Saxophonist, composer, flutest and band leader.
James is the leader of award winning band ‘The Subterraneans’ and 15 piece ‘Sonic Mayhem Orchestra’. He has released 7 albums under his own name, The Subterraneans and Sonic Mayhem Orchestra. He has toured extensively throughout Australia, India and Europe.
At the age of 23 he was the first person to graduate from an Australian university with a Masters of Music majoring in jazz.
He has held teaching positions at The Australian National University, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.
James has performed with The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, George Benson and The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra amongst many, many other musicians and groups.
For the 2019 edition of the Festival, James Ryan will be playing with the Kinda Blue Quartet.