Eddie Reyes, composer/guitarist/pianist has an extensive background in Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz. His long standing interest in ceremonial Bata drumming as it is performed in Cuba and the Caribbean, coupled with a deep love for flamenco music gave birth to Lost World.Begun in collaboration with Puerto Rican percussionist Ricardo Isaac, the project is an exploration of world rhythms, from the intricate percussion traditions that started in Africa and have made their way to the Caribbean and South America, to the Indo/European streams that have fertilized the gypsy and flamenco traditions and on to Indian, Celtic and Aboriginal groove elements. Added to this is a mix of contemporary jazz, classical, rock and folkloric influences.
Joining him as the core of this joyous effort is Venezuelan drummer Aaron Serfaty, Mexican-American bassist Rene Camacho and guest artists Gonzalo Rubalcaba, the Cuban jazz pianist, jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney and Alex AcuÒa, Peruvian drummer/percussionist. Also performing is the Spanish flamenco dancer Yolanda Arroyo, who lends her voice, hands and feet to the project, Lazaro Gallaraga, Cuban percussionist, singer and original member of the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, Pedro Eustache, Venezuelan wind multi-instumentalist, Grammy nominated Cuban choir Raices Habaneras, Palestinian vocalist and mawal expert Woroud Antabil, Indian Vocalist and Carnatic music specialist Geetha Ramanathan, and Charlie Bisharat, Arab-American classical and world music violinist – among others.
Reyes has performed in Europe, Brazil, Mexico and Africa and has played in the groups of legendary jazz drummer Chico Hamilton and flautist Dave Valentin. He has also recorded and performed with with Kenny Kirkland, Harvey Swartz, Luis Conte, Jorge Dalto, Claudio Roditi, Lonette McKee, Blossom Dearie and many others. He is a native of the San Francisco Bay area and a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Although he has now developed a style of flamenco guitar that merges with his Afro/Cuban/Brazilian approach, he continues to study traditional flamenco with masters in Spain.
He is a composer of music for the theatre having recently had a world premiere of Dorian Gray, his musical theatre adaptation of Oscar Wildeís classic novella. Other original music theatre scores include Esperanza and The Circus of Dr. Lao. He also writes film music, from the underscore to the classic David Lynch film, Blue Velvet, to 90’s era features Shell Shock, The Chair and The Fires Within, to contemporary films, the latest of which are Myronís Movie and The Painting, both soon to be released.
Reyes is a partner in and composer at Schtung Music, an international music company based in Santa Monica, CA.