Rising artist Anna Wray’s newest chapter has her returning to her roots in the Greater New York Area. Her time on the West Coast provided her with multiple opportunities to improvise and perform with top artists such as William Winant, Zeena Parkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Steven Schick, Christian Wolff, Julia Wolfe, Fred Frith, Joan Jeanrenaud, among others. Anna’s primary focus is to embark on a creative collaboration process with composers, musicians, dancers, theatre groups, and artists on the cutting edge of experimental music and experimental art. Anna also performs Brazilian, Indian, Pop and Folk music with contemporary artists, The Human Time Machine and THISTLE. While she is an artist of diverse talents, it is her percussion performance, described by the San Francisco Gate as “beguiling”, that is her greatest passion.
Anna completed her MFA at CalArts in Instrumental Arts, in 2015, studying with Randy Gloss, Amy Knoles, and David Johnson. She received her BA from Mills College in Oakland CA, in 2013, studying with William Winant who invited her to join the William Winant Percussion Ensemble. Prior to attending Mills College, Anna studied percussion with Barbara Allen in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Anna is currently studying with Joshua Quillen, from So Percussion, in Brooklyn, NY.
In 2017, Anna performed with Steve Earle in the soundscape created for “Samara” by Rich Maxwell at Soho Rep, as an off-broadway production at The Mezzanine Theatre. Anna also performed at the Triskelion Arts Center with The Moving Architects dance company. Anna also provided live soundscapes for Theatre of Yugan’s “Cordelia” (NOHspace SF, LaMama NYC) and Molissa Fenley’s “Redwood Park,” composed by Joan Jeanrenaud.