PAUL STEVEN RAY

                          COMPOSER / SOUND ARTIST


News & Updates



VS2@Knockdown Center  March 10,2017 9:30pm Maspeth,NY

AQUIACONVERSE(AKA Ray-Rosas Project) - November 8, 2015/7:00pm at ShapeShifterlab.Brooklyn, NY

VERTICALSON @ TRANS PECOS -  January 17, 2016/8:00pm



THE GOOD NARROW NIGHT -for Soprano,electronics,digital media,guitar-

September 24, 2016 @ Crypt of The Church of The Intercession  NYC








July 18, 2015 - What Whispers Ignite : collaboration with Eli Fountain and Kiori Kawai @Le Petit Versailles,NYC

July 9, 2015 - VERTICALSON @ ShapeShifterLab, Brooklyn, NY

October 3, 2014 SPLITROCK Opera/ VERTICALSON with Brandon Ross @ ShapeShifterLab Brooklyn,NY



Paul Steven Ray has been composing and performing in NYC since 1981. He has been heard in a wide range of venues including Issue Project Room, The Stone, ShapeShifterLab, Paperbox, The Knitting Factory, IBEAM, and Tonic.  He has presented his work in such festivals as Noise Festival at Richard Foreman’s Ontological Theater, the International Electro-Acoustic Festival, Cosmoson-Paris,CERF Festival, New York Jazz Festival, and the North River Music Series. Collaborations with other artists include Theresa Rosas, Bora Yoon, Vernon Reid, Nate Wooley, Oblaat, Pheeroan Ak Laff, Brandon Ross, Yuko Fujiyama, Cyro Baptista, Eli Fountain, Val–Inc., Ha Yang Kim, Lisette Santiago, and Kiori Kawai. He holds a B.A. in music and dance of the African diaspora from Indiana University and a M.M. in composition from Brooklyn College.  Ray has studied composition with Amnon Wolman and John Eaton.  His compositions for other media include work created for Laura Staton Dance(Judson Movement Research Series) and the score for Sikay Tang’s Phrases/s Lesson 5.  He has composed four operas that include his video work as well. His “Listener Activated Sound Environments” are installations designed to create an ultra-sensitive sonic experience for the listener-performer.  He was curator of the experimental concert series PSYCHELOUNGE and continues to pursue his goal of bridging the various camps of creative artists in the city and elsewhere.  He is the leader/composer of VERTICALSON, NineNine, and partner with Theresa Rosas in the Ray-Rosas Project.  Paul Steven Ray teaches music technology and West African percussion at Richmond Hill High School in Queens NY where he has encountered some of the most original and unconditioned composing minds in NYC.