Sitka Sun

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.

With a lifelong career in the piano restoration trade – specializing in the repair and rebuilding Steinway and elite 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, debuted at the end of 2019.

After years of being a sideman and DJ, Murphy began to hone in on a new, but classic, sound and formed his cosmic jazz ensemble Sitka Sun. Based in Oakland, California, their sophomore release is set for October 2020 with support from the Long Road Society record label.