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Today we sit down with the dynamic piano duo Ryan & Ryan, comprised of world-class pianists Donald Ryan and his son Barren. Donald is among some of the most accomplished pianists as the winner of the 9th International Chopin Competition and an inductee in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. And as you might expect, Barren follows closely behind with a degree from the University of Oklahoma as well as being a prizewinner of many piano competitions including the Oklahoma Israel Exchange Young Artists Competition in 2011. What we want to know is what does it really take to become a world-class musician? What’s it for Barren to follow in the footsteps of such an accomplished musician as Donald? Ryan & Ryan give us their unique perspectives on all of these questions and much more in the information-packed episode of From The Chamber.

FROM THE CHAMBER: The podcast’s name is Inspired by the rare and exquisite subterranean echo chambers housed beneath the legendary The Church Studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We’ll be taking a deep dive into all things music with all of your favorite recording artists, producers, engineers, actors and many other notable music fans and connoisseurs. Our mission is simple: to celebrate great music and the masterful art of capturing, enjoying and promoting it.

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Rusty Russell

Rusty Russell spent his high school and college years in Wichita, Kansas, attending Wichita State University on a trumpet performance schollarship. His dabbling on guitar became an obsession, and he left school for a years-long stint in Denver, playing in club bands and teaching guitar privately. After a brief return to Kansas, Rusty answered a call for a road gig based in Nashville. From 1984 until his move to Tulsa in 2019, Rusty worked in Nashville as a guitarist and bassist on tours, in clubs, and in recording studios. He also built careers in journalism (a decade as Nashville Editor for Guitar Player Magazine, writing hundreds of articles for GP and other national publications) and photography. Rusty was a contract shooter for Getty Images, and also shot dozens of album/CD and magazine covers & articles. His musical road work includes touring with artists like Louise Mandrell, George Fox, Blues legends Charles “Wigg” Walker and Johnny Jones, and The Burrito Brothers (on bass). After thirty-six years in Nashville, Rusty moved with his wife, Lynn, to Tulsa to be near his extended family. He’s currently busy with club work, a few recording sessions, and teaching advanced guitar students.

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