pianist . arranger . composer

Albums

Preview all three albums below...and visit my online store to purchase, or click on the link to the right.  

  • Rainfall, Marvel (1994)2:19
  • Simple Gifts, Trad. Shaker, arr. Marvel web1:11
  • Romance in F-, op.10 no.6, Rachmaninoff1:18
  • Scarborough Fair1:04
  • Nocturne in Bb-, op.9 no.1, Chopin1:19
"Left Hand, Right Hand" (2005) My debut record represents the relationship between the hands and the two sides of the brain.  I have always been fascinated with how memory and contemplative faculty play a role in music.   Structure and creativity come together just as the two hands must rely on one another. The album has classical roots with compositions by Chopin,Rachmaninoff and Brahms.  Tracks by Gershwin and Sondheim also are on the CD, as well as two original pieces, "Beginnings" and the very evocative and popular "Rainfall".

Nominated for Album of the Year by SoloPiano.com (2011) and

Whisperings Solo Piano Radio(2013)

Album Track List...
1. Three Good Kings 2. O Holy Night 3. Walking in the Air 4. Arran Boat Song/The Holly and The Ivy 5. O Come, O Come Emmanuel/Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming 6. Coventry Carol 7. Winter 8. Little Didge Boy 9. In the Bleak Midwinter/O Sanctissima 10. The First Noel 11. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 12. Silent Night 13. Auld Lang Syne

  • Imagination1:21
  • Dance1:21
  • Lanie's Theme0:55
  • Possibilities1:27
  • I Feel You1:23
"Possibilities" (2010) This is my second solo album, my first of all original compositions.  A very personal record, journeying through my memories and personal experiences and trying to put them into musical form.   A very reflective and hopeful recording. I tried to keep the integrity of a live piano feel on this record.  My goal is always to play with a wide dynamic range, and try to avoid a "canned" sound on my recordings.  Therefore, you will notice the live feel...we used very little compression and only natural reverb and harmonics.  I hope you enjoy.


Album Track List... 1. Five Years     2. Possibilities 3. The Gift 4. Dance 5. I Feel You 6. Imagination 7. Tender, These Thoughts 8. Wolf 9. Lost Love     10. Time Passing 11. Story/Birth 12. Lanie's Theme 13. Epilogue 14. For Rose

  • Walking In The Air2:09
  • Winter1:39
  • Arran Boat & Holly and the Ivy1:39
  • O, Holy Night0:46
  • Coventry Carol2:36
  • Little Didge Boy0:55
  • The First Noel0:59
My seasonal album, "Winter" (2013) is a collection of seasonal favorites.  The CD features collaborations with Leslie Anne Nielsen on celtic flute, Heidi Mausbach on cello, and Doug Powell on didgeridoo.   All new arrangements and one new original composition, the title track "Winter". 
I have loved this season for as long as I can remember.  When choosing pieces for this collection, my goal was to balance the depth of meaning of this singular season with the pure stillness of winter. Holiday tunes  evoke so many memories of growing up, singing around the piano and caroling through neighborhoods. I offer some of these musical memories, while exploring new settings of the pieces.  In short, it is a grown-up Christmas reflection.  Warmth of the season to you...wherever it may find you, whatever your beliefs may be.  May love and peace come to all.  

  Ryan Marvel

Read the recent Wind and Wire review of "Winter" here.

Nominated for Holiday Album of the Year

by SoloPiano.com (2014)