David Ray Music

My passion lies in deep musical rhythms and tonal contrast and richness. Whether performing, recording, arranging, or producing others' music, I strive to make an ecstatic music experience.

In recent years I have been focusing on guitar fingerstyle technique with my own arrangements of traditional and contemporary North American folk, folklore music of Venezuela and Brazil, and Latin Jazz, along with a variety of rhythmic elements.

Vocals and other string instruments such as mandolin and Bandola Llanera are included in the mix. Past and current projects are centered on these vocal and string instrument arrangements played either as solo, backed by traditional acoustic percussion, or by downtempo electronic rhythm for a modern audience.

I hope that my spin on these styles offers an enjoyable and interesting new perspective.


"David [has a] well-studied mastery of South American musical territory... a romantic's ear for melody... with aggressive and passionate picking."
        -- Monterey Coast Weekly

"David Ray is an exciting, thoughtful player who brings great craft and insight to his music... He immediately steps into the foremost ranks of jazz and Latin-based mandolinists."
        -- Mandolin Magazine

"Many people have recorded my song 'Misturada' throughout the last thirty years, but I am happy to tell you that your recording is one of the most unique and 'happening' that I have heard. Your entire CD is a pleasure to listen to. Flora and I have been enjoying everything, specially the chorinhos."
        -- Airto Moreira