'Alizarin Sky' is a collection of 7 solos 7 duets exploring an intimate relationship with nature. With guest musicians such as Hugh Marsh on violin, Steve Lucus on bass, Ron Korb on flute and Ravi Naimpally on tabla, udu and dumbek, Ray effortlessly crosses the borders of folk, jazz, and world music. Reviews: 'Alizarin Sky is a sensitive and innovative debut album.' Liona Boyd 'Ray's record is a rich and varied musical journey, with a few forks in the road for good measure. Expansive writing is wed to rich and expressive performances.' Don Ross 'Ray Hickey's compositions feflect his passion and sincerity towards his music in a most natural way.' Levon Ichkhanian Biography: Ray Hickey is one of the most innovative guitarists of his generation. He studied classical music at the Royal Conservatory and private tutelage with University of Toronto guitar department head Eli Kassner. Later Ray went to the Musician's Institute in Los Angeles, California where his teacher was Frank Gambale (Chic Corea's Electric Band). Ray also attended workshops in West Virginia, California and England with legendary British Rock guitarist Robert Fripp (King Krimson). During the early nineties Ray began studying and performing on the koto, shamisen, pipa. Since then he has toured quite extensively throughout Canada, U.S.A., Central America, England, Ireland, China and Japan. This year Ray has been developing a new guitar that he will be premiering this season.