Ray Sandoval

Apa kabar?


I am writing from Bali, Indonesia. Its sunny, hot and humid. If you've never been here its quite an unique place. It has a tropical feel with many culture activities happening daily. Every summer I take time off to reflect and work on new compositions here.

I have been practicing yoga and gender wayang lately. This keeps my mind at peace and rejuvenates me. It is so humbling to play a different instrument and musical language. I have played guitar for the most part of my life but playing a foreign instrument and learning these ancient tunes is such a challenge.

I have two new shows to announce. Tokyo and Ubud. It would be great to see some familiar faces at the shows. The last time I played Tokyo was in 2006, so I am really looking forward to being back there in Shibuya on August 1. I lived there for a couple of years so I will be calling some of my old friends for a drink and kanpai.

Last year I played the Ubud Concert Series and I am happy they have asked me back again. I stay in Canggu when I am in Bali but I really like Ubud. There is a nice energy there, creative and positive. The House of Mask and Puppetry is a special place. My trio will perform on August 8 at 8:00 p.m.


Summer Fun!


Summer is not here yet, but is approaching soon. I will be in Asia for the summer working on some solo guitar stuff and getting some sun. There are a few dates I will do but haven't got the confirmation yet, but when I do I will post them here. Tokyo should be on the map early August. It's been a while since I visited so I am looking forward to being in Japan again.

I don't post many things here on the website as my facebook public page has many of my daily stuff and activities. I just uploaded some live video from the CD launch in London on youtube. Check it out if get the chance.

Fold Gallery Live

My last gig in London for the summer is this Sunday with the Carbrones Buenos at the Eleanor Arms on the 2nd of June.  I'll be back in the fall to continue performing with this group and filling out some autumn dates. Have fun in the sun and thanks for all the support!


London CD Launch Party


Thanks for making the evening very special and for all the people who came out to the show. It was a great success!


Pre-order Próxima Parada on iTunes


My new CD, Próxima Parada is available for Pre-order worldwide from iTunes now! I feel its one of my most personal works to date and anxious to share it with you. Any comments, criticisms, compliments and shout-outs will be appreciated. :)))



Próxima Parada


I just uploaded a few songs from the new CD for you to hear. Here is an excerpt from the liner notes of the CD to give you an idea of the concept. Enjoy!

"My latest stop is London, where I have been very fortunate to work with some outstanding musicians, including my friend Satin Singh.  This album was recorded with just Satin on percussion and me on guitar. I wanted to strip it down for a more intimate feel.  Satin's passion for Afro-Cuban music has shaped the unique sound on this recording, grounding my compositions with his complex rhythms.  

Listen to his conga percussion on 'Round Midnight.  It gives a whole new interpretation to the classic.  I Do is anchored by the deep spirituality of rumba.  And his bata percussion on Passage and Indian congas on Road to Jericho provide a driving beat that lays the foundation for both pieces.  The result is a rich sound produced from the simplest, most basic instrumentation."


Welcome to my new website!


It's been a while since I published anything, CD's, writings etc.  These days it seems the internet is filled with plenty of opinions and first impressions.  I didn't feel the need to add any more noise.

So, I took some time off, did some thinking and tinkering and came out with several new compositions.

I am living in London now. I have a beautiful family and so far enjoy living at 51.5171° N, 0.1062° W.  My son has given me a new life and a new perspective. It is a lot of hard work and I can now truly appreciate what my mother and father did for me. But until I had my son, I never really knew how special it is to be a parent.

My art is always there. I am at an age where you are what you are.  You just do it and don't have so many insecurities.  By this time, you do what you do because you really want to do it.  Does that make sense?  And I think the new compositions reflect the place I'm at now.

I am looking forward to this year.  I have a new CD coming out that will launch next month.  And I will be in Asia doing a few dates over the summer.  Hopefully I can also get some dates back in the ol' USA.

Please take time to listen and send me your thoughts of the new recordings.  It would mean a lot to me.