Reynaliz Herrera is a Mexican-born percussionist, composer and educator. She began pursuing music at the Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza (Mexico), and graduated from The University of Ottawa (BMUS) and The Boston Conservatory (Master of Music). Reynaliz has performed in the U.S., Mexico, Cuba, Canada, Spain, Italy and Germany.
In 2012, Reynaliz created and founded “Ideas, Not Theories,” a theatrical percussion company featuring her own musical works and programs. She has performed “Ideas, Not Theories” at festivals and venues in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, including The International Festival of Arts & Ideas (CT), The Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston, The Currents New Media Festival (Santa Fe), Please Touch Museum (PA), The Flea Theater (NY), The National Arts Center of Canada, The Boston Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Maker Faires, NY International Fringe Festival 2015, NYU/KoSA/HLAG Day of Percussion 2016, ILLUMINUS, Cambridge Arts River Festival, and many local festivals and venues.
Reynaliz has also collaborated as a percussionist with The National Arts Center Orchestra (as a percussion soloist), Danza Contemporanea En Concierto in Mexico, and Double Edge Theater Company, Flamenco Boston, Grooversity, the band Muy Cansado, Boston Percussion Group, and Boston Opera Collaborative, among others in the U.S. She has also performed at other renowned venues like SXSW, The Palau Hall (Spain), Teatro Amadeo Roldan (Cuba), the Peabody Essex Museum, Wang Center Theatre, and the Revolutions International Theater Festival (New Mexico).
Reynaliz has won competitions and awards, including Mexico’s National and State’s Youth Awards, PERCUBA International Percussion Competition in Cuba, the NACO Bursary Competition, and the MTV Latinamerica Agent of Change Award. Her recent projects have been funded by The Boston Foundation and The Somerville Arts Council. She has also been an active percussion and music instructor in the Boston area. Reynaliz enjoys making her lessons fun, creative and productive, and is super excited to teach at ZUMIX!