7-time Grammy Award winner Paul Wertico, David Cain, and Larry Gray continue to cultivate their artistic exploration of new worlds of sound-making: “original and visionary music from original and visionary musicians.” Wertico Cain & Gray came together to realize new music and art, winning a prestigious live performance album award along the way, and gathering international audiences in search of sonic stimulation. Chicago-based, this spontaneous trio composes and orchestrates everything in real-time, melting acoustic and electronic sounds with new-tech and word- tech, in-sync with an inner muse that connects to the universe of possibilities, and musically conversing to the point of sheer telepathy.

Sound Portraits by Wertico Cain & Gray.
Best Live Performance Album, 13th Annual Independent Music Awards (2014).    (Video On Demand)

  • Interview: WUIS – Musicians create sound-portraits…
  • Review: Grammy winner joins local musicians for composing on the spot

Out in Space by Wertico Cain & Gray – award-winning improv trio

  • Review: “Wertico Cain and Gray sound of a piece – like old friends finishing each other’s sentences. And these are very, very interesting sentences… and excursion into free-form, completely symbiotic creativity.”

Organic Architecture by Wertico Cain & Gray – award-winning improv trio    (Video On Demand)

Realization by Wertico Cain & Gray – award-winning improv trio  (Video On Demand)

  • Review: “Original and visionary music from original and visionary musicians… Spontaneous composition sounds so cool in the hands of @werticocaingray.” My rave of their new album ‘Realization’ (S. Victor Aaron)
  • Nakedly Examined Music Podcast #30: Paul Wertico and David Cain: Improv Without a Net. December 4, 2016 by Mark Linsenmayer. Seven-time Grammy winning drummer Paul Wertico and his multi-instrumentalist/filmmaker/soundscaper cohort David Cain are two-thirds of Wertico, Cain and Gray, an improvisational trio who have released five albums since 2013…

Short Cuts: 40 Improvisations by Wertico Cain & Gray

AfterLive by Wertico Cain & Gray

Without Compromise (VR 360 & HD, 5.1 & Stereo)  (video-on-demand)
“This is a wonderful, curious, enigmatic, and virtuosic musical experience, in which the artists build soundscapes that will take you into new worlds. You will hear groove and grit, form and formlessness. This production will keep you thinking and stretching for days.” Kabir Sehgal (Grammy winning producer and NYT & WSJ best-selling author).

WCG music on Spotify:
Sound Portraits  by Wertico Cain & Gray
Out In Space by Wertico Cain & Gray
Organic Architecture by Wertico Cain & Gray
Realization by Wertico Cain & Gray
Short Cuts by Wertico Cain & Gray
Afterlive by Wertico Cain & Gray
Without Compromise by Wertico Cain & Gray

DUOs with David Cain
My spontaneous collaborators: Paul Wertico (drums), Larry Gray (cello), Luda Bella (dance), and special guest Meghan Loman (aerialist), are sharing our inner most thoughts, feelings, and stories with you.

“Cain Takes on the Wild West with Waves. Composer mixes latest jazz trio album in surround.” Pro Sound Network News.

David Cain has released a new album of Piano Improvisations titled Meditations. MEDITATIONS is the story of improvisational time capsules, moments of musical meditation. The spontaneous recordings were inspired by the memory of David Cain’s composer-mentor, Dr. Roque Cordero.

WCG’s 5th album Short Cuts – 40 Improvisations pioneers spontaneous composition. “Our intention was to create short, spontaneous compositions. These 40 tracks form a complete compositional thought. The mixes were realized as living, breathing moments of creative flow and the titles of the tracks vibrate as poetry that tells our story.” Sublime, integrated, spontaneous flow. Just like life. And we love life. Music @ iTunes and CD Baby. Please check out a few tracks from Short Cuts: #9 “on, inside or behind,” #28 “where we transform,” and #32 “our hopes.”

WCG’s 4th album, REALIZATION, is the story of back-to-back improvisational time capsules, one at The S.N. Shure Theater, Shure Incorporated headquarters, and one at Reelsounds Chicago. “Original and visionary music from original and visionary musicians”  S. Victor Aaron. Music @ iTunes, CD Baby and Video-On-Demand.

Organic Architecture (2014)  Improvised live at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House. Music @ iTunes, CD Baby and Video On-Demand.

Out In SPACE (2013)  Improvised live at Evanston SPACE. Music @  iTunes and CD Baby.

Wertico, Cain & Gray’s CD  “Sound Portraits” won Best Live Performance Album in the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards (2014). Music @  iTunesCD Baby and  Video On-Demand

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