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Biography

Ray Kostiainen is a professional musician & teacher with 20 years experience. He has earned credibility as a sort after musician, teacher and session recording musician.

 

Ray plays in the following groups / projects

Solo band Project Solo band page (electric guitar & production) Purchase Bow CD tracks or album via iTunes!

Backroom Vegas Backroom Vegas web site (acoustic, bass guitar & bv's)

Chris Timms Chris Timms web site (bass guitar)


Gear Ray uses

GUITARS:
2 * Ibanez RG 7 string
(DiMarzio Tone Zone Br & Blaze Nk P/Ups)
Schecter Diamond Series 7 string (Seymour Duncan Invader Br & Strat Stack Nk P/Ups)
Yamaha Pacifica (DiMarzio Paf Pro Br & Virtual Vintage Nk P/Ups)
Maton ECW80C acoustic
(AP5 Act P/Ups)
2 * Warwick Corvette Pro Series 6 string bass
(Stock Act P/Ups)
Peavey Millenium BXP 4 string bass

PRE AMPS:
Marshall JMP-1

AMPS:
BJ Amplifier Extreme Reverb Head + 2*12 Cab
Marshall JCM 2000 Head & 1960A + 4*12 Cab

Peavey Encore 65 Combo 1*12
Hartke Systems 7000 Head + 4*10 Cab
Eden RS115 Combo 1*15


EFFECTS:
TC Electronic G-Force + Behringer FCB-1010
Line 6 POD X3 LIVE
Digitech Bass Whammy

Boss CS-3
Boss DD-5
Jim Dunlop Cry Baby

 

Background Information

INFLUENCES:
Joe Satriani, Guthrie Govan, John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, Tony Macalpine, Eric Johnson, Frank Gambale, Alex Hutchings, Ron Jarzombek, Larry Carlton, Brett Garsed, Pat Metheny, Tommy Emmanuel, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco Delucia, Wes Montgomery, Shawn Lane, John Scofiel, Lee Ritenour...

Ric Fierabracci, Victor Wooten, Stu Hamm, Billy Sheenan, Les Claypool, Jaco Pastorius, Mark King, Bunny Brunel, Tom Kennedy, John Myung, Tony Levin...

SESSION RECORDINGS:
Rays credits include artists/producers such as:
Dan Weekes (producer/musician), Cornel Florea (producer), PRO-MA SYSTEMS convention sound tracks, Matthew Williamson (artist), Spinning Silver (band), Liberty Christian Church album.

LIVE PERFORMANCE:
Backroom Vegas, Haak Austin with The Salt Lick Troubadours, Erica Bronwyn, Midnight Groove, Ray Kostiainen Solo Band Project, Chris Timms, Artisan Kin, Open Arms Project, Spinning Silver, 306 and Youth Alive.

STUDIO:
Since 2010 Ray has run his own music production studio - “ROK-Music”. Ray has produced albums/artists such as:
Open Arms Project (EP album 2011), Dunamis Kids Church Album “Kids Advancing” (Full album 2008), Each Revolving Door (EP album 2004) as well as his own solo instrumental CD's.

SOLO:
- Solo instrumental CD titled "Bow". 2013
- Self titled solo instrumental CD. (Guitar, bass, keyboards, drum programming and compositions). 2001

TEACHING:
Ray has been teaching guitar and bass through various music stores, colleges ...and private tuition.
guitar, bass & drum lessons
ROK-Music private studio, Emmaus 2006 to 2015, Music Cavern, Flagstone State Community College, Westside Christian College, Southside Christian College, Windaroo Valley High, Hills International College, Liberty Ministry College (City Church Logan), Music Makers 1999 to 2005.