Ryan Bisio knows music. His degree in contemporary music, eight studio releases and performances with Grammy Award winning artists prove it. But it’s the Arcata, California native’s most recent projects which are showcasing his intimate and nuanced relationship with music.
Bisio also knows basketball. As a former collegiate and professional basketball player, he brought his passion and knowledge of the game back home — coaching the Arcata High School boys’ basketball team to three consecutive championship seasons.
In an effort to combine the two things which uncompromisingly drive him, Bisio has embarked on his most ambitious project to date, writing the book titled, ‘The Musicality of the Game’ – a project which perfectly connects his unique life experiences. “This is the project I’ve waited my whole life to do. It feels like every experience I’ve had in life has set the stage for this. The vast and contoured creative process has connected me to a deeper level of understanding in not only music and basketball, but the universe and human experience.”
In April of 2017, Ryan released a digital live album titled Live @ Arcata Playhouse, and in October of the same year, he released a studio album titled, ‘Bona Fide.' Bisio wrote and tested some of the material for Bona Fide as the opening act for Grammy Award nominee and multi-platinum Icelandic band, Kaleo. “That experience made all the struggle and those late nights trying to unlock the secrets of songwriting worth it. To be a part of music at that level affirmed all the instincts that have led me down this road – using music as a vehicle for self, life, and creative exploration. Those guys inspired me to keep reaching.”
In his career, Ryan has also shared the stage with many critically acclaimed songwriters such as Grammy Award winner Shelby Lynne, Ryan Montbleau, Bhi Bhiman, Richard Julian, Lauren Shera, and Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 100 Guitarist of All Time, Greg Ginn.
Bisio recently obtained his Masters Degree in Coaching & Athletics Administration, and is currently serving as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at College of the Redwoods. He is also Director of Athletics and Dean of Discipline at St. Bernard’s Academy. Bisio has also broken ground on a new album which is being recorded at a variety of studios up and down the state of California.