*With a traditional classical background, Eden Rayz grew up composing and playing cello from the age of 4. While she was attracted to the virtuosity of traditional string playing, she was unsatisfied with the diminutive range of techniques you can employ improvisatorially in standard repertoire.
Eden began delving into many other genres by the age of 12, including pop, jazz, rock, and most intimately, heavy metal. She caught the rock bug at 14, playing in the cello section in the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, who recorded a live album and DVD with classic rock band STYX the same year. She won the “Outstanding Performance” award for her work with the orchestra. Soon after, her string arrangements of rock songs were published professionally.
At the age of 17, she began attending Berklee College of Music on partial scholarship and enjoyed a new-found career as a session performer, recording and arranging with artists such as Wyclef Jean and Vinnie Ferra.
Simultaneously, she was receiving commissions to compose works for professional chamber ensembles, most recently The Almeda Trio, in residence at The Settlement in Cleveland, OH. The first movement of her Piano Trio was premiered on Winter Solstice of 2010 with a light show in an observatory, and was written to include algorithms expressing the astronomical ratios of stars. Critics called the piece “violent…minimalism combined with heavy metal.” She was then commissioned to write a second and third movement.*