© 2020 by Ryan Smith

Cello for Weddings & Events

Albuquerque, NM

How loud is your cello?

I use amplification to add some volume in 95% of performance situations. The amplified sound is natural and blends beautifully with the resonating cello. The music is always easily heard, yet soft enough to allow easy conversation.  

Are you able to play a ceremony and cocktail hour consecutively?

Yes! The most common request is for me to play cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony, but I am also available for the main part of the reception (eg. dinner, first dance, etc.)  If I need to move to a different room at your venue, I can do this with a less than 10 minute break in the music. 

Do you need any accommodations?

None. My speaker is battery-powered, so it requires no extension cords or A/C outlets and has capacity 6+ hours of performance time - always far more than enough. I bring everything I need including a chair.  

Can you play outside?

Yes. When there is a chance of rain, ceremonies are usually delayed or moved inside - so in the majority of situations, rain is a non-issue. I have a small white portable canopy I will set up if the skies are looking stormy, allowing me to play continuously while keeping my equipment protected.  

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How do you fade the recorded music, for example, when the Bride reaches the altar?

I use a foot-controlled pedal to smoothly fade the accompaniments off as I tastefully end the song, for instance when a Bride reaches the altar I will create a nice musical cadence to end the song.

Can you play an entire wedding ceremony with only a cello (no accompaniments)?

Yes, by request I gladly play solo (unaccompanied) for an entire ceremony and even the whole reception. Nearly all of my songs can be played beautifully with solo cello, and I will let you know of any that aren't. 

Do you use loops in your music? 

I do not use a loop pedal or special effects (at this time), I play natural cello with my recorded accompaniments from an iPad - both thru a speaker.