Castanets’ Ray Raposa has passed away

Ray Raposa, best known as the force behind the castanets, has passed away. He was 41 years old. The news was confirmed on Sufjan Stevens’ Tumblr, where Stevens wrote in a statement, “Ray Raposa passed away yesterday. He was a shining star, a good friend and a great musician. It was always such a joy and fierce spiritual journey to work with him. Heavy hearts and deep sorrows here. Ray, may your soul shine brightly on the other side! And may eternal light shine upon you. I love you.”

Raposa’s family also shared a statement via Riot Act Media: “It is with great sadness that the family of Raymond Raposa announces his passing. Raymond was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, friend and musician. He means a lot to us. to lack. “

Born in 1981 in Michigan City, Indiana, Raposa grew up in California and got his start as a musician in the free-jazz group Womb. After testing out high school at age 15, Raposa bussed the United States for four years via Greyhound. It quickly caught the attention of Stevens, who overheard his collaboration with Nathan Delffs (2002’s What kind of remedy), and Stevens soon signed Raposa to her label, Asthmatic Kitty. In 2004, the two moved to Brooklyn.

In 2004, Raposa released its first project, cathedral, like Castanets. As the project gained visibility, Castanets became a leading force in the freak-folk movement of the 2000s. He released six more albums under the name: 2005’s First Light Freeze2007 In the vineyards2008 city ​​of refuge2009 Texas Rose, the Thaw and the Beasts2012 Little Agitator of Deathand 2014 The Decimation Blues.

Over the course of his career, Raposa’s touring band has featured Annie Clark from St. Vincent, Matthew Houck from Phosphorescent, Jana Hunter and Red Hunter (aka Peter And The Wolf) and John McCauley from Deer Tick. He has also toured with Black Heart Procession, Deer Tick, Dirty Projectors, Michael Gira, Hunter, Scout Niblett, Phosphorescent, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and many others.

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