Mary Lydia Ryan, vocalist, pianist, composer, is living out her dream sharing her music with a worldwide audience.
Having resurfaced musically in 2010 following a decade-plus hiatus, Ryan has been actively composing, recording, and performing, with a desire to help heal our world one note at a time.
Momentum began with her "Sunshine & Second Chances" mostly vocal album with highlights of her solo piano work that lead to her full-length solo piano album, "Moving in Grace." This recording landed in the hands of Whisperings Solo Piano Radio and was nominated for “Album of the Year" in 2016.
What has followed is a steady stream of performances, new music, recordings, awards and accolades for her music, the invitation to act as Musical Guest performing her original music at TEDx Seattle in 2017, 18, 19 under the same title.
Ryan's work outside of composing and performing has inspired her new creative endeavor, Spa Opera®, a musical healing arts organization. You can experience individual or group Sound Healing sessions or enjoy her live community productions incorporating quiet, meditative, spa essences while tapping into a magical array of Seattle artisans. Ryan believes that magic and wonder reside in every human and strives to rejuvenate these aspects in all who attend each of her Spa Opera® experiences.
You can read the most recent Spa Opera® review to have been submitted November 1, 2018:
If you have not been in the presence of Mary Lydia's magically healing gifts, then I suggest you move quickly, as empty spots fill up fast. Whether she is conducting a private Sound Healing session or a public "Sound/Sense Extravaganza" ("Smorgasbord"?"Melange"? "Alchemical Transformational Conspiracy"??), it will most likely be enigmatically delicious in a most delightful way.
Mary Lydia's pure talent is truly impressive - vocal beauty, musicianship and true songwriting flair, but what I loved about her performance of Spa Opera, "The Wood Elves Serenade" is that it showcased her ability to gather a really special group of Artists and generously share the spotlight and celebrate each of them in turn.
And there was CAKE. amazing CAKE.
Many people use the word "Enchanting" to describe a performance, but for me it is a rare occurrence to see someone really achieve that mood/aesthetic/magic. Mary Lydia crafted an evening in which it really was possible to allow one's self to be transported into a more innocent, heartfelt and curious place, without having to take the dreaded detour into "Schmaltz-Land". Such a unique and remarkable adventure, there truly were moments I doubt I'll ever forget!
- Sherry S. (Seattle)