Ian Ring


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“What surprised me most was how many feelings it stirs up. It takes you on a journey, which I guess a good album is meant to do but this one really struck me that way.”

J. Hewitt, Amazon reviewer

“Emotionally affecting and profound, this is a wonderful album.”

G Brooke, Amazon reviewer

“Ian Ring’s Temperance is a genuine delight to play, it starts off very simply before opening out into some wonderfully rich harmony.”

PianoDao, review of "Upright"

“Every note echoes with the sort of deliberate thoughtfulness and care that one comes to expect from a beekeeper, or raspberry picker. A surprising tenderness makes the entire album a delight to listen to.”

Donna Fung, author

“Ian has done an exceptional job, expressing a great deal of archetypal quality in these short pieces [Opus Arcana].”

Arthur Lipp-Bonewits, tarot expert

“All in all, this collection is a significant and valuable composition, which you may want to check out for yourself.”

Robert Cunningham, pianist

“Excellent, reflective music”

B. Caughill, amazon reviewer

Bio & CV

Ian's composition style evolved from origins in classical performance, shaped by a penchant for jazz arrangement and appreciation of popular alternative genres. Educated at The Beckett School and The University of Waterloo, now living and working in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Ian is a dedicated self-publisher, and diligently does all his own recording, audio engineering, music engraving, and publishing through his Stirling Music label.

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Contributions / Collaborations / CV

Recording | Composition | Live performance | Other

  • 2018-06-01 STEM, Pieter Nooten. Piano on track 2 "Quarter Moon", and track 7 "Epicural".
  • 2018-03-20 Opus Arcana, book of sheet music. Gala release party @ Jane Bond, Waterloo.
  • 2018-02-15 Opus Arcana, album of recordings. 100% performed, produced, recorded by Ian Ring
  • 2018-01-11 Care For The Child, OST. Remixed material from the film score. Inludes one song by The MacQueens.
  • 2018-01-11 Care For The Child, film score. Premiered at Princess Cinema, Waterloo.
  • 2016-08-18 Summary of the First Half, album of recordings. Compositions for solo piano composed 1998 - 2015. 100% performed, produced, recorded by Ian Ring.
  • 2002 - 2003 Octopop. 80s new wave cover act. Meticulous recreations of retro hits on authentic period instruments. Only a few memorable live shows.
  • 1999-02-16 Yet Another Sunday Date, Derek Hines. 6 tracks, piano.
  • 1998-05-26 An Evening of Jazz ft Derek Hines and Ian Ring, a ticketed event at the Waterloo Theatre. Featuring an entire evening of custom arrangements for jazz band by Ian Ring.
  • 1998-12-08 Cocktails at Pam's at the Waterloo Stage Theatre. Duet of Derek Hines and Ian Ring, a three-song lounge set which flowed straight into the dramatic play without interruption. Performed for the entire run of the production; directed by Brian VanNorman.
  • 1996 - 2001 Derek Hines. Primary pianist and arranger for the legendary vocalist. Mostly jazz standards, a few originals. Many hundreds of gigs all over southwestern Ontario.
  • 2007-06-29 The Vagabond Songs, Mike Alviano. Handclaps on track 6, "Onward".
  • 1995 Giesbrecht And His Fab Orchestra Do A-go-go Hits, Chris Giesbrecht. Saxophone, Vocals, tuned beer bottles, etc.
  • 1994 Urbojungabootie, The Dervishes. Saxophone, Vocals, Percussion, Vocoder, Sampler, all tracks.
  • 1993 YTV Achievement Awards. Dervishes, winner in the Band category. Award ceremony in Ottawa, live performance on national television.
  • 1992 Incidental music for The Glass Menagerie, composed by Ian Ring and John Wrinch Williams. Sampler, keyboard, misc electronic instruments. Saxophone performed live.
  • 1992 Fool. Commissioned for FreeFlow Dance Company, for choreography of the same name.
  • 1991 Unwhirled, The Dervishes. Saxophone, all tracks.
  • 1990 Memory Gardens, An April March. Alto Saxophone, "Justine".
  • 1989 - 1994 The Dervishes. Saxophonist, backup vocals, and misc instrumentation. Live band with a Heavy Funk sound. Many hundreds of live gigs around Southwestern Ontario.


