Active Projects

Goldman, Mazza, Kowal trio

Max Goldman (drums), Phil Mazza (guitar), and Ryan have been working on new compositions and improvisations. They are working towards building a repertoire of tunes that push each instrument beyond conventional roles and feature extended techniques. 


Mark Medeiros is a composer and guitarist.  Mark and Ryan are exploring the possibilities of blending composition with free improvisations. Their music is nuanced, dynamically sensitive, and extremely entertaining. Their debut album, Grinding Turbines, was released digitally on February 3, 2017.

Mazza, kowal duo

Ryan and Phil Mazza (guitar), have been playing together since college in a variety of settings.  Their level of comfort and interplay comes after a decade of collaborations. Their completely improvised sets sound as though composed. Their debut album, Traverse, was released on January 27, 2017.

ryan kowal's improv chamber

This large ensemble is Ryan's newest endeavor. The compositions for this group focus on mixing classic notation, graphical scores, and free improvisation.  The group features vibraphone, two bassists, two drummers, two guitarists, as well as a reed section.  A multi-movement piece is in the process of being written, which will then be recorded and released.


inactive Collaborations


Interplay was a R.I. based creative/experimental music collaborative formed in the summer of 2008. Interplay performed all original compositions incorporating a variety of musical styles and approaches. One could easily hear a mixture of Jazz, 20th century classical, post rock, and free improvisation, throughout the course of an Interplay set. Guitarist Phil Mazza, Bassist Scott Roddick, Drummer Rufus Brothers, and Saxophonist Kelly Roberge rounded out the Interplay Ensemble with Ryan.  

Dusty Frames

A duo with multi-intrumentalist Patrick Galagan, Dusty Frames is the longest running group in Ryan's career.  Dusty Frames write, record, mix, and master all their own material and are constantly pushing the envelope on what is possible with a duo.  


The Meeting of the Minds collaborative featured compositions based in free jazz and employed a high level of improvisation and listening between the members.  The lineup featured Guitarist Phil Mazza, Saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase, Bassist Kit Demos, and Drummer Ben Dicke.  Guest instrumentalists have included John McLellan, Curt Newton, Junko Fujiwara, Eric Rosenthal, Kelly Roberge, Tony Cabral, Scott Roddick, Jeff Platz, Ben Shaw, Mark Medeiros, Rufus Brothers, Dave Murphy, Chris Gagnon, Sam Kurzontkowski, and Eric Hofbauer. Their first album, Hub Alignment, was released on April 11, 2015. A live recording was also released, showcasing a performance in honor of Ryan's thirtieth birthday.

Ryan Kowal Trio

The Ryan Kowal Trio featured Tony Cabral on piano and Joe Grilli on bass.  They recorded a live album at the Lilypad in Cambridge, MA in December of 2012.  This group featured a pared down version of some of the songs from Fossils in Time as well as a few of Tony's compositions and jazz standards.