Ray Lynch

Ray Lynch

Infobox musical artist
Name = Ray Lynch

Img_size = 300
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Born = birth date|1943|7|3|mf=y
Origin = Salt Lake City, Utah
Instrument = Classical Guitar, Lute, Piano, Keyboards
Genre = New Age, Instrumental, Classical
Occupation = Composer, Guitarist, Mathematician
Years_active = c. 1980–present
Label = Ray Lynch Productions
Windham Hill
URL = [http://www.raylynch.com www.raylynch.com]
[http://www.onestopmusiclicensing.com www.onestopmusiclicensing.com]
[http://www.myspace.com/raylynchmusic www.myspace.com/raylynchmusic]

Ray Lynch (also known as Raymond Lynch) is a classically trained guitarist and lutenist. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1943 to a musical and artistic family [http://www.raylynch.com/up_close_and_personal/index.html Ray Lynch's official site] ] . His mother was a classical pianist and watercolor artist. At age 6, Lynch began studying the piano until age 12, where he was inspired by the music of Andres Segovia’s classical recordings and decided to pursue a career in music. He attended both St. Stephen's Episcopal School as well as Austin High School in Austin, Texas, then attended the main campus of University of Texas for one year before moving to Barcelona, Spain where he apprenticed to the classical guitar teacher, Eduardo Sainz de la Maza, for three years. Leaving Spain, Lynch then returned to the University of Texas where he studied music composition. While at college Lynch was invited to New York City to join The Renaissance Quartet where he performed the classical guitar and lute for several years.

In the early days of his musical career, Lynch was an unknown classically trained guitarist and lutenist who began writing instrumental recordings that blended classical and electronic components into melodic soundscapes. His debut album, "The Sky of Mind" (1983) artfully meshed his early classical music training with spatial melodies, and the album became an underground success. When Lynch released his second album "Deep Breakfast" (1984), he and his wife Kathleen sold over 50,000 albums out of their small apartment in San Rafael, California before licensing the music to a distributor. "Deep Breakfast" has sold over 1 million copies without the benefit of performing, and was the first independently released album to be certified Gold by the R.I.A.A. [http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&title=Deep%20Breakfast&artist=Ray%20Lynch&startMonth=1&endMonth=1&startYear=1958&endYear=2007&sort=Artist&perPage=25 RIAA Gold & Platinum Database] ]

Lynch’s third album "No Blue Thing" (1989) won two Billboard Awards, and in 1993, Lynch followed up with his fourth album, the classical "Nothing Above My Shoulders but the Evening" featuring members of the San Francisco Symphony. Lynch’s fifth and most recent album, "" (1998) is a retrospective of his work and includes three new music tracks.


* "The Sky of Mind" (1983)
* "Deep Breakfast" (1984)
* "No Blue Thing" (1989)
* "Nothing Above My Shoulders but the Evening" (1993)
* "" (1998)

heet music

Lynch has produced a piano anthology, "Ray Lynch Anthology", featuring selected pieces. The book presents each piece in standard notation for both hands, and also features a short interview.

Recent work

Under his given name of Raymond Lynch, Lynch is currently at work on a book that is an enquiry into number and the foundations of , music tuning theory, cosmologies, metrology, and geodesy and the meaning of precession in ancient mythology. According to his publisher, Eio Books of Vermont, this book will see print in the year 2008.

Recently (August 2007) he contributed to an online journal called "DharmaCafe" where he reviewed the book "Genesis of the Cosmos" by Paul LaViolette.


External links

* [http://www.raylynch.com/ Official website]
* [http://www.onestopmusiclicensing.com/ Music licensing website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/raylynchmusic Official MySpace website]
* [http://www.dharmacafe.com/index.php/new-science/article/ancient-physics-mode Lynch's review of Paul LaViolette's "Genesis of the Cosmos" (The photo accompanying the article is NOT Raymond Lynch.)]
* [http://adventuresinmusic.biz/Archives/Interviews/raylynch.htm "The Interview of What Happens - Conversation and Serendipity with Ray Lynch" on AdventuresInMusic.biz, 2007]

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