Song Dynasty.

Since 2009, Ryan has been on faculty at The JZ School, a unique private music school in Shanghai’s old French Concession. Teaching students of all ages and nationalities, Ryan has developed and taught classes in music theory, jazz studies, guitar, percussion, and has lead ensembles of a wide variety of genres.

In the summer of 2010 in Portland, ME, Ryan debuted “Shanghai Stories”, a multimedia performance documenting life in Shanghai, China. Fusing original compositions with video, photography, interviews and story-telling, Shanghai Stories provided a multimedia window into the life and culture of on one the fastest growing cities in the world.

Currently, Ryan is developing his next multimedia piece, entitled “The Principle Project”. Using a similar multimedia format as “Shanghai Stories”, “The Principle Project” is an attempt to introduce audiences to the value of contemplative education for developing positive change.