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Raphael McGregor - Lap Steel, Composition, Arrangements, Education

Raphael McGregor is one of the most in-demand steel players in New York City.  Since moving to Brooklyn in 2002, he has had the opportunity to perform and record with a wide variety of renowned musicians, most notably Willie Nelson, Darol Anger and Michael Manring, Adam Levy, Emmy-Award winning composer Paul Brill, Alan Harris, Noam Pikelny, Matt Munisteri, Cyro Baptista, and Chas Justus and the Red Stick Ramblers.  For eight years he was the guitarist and steel player for the international touring act Nation Beat, which performed all over North America and Brazil, including such notable venues as Farm Aid, Montreal Jazzfest, Porto Musical in Recife, Brazil, Stern Grove, the Hollywood Palladium, Globalfest, and New York's Blue Note. As well as being an in-demand sideman for many acts in the New York City area, Raphael is the steel player for the Brain Cloud and regularly leads his own bands.

As an educator, he has nine years of teaching experience in a variety of contexts; from university masterclasses to assemblies and residencies with inner-city public school students.  Currently he teaches music regularly at the Community Partnership Middle School in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and has previously taught at Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School, Achievement First High School, and in the Brooklyn Philharmonic's afterschool residency program.  

In 2013, Raphael released his first CD as a leader, Fretless, which continues to garner critical acclaim and is available on CdBaby, Itunes, and in other major digital distribution outlets.