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J Ralph

J Ralph is a composer, who has never undergone any formal training in music. He’s unable to read or write music notes. However, his unusual abilities to play almost any instrument in a very short time allow him to create polyphonic pieces of compositions – including recording hist last album with 75-piece orchestra.

We can read in his bio that his studio is in a former vaudeville and silent-movie theater on New York’s Lower East Side. It’s lit by candles surrounding a burbling nineteenth-century iron-pedestal fish tank and mini spotlights focused on gilded cherubs thirty feet up. To one side is Duke Ellingtone’s piano, and to the other, a celesta, which sounds like a toy piano tuned to your nightmares; vintage guitar amps flank a five-foot gong. It’s the Playboy mansion of music gear.


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