D’Arcy Gray is a very versatile musician who has played a great deal of orchestral, solo, chamber music, interdisciplinary, and free improv shows in many countries over the last 20 years. Originally from Amherst (well, Tidnish actually) in Nova Scotia, he studied percussion at McGill University and the Juilliard School. He also studied electronic music with David Tudor in New York and at STEIM in Amsterdam. In the last 10 years he has given first performances of over 100 new pieces.
As an educator, D’Arcy has been teaching at the university level since 1991. He has been a guest artist or given workshops at many prestigious institutions like the Banff Centre, New Music Concerts, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Cal Arts, and the Lincoln Centre Institute. He taught percussion at McGill University from 1991-2008.
D’Arcy moved back to Nova Scotia in 2008. Since then he has mostly been teaching at Dalhousie University (The Fountain School of Performing Arts), playing as an extra with Symphony Nova Scotia, and enjoying other collaborations with suddenlyLISTEN, MusIkon, and many other local artists.