Gray Artist Biography

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Name: Gray
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Published/Updated: 09 Jan 2007, 04:50

Biography: Gray is the name of multiple artists:

1) Post punk, experimental art-rock, featuring Jean Michel Basquiat. In downtown New York City, in 1979, painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and performance artist Michael Holman founded their industrial-sound band, Gray. Jean named the band after Gray’s Anatomy, an important reference source for his paintings and the perfect name to capture the haunting, machine-like ambient music the band wrote and performed. Besides Basquiat and Holman, other members of the original group were Nicholas Taylor and Justin Thyme. Vincent Gallo was a member of the band for a short period of time nearer the end of their first incarnation. In the Whitney Museum’s catalogue for Basquiat’s 1991 Retrospective, Robert Farris Thompson, professor of Anthropology at Yale, wrote this about Gray: “They worked the Mudd Club, CBGB’s, and Hurrah’s in New York, where Blondie and the Talking Heads were at that time emerging. They performed, in other words, at the epicenter of New Wave. Here they contended for space and recognition with a style that, in Basquiat’s own words, was ‘incomplete, abrasive, and oddly beautiful.’” In an Interview Magazine review (Jan.,1981) Glenn O’Brien wrote: ”Gray became an industrial sound effects band. They played on scaffolds…. Lately, they’ve really developed their own groove... It’s sort of an easy listening bebop industrial sound effects lounge ensemble.” Just after Jean-Michel Basquiat’s passing in 1988, Holman, Taylor, Thyme and Vincent Gallo, re-united as Gray and performed at Basquiat’s Memorial at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in the Citicorp Building.
In 1996, the making of the MiraMax feature production Basquiat brought Gray’s three original members (Holman, Taylor & Thyme) back together as they reenacted one of their legendary gigs at the Mudd Club with Tony Award winning actor Jeffrey Wright playing Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Just recently they made a come back tour on July 2011.

2) Arranger of Disorder Circulation, works closely with Czk. Produces mainly ambient and experimental music, and is also an arranger for Ruxia. http://dc.seeds-9.com/

3) Gray (그레이) is a South Korean producer/rapper/singer signed under Jay Park's label, AOMG. Gray is a member of the crew, VV:D (pronounced: vivid), which also includes Zion.T, Crush, Elo, and LOCO. Having been known in the underground hip hop scene for quite some time as a producer, Gray dropped his first single, Call Me Gray, as an artist on the 25th of October 2013. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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