Paul Steven Ray has been composing and performing various mutations of electronic-ritual music for over 20 years. He arrived in NYC in 1981 and has been heard in experimental venues such as Issue Project Room, The Stone, ShapeShifterLab,PaperBox,The Knitting Factory, TONIC, MonkeyTown and festivals such as the Noise Festival at the Ontological Theater, the International Electro-Acoustic Festival, Cosmoson, Ivy Salon Paris, CERF Festival , New York Jazz Festival and the NORTH RIVER MUSIC SERIES. He has collaborated with such artists as Theresa Rosas, Bora Yoon, Oblaat, Pheeroan Ak Laff, Vernon Reid, Nate Wooley, Brandon Ross, Cyro Baptista, Yuko Fujiyama, Val-Inc., Ha-Yang Kim, Eli Fontaine, Lisette Santiago, Kiori Kawai, Jenny Scheinman,Julian Thayer . 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 . In recent years, Ray has taken up the camera to create multimedia work and video art such as Lotus B.’s Haiku Dream for 4 channel video and live music. In 2006, Paul Steven Ray and Theresa Rosas formed the experimental duet, Aquiaconverse(now known as RAY-ROSAS PROJECT) . He has composed four operas including SALLY DISTANCE, for Soprano, e. guitar,laptop,live electronics, and video which was premiered in 2007 at Galapagos Arts Space and featured Bora Yoon. His listener activated sound environments are outdoor installations designed for an ultra-sensitive sonic experience for the “listener-performer”. He is curator of the experimental concert series, PSYCHELOUNGE. He is the leader of VERTICALSON and NineNine.
Theresa Rosas is an active performer of classical and new music. She has premiered works of diverse inspiration by composers Paul Steven Ray, Terry Winter Owens, Ben Bierman, Patrick Castillo, Andrea La Rose, Pedro Ramos, Hsin-Jung Tsai, and collaborated with the new music ensembles Anti-Social Music and Vox Novus. She was a participant at the California Music Festival, Semaine Internationale de Piano in Blonay, Switzerland, and the Fortepiano Workshop at Cornell University. She has presented work in master classes for Malcolm Bilson, Edith Fischer, and Jeffrey Swann. Returning from two years of independent study in Berlin, Germany, Ms. Rosas currently serves on the piano faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. She holds a masters degree in
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