photo by Peter Gannushkin
After 20 years of living, studying and performing in the NY music scene, Bryan Murray has recently relocated to Apple Valley, Minnesota with his family. Driven by a strong urge to create and evolve, Bryan has continually embraced new and different mediums of expression.
With an established background and education in jazz, Bryan soon took to pushing boundaries and led an “avant country” band focusing on the songwriting of country music legend Merle Haggard. He has also been a regular sideman on other projects including Unspeakable Garbage and Jon Lundbom’s Big Five Chord, and had the opportunity to join the “Love This Giant” tour with David Byrne and St. Vincent. His latest musical projects utilize a “modified saxophone” of his own creation and are recorded under the pseudonym “Balto Exclamationpoint”
During the course of his musical endeavors, Bryan started visually documenting the world around him, first with photography and later with painting. He was awarded his first solo show in 2018 at the Watchung, NJ Arts Center and his work has appeared in a number of publications including Downbeat magazine and the NY Times.