Ray's Music Exchange is a six piece ensemble from Cincinnati dedicated to the creation of eclectic and innovative music. Ray's focuses on the collaborative process and developing a strong community of musicians through various side projects and guest performers. With influences ranging from jazz and funk, to worldbeat and experimental, the collective result is unique and balanced, often venturing through many musical ideas during the course of an evening. Orchestrated compositions, free and guided improvisations, electronic music, and an adventurous approach to musical communication are all part of a Ray's performance.
Eli Hludzik (drums) and Nicholas Mavridoglou (percussion) provide a dynamic rhythmic foundation, floating between jazz and ethnic grooves. Nick Blasky (bass) lays down a progressive bottom end, and brings soulful vocals to the group. Joe McLean (guitar) and Brad Myers (guitar) weave multi-stylistic sonic and harmonic explorations into the mix. Michael "Mad Dog" Mavridoglou (trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion) offers melodic solos, tight lead lines, and interactive percussion that rounds out the ensemble.