State Department as part of the Kennedy Center's Jazz Ambassadors program. In his years as a professional musician Matt has worked with a diverse group of musicians including jazz artists Joe Lovano, Jeremy Pelt, Anita O'Day, Queen Esther, Bobby Hutcherson, and Marcus Belgrave; rock and pop artists Paul Brill, The Flying Change, and Danielia Cotton; and theater artists like Taylor Mac and the cabaret troupe The Citizens Band. In 2009 Matt played piano in, and music directed Taylor Mac's Obie Award winning theater production The Lily's Revenge, and can be seen touring with Mac's hit show Comparison Is Violence: Or the Ziggy Stardust Meets Tiny Tim Songbook. Matt's has played on a number of film scores, including What's On Your Pate (2009), Give Up Tomorrow (2011), and Paper Man (2009). His piano playing is heavily featured in the score of the documentary film Charlotte (2011), on which he collaborated with composer Paul Brill.
Ray and Brill have had a long working relationship, with Ray having played on three of Brill's albums, and two Brill film scores -- Pindemonium (2008) and the soon to be released Better This World. Currently Matt is in the studio lending his piano playing to composer Pat Irwin's score for the third season of HBO's Bored to Death series. Current New York performances include Joe's Pub with Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments, as well as shows with his own trio at Silver Lining, Little Branch, and Sofia's. Matt holds a Bachelors of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, is a member of the National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda, and in 1999 was honored as a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. A committed educator, Matt is currently leading seminars teaching jazz to New York schoolchildren through the Jazz Discovery Program. Matt is a board member and Vice-President of Consilience Productions, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to using live music performances to increase civic engagement and activism. SELECT DISCOGRAPHY: Matt Ray Lost In New York 2006 (Consolidated Artists Productions (CAP)) Matt Ray We Got It! 2001 (CAP) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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