Ray Spiegel was a disciple of the late Tabla Master Ustad Alla Rakha since 1975, specializing in the Punjab Gharana (style) of Tabla. He began his formal training at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, CA, under Sri Shankar Ghosh in 1970 and studied with Sri B.S. Ramanna in New Delhi in 1971 and 1972. He also received intensive training and guidance from Ustad Zakir Hussain from 1973 to 1980. Ray has performed widely in the U.S. and India both as accompanist and soloist and has taught master classes at prestigious institutions throughout the U.S.