Grand Jury of VOLUME
Ray Granlund holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in his native Houston (USA). After a 15-year career as a classical and electronic musician and composer, music and food journalist and cultural entrepreneur, he returned to academia, earning a Master of Arts with distinction in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy from Goldsmiths, University of London, for his research into international aspects of popular music and arts funding, and the phenomenon of gastrodiplomacy in food and cooking shows.
During eight years in Macau Granlund co-founded Panda Artist Management Ltd, an agency that booked tours in Greater China, South Korea, Japan, Europe and the US for an international array of bands and partnered with Macau businesses to organise over 120 live music events featuring local, regional and overseas musicians. Working with the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Panda was the agency responsible for the memorable 2011 architectural mapping projection on the Ruins of St Paul’s, for its second run by popular demand and for the subsequent three-month audiovisual mapping course.
Granlund has served as the English literary translator from the Portuguese on each edition of The Script Road · Macau Literary Festival and has twice performed as an electronic music artist in the Macau Arts Festival. He now resides in London and works as an editor and musicologist at White Label Productions, serving the classical music and original soundtrack recording industry.