With a diverse and versatile background in all things music, Murphy encompasses a sound that blends his thirst for roots music from around the globe, conservatory studies of classical & jazz, and inquiries into contemporary sounds that blur the acoustic and electronic realms.
Murphy has operated as a supporting bassist and DJ for years, but in 2018 he began to hone in on a new, but classic, sound and formed his cosmic jazz ensemble Sitka Sun. Based in Oakland, California, they’ve released two LP’s with the Long Road Society record label.
With a lifelong career in the piano restoration trade – specializing in the repair and restoration of Steinway & Sons grand pianos – Murphy has followed opportunities from the piano factories of New York City to freelancing in the San Francisco Bay Area where he currently resides.
This keen interest in woodworking, acoustics and the intrinsic healing power of sound, at the intersection of a deep love of the reggae sound systems of Jamaica and the UK, led Murphy to build his first soundsystem, which debuted at the end of 2019.
With an anticipated solo release for this year, Murphy continues to explore new ways of performing that blends vinyl, live sampling, and live instrumentation.