David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant

Oct 15

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Meet the Band: Bryan Murray

Bryan Murray on the Love This Giant road @ Ryman Auditorium
Photography: Jon Natchez

If you asked Saxophonist Bryan Murray to describe himself in three words, they would probably be (in no particular order): musician, photographer, and dad.

Bryan Murray, no doubt, is a strong presence on the Love This Giant tour. His main squeeze is the saxophone, but you can also catch Bryan playing the clarinet and flute on stage. Not only has his great love and passion for music been an outstanding asset on tour, but he is also the man behind the camera, photo-documenting the entire thing—it’s been his favorite part of the tour! Bryan even said,

“I’m a photographer when I’m not playing music so this gig is like a dream come true.  I get to travel the country, hang out with David freaking Byrne and photograph the whole thing!!!!  Not to mention Annie Clark is my new favorite guitarist.  She is SUPER BAD!!!”

Most of the photos on this very site and many others, including Kelly Pratt’s tour blog on Brooklyn Vegan, host Bryan’s photography. One might say that Mr. Murray is a true creative interdisciplinary. Catch Bryan’s photography collection here.

Aside from touring with David Byrne & St. Vincent, Bryan has his own band, Bryan and the Haggards, also known as “New York’s most decorated avant-country instrumental Merle Haggard cover band.”  They have two albums out on Hot Cup Records that have received tons of good press—making Wire Magazine’s top 10 jazz albums of 2010 and the Boston Globe’s “Biggest Surprise Jazz Album” of the year.  Their new album, a collaboration with guitarist Eugene Chadbourne, is due out in 2013 on Northern Spy records.

When Bryan isn’t busy on tour and making music or taking photos, he keeps very busy as a stay-at-home dad.  Bryan and his wife had their first child, Lyla Noelle Murray, in January of this year.

Self-Portrait

Bryan took a step away from his camera to have band member, Dave Nelson, take a shot of him at rehearsal.

Bryan’s pride and joy, Ms. Lyla Noelle Murray

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