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Matt Ray

MATT RAY(music director/arranger/pianist/vocals)can be seen in some of New York's best venues where he performs regularly either fronting his own band or accompanying some of the city's most dynamic performers.Recent work includes performing at Carnegie Hall with Kat Edmonson, touring with Reggae legend Burning Spear, music directing The Billie Holiday Project at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, string and piano arrangements for the fifth season finale of Showtime'sNurse Jackie, performing at Lincoln Center with Joey Arias, shows in Paris and the UK with Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, and monthly gigs at Joe's Pub with Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments. Other recent work includes performing at the Edinburgh Fringe with Lady Rizo, and touring the world with Taylor Mac's show A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. In addition, Matt music directed and played piano in Taylor Mac's Obie award-winning play The Lily's Revenge at the HERE Arts Center in New York. Matt has released two jazz albums as a leader: We Got It! (2001) and Lost In New York (2006); and one album of original pop/folk material called Songs For the Anonymous (2013). Ray is a co-recipient (with Taylor Mac) of an Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History for A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.

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