Performed since 1990. Also, with W-S Symphony "Pops in the Park" series(1996). Perform music from 1500's to now, classical, hymns, Broadway, and unique fingerstyle improv. Will perform a wedding, reception, dinner, party, church, festival, cruise, Society concert, retirement center, meditation, yoga and dance and more. Also, recording, songwriting and poetry reading. Published author: awards from "Chirascuro Magazine" & The International Library of Poetry's "Best Poems and Poets of 2007". Books and albums coming soon! Free music for email list when ready! Email name and address or visit (link hidden) and subscribe. I can help make your event a special occasion!
Price Range: $100 and up.
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Much of the music that I play is the kind of music that would often be performed for royalty. Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses, Dukes and many others would have this music in there courts. Fingerstyle harp, lute and guitar music has been known to be used to try to soothe troubled Kings like Saul in the Bible and can bring a very peaceful feeling for people who hear it. This healing nature to music has been proven even in science, regenerating the DNA of people and even purifying water. I use a special tuning system that has been found in studies to be more effective at doing this and I play music that naturally can ease peoples suffering. We have always known music to be uplifting, but new technology has shown us that it is doing even more than we knew. I sometimes talk about the healing nature of music in my performances as well. I always make every effort to provide professional and curtious service to all of my clients and there guests. I will perform music that can be both soothing and relaxing as well as exciting and invigorating. I provide a beautiful musical atmosphere that is great for more intimate settings as well as for larger events. The hymns are often favorites of music lovers as well as the broadway tunes and my favorite is the improvisation as I love making things up on the spot. I might see if you can guess if its written! I've fooled em' before! Ha! Ha! I also like to give little fun facts about the music and the composers sometimes. Contact me for a peaceful and enjoyable performance of beautiful fingerstyle guitar music!
My name is David Michael Cray and I am a classical/new age/rock guitarist available for any event. I have performed hundreds of concerts since 1990. I perform solo classical guitar and have also shared the stage with top 40 Christian act "Overflow" before in a band called Zion.
I have been studying guitar since 1986 and graduated High School and College from N.C. School of the Arts with a Bachelors of Music Performance. I am also an alumni of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and attended Brevard College in N.C. I have performed in Masterclasses with many of the greatest classical guitar performers and teachers in the world including William Kanengizer(LA Guitar Quartet), Ricardo Cobo, Bruce Holdsman(tied with Shearer for most competition winner students in world), David Russell, and studied privately with Aaron Shearer(13 books with Mel Bay Publishing) who had the most competition winner students of anyone in the world. I also studied privately with a student of the great Andres Segovia named Gerald Klickstein. I have reasonable rates and provide a beautiful atmosphere both soothing and exciting music from all time periods.
Please contact me for your next event and we can make it a very special occasion for everyone there.
Additional Booking Notes
I will only need a chair without arms, a plug, and adequate lighting. I will provide my own amplification unless you have a very large crowd and you may choose to get a P.A. of your own if you think it will be needed. Usually, my amp has enough volume for a group up to about 100 people. A plug is definitely recommended for my amplification as classical guitar is very quiet without the amp. If you can avoid rooms with noisy refrigerators or open rooms with other activities nearby that can hinder being able to hear I would recommend it if possible although I have played those rooms too and it has still been received well. It is just something to consider when planning your event if you have other options available.
These are some of the pieces I play, although not all of them in every set. If you have a request from these pieces I can play them or if there are others you would like to have done and there is time to learn it then please ask. There will be a small charge for any sheet music I have to purchase to learn request music unless I have it already.
J.S. Bach Prelude to 1st Cello Suite
Antonio Lauro Suite Venezolana Prelude
I have about an hour and half of hymns and another hour of Christmas music for that season that I choose from.
Romance by Anonymous
Guiliani Etude in E minor
Flamenco Guitar improv and a little of Leyenda(Asturias) mixed together
Kind of new age/classical improvisational music (Guess when I'm doing it!)
Leo Brouwer Etudes 1-6, 12
Pieces by Ferdinando Sor
Come Away by John Dowland
Kemp's Jig by Anonymous
Glory Glory Alleluja and other Traditional and Patriotic Songs
Auro Lee by Bill Tyers Made famous by Elvis
Vous Souviendrez-vous? by Guy Bergeron
From a Foreign Land Op. 15 by Robert Schumann
Chilesote Suite by Anonymous(Earliest Lute Music)
Ave Maria by Franz Shubert
Hymne Americain by John Stafford Smith
Wilson's Wilde by Anonymous
Spagnoletta by Anonymous
Pastorale by Matteo Carcassi
Day is Done a Traditional Welsh Melody
Going Home Dvorak
Etude #1 by David Michael Cray(ME)
A Time For Us by Nio Rota from "Romeo and Juliet"
Celebre Adagio by T. Albinoni
Phoenix by Monique Berthoud
Lagrima by Francisco Tarrega
Pieces by Aaron Shearer and Alan Hearsh
Pavanes 1-5 by Luis Milan
Dance of the Washerwomen by Hans Newsidler
Etude 19 by Matteo Carcassi
Andante in C, Opus 48 no. 5, and Etude No.4 and others by Mauro Giuliani
Rondino by Jean Philippe Rameau
Allegretto and Siciliana by F. Carulli
Packington's Pound by Anonymous (16th Century)
Etude in E Minor by D. Aguado
Cancion De Cuna(Tema Popular Mallorguin) by Bartolome Calatuyud
Where is Love? (From the Broadway Musical "Oliver") by Lionel Bart
What'll I Do? (From "Music Box Revue of 1924") by Irving Berlin
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (From "Roberta") by Otto Harbach and Jerome Kern
My Cup Runneth Over (From "I Do! I Do!") by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
Ricecare by F. Da Milano
Influences & Inspiration
William Kanengizer, David Russell, Andres Segovia, Steven Curtis Chapman, I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin and a lot of other groups and that has probably influenced my improvisational skills. Also, I love D.C. Talk and Decypher Down and a lot of other Christian bands although I don't know if you would be able to tell from my classical guitar playing. They are a little heavier than the typical fingerstyle guitar music. Also, I grew up with alot of the traditional hymns in church and loved them. I also love bands like Dream Theater and Neal Morse and Transatlantic. Really there are too many influences to mention them all.
Chair without arms
Adequate Lighting to read
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