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deVon Gray

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deVon R. Gray is a composer and multi-instrumentalist and best known as dVRG in the acclaimed live hip hop band, Heiruspecs; or alongside singer/songwriter Chastity Brown. Lesser known are his classical and chamber music works, film scores, experimental collaborations, arranging credits, session work, and production. A 2015 recipient of a Cedar Cultural Center commission, dVRG penned a new opus entitled Fractious Child (string 4tet); a work which attempts to juxtapose injustice and the beauty of life for black people in America, which Baldwin referred to as “failed”. Redefining versatility, dVRG draws inspiration from an enviable record collection, from Claudio Monteverdi to Shuggie Otis, and communicates through nuanced sounds; a musical polyglot disguised as a lone star…ready to super nova. Gray has studied orchestral conducting with world renowned artists: Manny Laureano (Minnesota Orchestra) & Donald Palma (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra); and composition with Lee Hyla, & Michael Gandolfi, along with others.

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