Ray Coyle, born in the UK but based in Chicago, is an experienced jazz and classical percussion performer, composer and teacher specializing in vibraphone, marimba and drums. Ray has performed with various jazz, big band and rock ensembles in England, Holland and Chicago, including television and radio work, and an on-screen marimba performance in the film “Wings of Fame”. Using home studio, computers, synthesizers and live performance, Ray composes and records contemporary improvised music and jazz-inspired works using midi and digital audio technology with the Ray Coyle Ensemble, featuring his compositions, and with Bending the Map, a contemporary improvised music trio. Recent performances include shows at the Green Mill and at the Brown Rice in Chicago and live radio on WNUR and WZRD. During his early career, Ray composed and performed music on marimba for several modern dance productions in Amsterdam, organized and performed a series of contemporary music concerts for marimba and flute in Holland, and worked as a percussionist with the Overijssel Philharmonic and with the Zwolle Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to Chicago, Ray has taught mallets and percussion at various schools including the American Conservatory of Music, North Central College, The Academy for the Performing Arts, and The Chicago Grammar School. Ray holds an M.A. in Performance in Classical Percussion from Zwolle Conservatory of Music in The Netherlands; an M.A. in Performance in Classical Percussion from Trinity College, London, England; and a B.A. in Light Music and Jazz Percussion from Newcastle School of Music, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England. He has also studied contemporary marimba with Keiko Abe and Leigh Howard Stevens and jazz vibraphone with Dave Samuels.