Ray Soul


"Ray SOul is extraordinary in many ways..."

Ray Soul has been a professional jazz bassist and producer immersed in the New York jazz scene for over a decade. While studying as an undergraduate at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (studied with Reggie Workman), he was driven by a recurring quest to find his voice and develop his own concept of jazz, which he has termed "Interactive jazz: Jazz as a New Visual Art." He extended this concept while pursuing his Master’s degree in Music Technology at New York University. Ray has released four jazz albums since 2007, and has participated in numerous tours and international jazz festivals worldwide.

Soul finished his second Master’s degree in the Arts Administration program at Columbia University, where he was focusing on arts, media, entertainment business; cultural policy; and copyright law. Soul believes professional artists need to understand both how to perform and how to market their works. Soul has also worked at Jazz at the Lincoln Center and at the Museum of Modern Art. He is currently working as an assistant director for the Global Initiative at Berklee College of Music and pursuing his Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. 


  • Ray Soul's last name is an actual Korean last name "薛", meaning wormwood.

  • Ray was nominated for a Latin Grammy award in 2011 through a project called "Yeahwon."

  • BFA, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, NYC 2006

  • MM, New York University, Music Technology, NYC 2008

  • MA, Columbia University, Arts Administration, NYC 2013

  • Ed.D. candidate, Northeastern University, Boston, currently enrolled.

  • Soul has produced four OSF studio albums, and other projects including Ham Bu Young's 2nd album.