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Grey Mcmurray


"[itsnotyouitsme’s] instrumental meditations are structurally fascinating and at times meltingly beautiful.” 

—Allan Kozinn, (The New York Times: Best Classical CDs of 2008) 

" [Grey’s] effortlessly lyrical high tenor can easily lead anyone to imagine So Percussion is really Michael McDonald and the Doobie Brothers goofing off."  

- Peter Goddard The Toronto Star

Grey is a guitar player and singer that is based in Brooklyn, NY.  He has performed at venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, The Walker Center, Lincoln Center, LPR, MCA in Chicago, The Akropolis Theater in Prague, The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Bowery Ballroom in NY, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Disney Hall in LA, as well countless clubs across the US and europe. He’s performed or recorded with Tyondai Braxton,  Gil-Scott Heron, Meshell Ndegeocello, Martha Wainwright, Chromeo, The BBC Symphony Orchestra, Shara Worden, Colin Stetson and Arooj Aftab among many others.  He is the co-leader of the duo itsnotyouitsme with Caleb Burhans. When they want some electric guitarness, he is a member of The Wordless Music Orchestra. He has scored a number of short films and documentaries, most recently Without Shepherds – scored with the singer Arooj Aftab – a documentary that follows the lives of 6 people living in Pakistan. The film won best documentary and best film at the 2013 Brooklyn Film Festival. Other recent work includes arranging the Brian Eno album, Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks, for the opening of the 2012 New York Guitar Festival with Larry Campbell(Bob Dylan, Levon Helm), Mike Gordon (Phish), David Torn, Jeff Parker and itsnotyouitsme.  In January of 2013, Grey sang with John Cale on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as at three concerts at The Brooklyn Academy Of Music.  He is the co-composer and performer in an evening length work entitled, Where (we) Live; the product of a collaboration with So Percussion that was released on Cantaloupe Records.  Since the winter of 2012, Where (we) Live has had performances at The Walker Arts Center in Minnesota, The Next Wave Festival at The Brooklyn Academy Of Music, The River To River Festival in Manhattan, The Fringe Festival in Philadelphia and Sacrum Profanum in Krakow, Poland. Itsnotyouitsme released it’s 4th album, a collaboration with Theo Bleckmann and Skuli Sverrisson, in November 2013 on New Amsterdam Records.  

He hopes, everyday, to provoke joyful tears in strangers’ eyes.

Thank You

The closing song from the album “Where (We) Live”, a collaboration with So Percussion released on Cantaloupe Records.

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New York Guitar Festival – The Apollo Project

A documentary about itsnotyouitsme’s performance of Brian Eno’s, Apollo Atmospheres, at the 2013 New York Guitar Festival.

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Gentle Spoken Fight

Music and Lyrics by Grey Mcmurray

guitar and vocals – Grey
bass trumpet – MiWi LaLupa
bass – Mike Chiavaro
drums – Gunnar Olsen

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