Long Island Lutenist

Ryan Closs is a Lutenist and Guitarist from Long Island, New York.  His instruments have brought him to many workshops and festivals to study with the top performers in his fields.  Having grown up with a strong background in Rock and Jazz music, his classical studies have urged him to dig deeper towards unlocking the early music secrets of plucked string performance.  Still performing today’s pop-music hits, as well the famous ‘pop-music’ from previous eras, provides an enlightened perspective of how music and poetry speak to us in ways that are simply timeless. 

Now an avid enthusiast of early music practices, Ryan participates in many outreach concerts bringing the Lute to new audiences performing the olde folk songs, complimented with new contemporary folk songs in a universal Troubador fashion.


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Ryan has an A.A.S in Classical Guitar performance from SUNY Nassau Community College, and a B.S. in Lute Studies from Adelphi University.  His primary instructors for these degrees have been:

  Steve Leonard, Bill Zito, Chris Morrongiello, & Pat O'Brien


Ryan is available for Solo appearances or:

Electric Guitar,                  Rock'n'Roll/Session Work

Classical Guitar,      Formal Events/Private Concerts

Electric Bass,                                 Pit Work/Sessions

Ukulele,                                  General Troubador-ing

Mandolin,                                                       Busking

Lute or Theorbo,            Accompaniment/Continuo  

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Photographer: Tina Gutierrez

Festival: Lute Society Seminar 2014