Opus Arcana (2018)

22 works for solo piano inspired by the tarot

This ambitious project is a set of 22 pieces for solo piano, each inspired by a card of the Major Arcana.

The album features cover art by Vincent Marcone, and all 22 movements - completely produced, performed and engineered by Ian Ring.

Buy the album of recordings now! $24.99

The deluxe e-book of sheet music also features the cover by Vincent Marcone, along with a foreword written by Arthur Lipp-Bonewits, a preface, and copious performance notes.

Buy the album of recordings + deluxe e-book of scores now! $35.00


Opus Arcana - Singles

0 - Fool
solo piano (03:36)
I - Magician
solo piano (02:12)
II - High Priestess
solo piano (05:06)
III - Empress
solo piano (02:43)
IV - Emperor
solo piano (03:05)
V - Hierophant
solo piano (02:31)
VI - Lovers
solo piano (04:20)
VII - Chariot
solo piano (03:10)
VIII - Strength
solo piano (02:42)
IX - Hermit
solo piano (03:11)
X - Wheel Of Fortune
solo piano (03:36)
XI - Justice
solo piano (02:56)
XII - Hanged Man
solo piano (02:48)
XIII - Death
solo piano (03:26)
XIV - Temperance
solo piano (03:17)
XV - Devil
solo piano (02:03)
XVI - Tower
solo piano (02:49)
XVII - Star
solo piano (04:02)
XVIII - Moon
solo piano (03:42)
XIX - Sun
solo piano (02:56)
XX - Judgement
solo piano (02:26)
XXI - World
solo piano (04:41)

Care For The Child OST (2018)

Soundtrack and score for the indie documentary, "Care For The Child: The Story of the Bridgeport General", directed by Rob Ring. Released 2018


Care for the Child - Singles

Bridgeport Rag
solo piano (01:55)
trumpet, piano, bass, drums (04:53)
A General's Duty
piano, organ, bass, bowed waterphone (03:26)
piano, bass, drums (04:26)
Hope Is Lost
cello, piano (02:44)
The General Is Dead
Long Live The General

Summary of the First Half (2016)

Selected works for solo piano from 1998 - 2015

Collection of piano solo pieces composed between 1998 and 2015. Released 2016.


Summary of the First Half - Singles

Elusory Moment
solo piano (02:38)
Long Path To Hopeful Horizons
solo piano (02:32)
Montgomery Dusk
solo piano (02:22)
Still Pool In Sacred Woods
solo piano (03:44)
The Healing Begins
solo piano (03:23)
Discarding Nostalgia
solo piano (01:45)
Requiem For Jackie
solo piano (03:28)
solo piano (02:24)

Other / Unpublished

Gnossienne Minuscule no.1
solo piano (01:22)
Old Rain (Fool)
solo piano (02:21)

Other Projects

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Peruse the YouTube channel with over 1400 videos showing the properties of specific musical scales.

Star Dots

A new notation standard for notes and rests encompassing 5 rhythmic subdivisions.

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Open-source library for music analysis, generation, manipulation, and more -- using PHP.

Contribute on Github


  • Garreth Brooke’s “Upright” Project - PianoDao, 2018-06-02
    reviewing a compendium of music featuring "Temperance" from Opus Arcana
  • Pieter Nooten – Stem - FREQ, 2018-06-01
    a review of Pieter's album, specifically mentioning my piano contributions
  • The Bridgeport General finally gets his due on the big screen - Waterloo Chronicle, 2018-01-22
  • Astonishing response to made-in-Waterloo doc - The Record, 2018-01-05
  • Opus Arcana - The Music Times, 2018-01-01
  • Composer Embarks on Legacy Project - Kitchener Post, 2015-07-09
  • Local Composer To Create Piano Scores Based On Tarot Cards - Kitchener Citizen, 2015-07-09
  • Beginning A New Project: Opus Arcana - The Music Times, 2015-11-01
  • Scat Sisters and B-Bop brothers - Imprint, 1998-06-01
    a review of Derek Hines and Ian Ring at the Waterloo Theatre
  • Unwhirled (Review) - Imprint, 1993-10-22
    a review of Dervishes' Unwhirled album
  • Magic Menagerie - Cord, 1992-09-17
    a review of The Glass Menagerie, which featured an original score composed by Ian Ring and John W Williams


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