Ray Larsen is a trumpet player and composer based in Seattle. He is recognized for his unique and spirited approach to the instrument as well as his own distinctive writing style. He co-leads such groups as Tyrant Lizard, The Sky is a Suitcase and Chemical Clock and has reordered and performed with such artists as Wayne Horvitz, Jacob Zimmerman and Carmen Rothwell amongst others. As an active member of Seattle’s improvised music scene, Larsen enjoys working in creative improvised music, jazz and across broad ranges of musical contexts and styles. Over the last ten years alone, Ray has released five albums of his own work, his most recent being Art in America, a collective portrait of the country’s current unrest, through archived musical performances, field recordings, stories, interviews and dialect samples all collected from the Library of Congress.
“Ray Larsen’s ability to play in more free, improvised formats, as well as expressing his roots within swing and bop rhythms, gives him a very unique and original voice that is gaining notice on a national scale.” – Paul Rauch, All About Jazz