Matt Ray

Matt Ray is a New York-based pianist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and music director. His arrangements have been called “wizardly” (Time Out NY) and “ingenious” (NY Times), and his piano playing “classic” (NY Times). For his work on Taylor Mac’s show A 24-Decade History of Popular Music he won the 2017 Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired By American History. Notable live performances include playing at Carnegie Hall with Kat Edmonson, the Hollywood Bowl with reggae legend Burning Spear, Lincoln Center with Joey Arias, and shows in Paris and the UK with Justin Vivian Bond. He co-wrote songs for and performed in Bridget Everett’s one-hour Comedy Central special Gynecological Wonder as well as Everett’s hit show Rock Bottom. He also music directed Taylor Mac’s Obie award winning play The Lily’s Revenge. Matt has released three albums as a leader: We Got It! (2001), Lost In New York (2006); and Songs For the Anonymous (2013). For more information, visit Matt’s personal website.

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A 24-Decade History of Popular Music