Matt Ray

Matt Ray is a Brooklyn-based composer, pianist, singer, songwriter, arranger, sound designer, and music director. His arrangements have been called wizardly(Time Out NY) and ingenious(NY Times), and his piano playing referred to as classic, well-oiled swing(NY Times) and to cry for(Ebony). For his work on Taylor Macs show A 24-Decade History of Popular Music he and Mac shared the 2017 Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired By American History. His show Matt Ray Plays Hoagy Carmichael featuring Kat Edmonson premiered at Lincoln Centers American Songbook series in 2018. Other work includes music directing The Billie Holiday Project at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, recording for and appearing in the hit film Can You Ever Forgive Me? with Justin Vivian Bond, music directing and arranging for Taylor Macs Obie award winning play The Lilys Revenge, and co-writing songs for and performing in Bridget Everetts one-hour Comedy Central special Gynecological Wonder as well as Everetts hit show Rock Bottom. 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).