This Boston percussionist keeps the rhythm on his bike
Think “Stomp” with bikes.
This is the sonic ambience of the performances of Boston bicycle percussionist, Reynaliz Herrera.
“I usually use all kinds of bikes – mountain bikes or big hybrid bikes for lower tones, road bikes for higher tones,” explained Herrera, who has been cycling music for 9 years. , since she won it. master’s degree in percussion from the Boston Conservatory (now known as the Boston Conservatory at Berklee).
that of the composer unique brand of theatrical percussion will be presented during Harvard Science and Culture Museums free virtual Celebration of World Cycling Day Sunday from noon to 1:15 p.m. In theory, you’ll be blown away for the bike at 1:16 p.m. – and after listening to Herrera, you might just feel like drumming on your handlebars.
Viewers will specifically catch Herrera “Using a Road Bike I got secondhand” for an original solo piece titled “Ideas, Not Theories – Bicycle Beats”. She will also perform an excerpt from her full program where she performs four different musical pieces on three different bikes on a split screen.
Born in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1984, Herrera has lived in Boston for the past ten years. After graduation, she was considering playing in the streets, but percussion instruments are heavy.
“So one night I thought: what if I drummed on my bike? I was very excited about the idea and after playing a few times I started to write complete pieces for the bikes and then complete programs using the bikes as instruments.
Herrera eventually founded Ideas, not theories, his theatrical percussion company featuring a rotating group of performers who play his original music for bikes and other unconventional instruments. The music itself could come from “the tubes of the frame, the chainring, the wheels, the seat, the spokes, the handlebars,” Herrera explained. His composing process begins with exploring and cataloging the particular sound of each bike.
In addition to pedal music, Sunday’s event programming includes lessons in basic bike maintenance – from changing a tire to repairing your chain – bike safety tips from MassBike and l learning about urban cycle paths.
the United Nations World Bike Day was officially June 3. Harvard Science and Culture Museums have moved their celebration to weekends to make the program more accessible, said Susan Thompson, director of institutional advancement at HMSC. The idea is to “celebrate the power of the bicycle to help protect the natural world we share with museum visitors,” said Thompson. “Afterwards, we hope our audience will hop on their bikes for an afternoon ride.”
CELEBRATION OF WORLD BIKE DAY
Sunday, 12 p.m. – 1.15 p.m. Register on hmsc.harvard.edu/event/world-bicycle-day-celebration. Reynaliz Herrera will perform again on June 18 in Somerville. Learn more about ideasnottheories.com.