Raymond Alan Kaczynski
a s t o r y
My name is Ray Kaczynski and I play the drums. I was born in East Detroit, Michigan in 1960. I started playing drums by sneaking wooden spoons out of the Kitchen and coaxing sound and rhythm out of Maxwell House coffee cans with the plastic tops, old telephone books and pillows. Pots and Pans were too loud in the Housing Projects. CKLW played the best selection of Rock, R & B, and '50's music. I played along with the Radio while my Mom danced around doing the Jerk, Boogaloo, Mash Potatoes and just basically enjoying herself by dancing. She was my first drum teacher in that she qualified everything I played with "Oh, that felt good!" or "Hmm, the Beat didn't feel just right." In that way she was teaching me that music was something you had to feel in your body. My parents didn't have a music background but they knew if the music made them feel something, feel emotional, feel like moving, feel like they were free, feel like they could pay the rent and put a little gas in the car, feel they would make it out of the Housing Projects.
We all need to feel like we are going to make it.
I feel like I have been very fortunate to have known what I wanted to do since I about 5 years old. If you grow up with that it's hard to understand and be sympathetic with people who don't love something bigger than themselves. I always figured if I could stay true to music then I would find my way through this Labyrinth we call life.
I ' m a b i g b o y now
Here is a link to a Wikipedia Article about me in german:
Here is a link to a recent video from FOLIO:
b i o l o g y
I studied drums and percussion with James S. Brandt(MHS), Clifford Chapmann(MHS), Robert Hohner(CMU), Tony Wagner(Private), Steven Cornelius(UW-Madison), Keith Copeland(NEA Study Grant NYC), Ramnad V. Raghavan(Wesleyan University).
I studied composition with Brent Dutton and Robert Hays(CMU), Stephen Dembski and Joan Wildman(UW-Madison).
In the past I have performed with Dwike Mitchell, Willie Ruff, Tim Moran, Jeff Fuller, Allen Lowe, Bobby and Eddie Buster, Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, Don Byron, Kelly Connors, Wayne Boyd, Chris Sullivan("...proving not all Irishmen are Green"), Doc Cheatham, David Murray, Sirone Jones, Billy Bang, Dave Santoro, Randy Brecker, Carlos Becha, Gephard Ullmann, Milt Hinton, Jörg Schippa, Julius Hemphill, Horst Nonnenmacher, Rudi Mahal and many others.
I have been(or am!) involved with Zeitkratzer Ensemble(1996 - 2002), Ensemble Megaphon (2011 -2014), The Silent Jazz Ensemble, Die Elephanten, Alexander Wienand Quintet, FOLIO(Andreas Düker-guitar, Martin Speicher-multi reeds), BunkerThree(Nikolas Neusser-Trumpet, Jörg Schippa-guitar), The Christof Busse Quartet, The SHIN, and the Zaza Miminoschwilli project.
To date I teach at the Clay Oberschule - Rudow(Berlin), The Music School Paul Hindemith - Neukölln(Berlin), and privately at my recording studio in Frohnau-Berlin.
2018 Christof Busse Quartett
2019: FOLIO Trio CD
2019: BunkerThree(produced: rk)CD
(CD productions and releases from the last 20 years are not listed at the moment)
In the Fall of 2018 the work on my recording studio was completed. I have a small but fine space situated in the most Northwestern corner of Berlin. The Kunstlerhof Frohnau has been a Godsend. We are located in the middle of a Wild Wood which was surrounded on three sides by the Berlin Wall.
If you are interested in hiring a Drummer/Percussionist, taking lessons, or Recording your music please contact me at:
+49 (0) 176 316 73 648
Happy Music Making to You!
E. Constantin KP Wittemann