D'Arcy Gray

Part-Time Academic

D'Arcy Gray

Email: darcy.gray@dal.ca
Phone: 902.494.5122
Fax: 902.494.2801
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Performance
  • Percussion


  • BMus (McGill)
  • MMus (McGill)

Research & creative activity

In the past ten years, Gray has premiered well over 100 new works, mostly solo or chamber music by Canadian composers.  In addition, he has been very active as an improviser, working extensively with Suddenly Listen and Upstream.  He has also given dozens of clinics on three continents in a variety of subjects.

Selected publications

  • Gray has written a number of articles for Musicworks Magazine as well as for Halana and the Leonardo Music Journal.

Selected performances

  • As a soloist, he has performed from Columbus, Georgia (USA) to Thunder Bay, Ontario;  Montreal, Québec to Belo Horizonte (Brazil); Banff, Alberta to Tilburg (The Netherlands).  His concerto appearances include:  Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Symphonia, the National Youth Band of Canada, and others.  In the summer of 2008, he recorded a CD of John Cage's solo percussion music for Mode Records (New York).
  • As a chamber musician, he has performed extensively with Motion Ensemble, Ensemble KORE, les Moineaux d'Entendre, la Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, and pianist Brigitte Poulin.  In addition, there have been numerous projects with the Quatuor Bozzini, Blue Engine String Quartet, Transmission, Sixtrum, Bradyworks, and others.
  • As an electronic musician, Gray worked extensively with Merce Cunningham and David Tudor in the early 1990s. This work led to further projects with Composers Inside Electronics and a short residency at the studios of STEIM in Amsterdam in 2004.

Awards and honours

  • He has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Getty Research Institute for the Arts and Humanities.