…The Dayton music scene lost one of its most charismatic figures as Jason Dryden was found dead in his home on Thursday, May 13. Over the years, Dryden served as bassist for the bands Sleepybird, Fermata and Lazlo. He also taught at Stivers School for the Arts and helped organize the Fruit for the Egg fundraiser for the school that featured performances from Sleepybird. We spoke briefly with fellow Sleepybird member and Stivers teacher Shon Walters about Dryden and his contributions to art and music in Dayton…
…Well, for starters, we wanted to somehow convey that Jason was generally very happy. (He was) very much in love and very happy about what Sleepybird had and was going to accomplish.
Jason was heavily involved in the first Goloka show in 2001 where he showed work and the band Fermata played and we featured an art video that the band had made.
Jason was a big supporter of my work, commissioning many pieces from my early career. He always helped out with Goloka shows (in the Front Street warehouses). He was always helping with the plays that I wrote that were performed with Sleepybird’s music.
Jason was an adjunct teacher for Stivers School for the Arts for 10 years. He taught at K-12 Gallery for about the same amount of time. He taught for a stint at Yellow Springs pottery. He also taught private lessons in both ceramics and glass blowing.
Jason was the bassist for Sleepybird for over seven years. He was sort of the face man for promotion and booking. Jason and his love Tyffany Clark did one of the last shows at Goloka Gallery Oregon Division, featuring collaborative works in ceramics with Tyffany.
Finally, Jason was a dear friend and was part of my intimate family. We spoke and spent time with each other almost daily. He was truly family to me, someone who was always there and endearing. His ear for music was extremely sharp and I always felt that we had a mutual understanding and respect for a beauty in life that we wanted to create and share with as many as we could.
…The remaining members of Sleepybird will host a special memorial concert for Jason Dryden on Saturday, June 12 at Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St. …
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