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Gender MALE
Occupation Composer
Location New York, NY
Introduction Ray Luedeke, one of the leading composers in North America, was born in New York City. His output runs the gamut from entertaining theater pieces for children, through a long list of sophisticated solo and chamber music to colorful, carefully crafted pieces for orchestra. Recordings of his music include Shadow Music with the Louisville Orchestra, The Transparency of Time with pianist Andre LaPlante and the Winnipeg Symphony, The Moon in the Labyrinth with harpist Judy Loman and the Orford String Quartet, Brass Quintet with the New Mexico Brass Quintet, Circus Music with the Hannaford Street Silver Band. Quartetto Gelato has recorded Ray’s brilliant arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and has performed it worldwide. In the summer of 2007, Ray started a new music theater company, Voice Afire Pocket Opera and Cabaret, and produced three shows, each reflecting a particular passion of the composer/arranger. I Confess, I Have Lived is based on the poetry of Pablo Neruda. The Pocket Madame Butterfly is an arrangement/adaptation of Puccini’s great masterpiece. Close Embrace is based on the Golden Age of Argentine Tango: tango dancing is a passion of Ray and Dulce.
Interests Argentine Tango, Ballroom Dancing, Bicycle Touring, Vintage Wine, Pocket Opera, Cabaret, New Music, New York, Languages: Spanish, French, German, Opera, Music Theatre, Self Promotion, Composer, Arranger, Music Composition
Favorite Movies A Tango Lesson, Tango Bar, Cabaret, Il Postino, Last Tango in Paris, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Favorite Music Wotold Lutoslawski, William Bolcom, John Harbison, Alberto Ginastera, Benjamin Britten, Igor Strqvinsky, Roger Sessions
Favorite Books I Confess, I Have Lived; Confieso que he vivido; The Master and Margarita; anything by Henning Mankell