Reynaldo Soriano is a freelance musician, teacher, and consultant
in New York City. His career spans film music, Broadway artists, singer-songwriters, orchestras, and classical, contemporary, jazz, and rock.
Rey has performed internationally as a soloist in France and as Principal
Percussionist/Timpanist at the Rome International Festival.
Rey performs and records with local NYC artists and organizations, including The SymphoNYChorus, Carissa Blu, and Gallant Entertainment, Inc.
Notable venues and events include Superbowl XLVIII, Madison Square Garden, Webster Hall, Metlife Stadium, NYU Skirball Center, Radio City Music Hall, Player's Theater, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Joe's Pub, and 54 Below. Television work includes Amazon Prime, ESPN, VH1, and NBC on the 2013 finals of America's Got Talent.
Rey teaches drums and percussion to the youth at UpBeat NYC. He received his master's degree from New York University.
CURRENTLY: Rey is a performer with Gallant Entertainment, Inc. and plays with the Aviator Drumline (NY Jets), New York Sticks (NY Knicks), and The G Line (NY Giants) at MetLife Stadium, IZOD Center, and Madison Square Garden. Most recently, GEI represented the NFL's Superbowl Drumline, the first time the NFL branded a drumline as their own. The company also had the special pleasure of performing with Alicia Keys' track New Day at MSG with the Knicks City Dancers.
Rey is a drummer and percussionist with gospel choir The SymphoNYChorus, directed by Henric Ideström. TSC went on tour to Chicago and recorded Classics in 2012. Rey also plays drums at his church Metro Hope Church and with John Austria's bossa nova band Mambola.
BROADWAY & MUSICAL THEATRE: Rey recently played in NYU Steinhardt's production of See What I Wanna See - Caleb Hoyer, music director. Additional projects with Mr. Hoyer include Once Upon a Time in New York City 1 (press / video) and Once Upon a Time in New York City 2 (press / video) - created by Caleb Hoyer and Jennifer Ashley Tepper - and If It Only Even Runs A Minute 8 (website / video), an award-winning concert series celebrating rare songs, behind-the-scenes tales, and inspiring photos from under-appreciated Broadway musicals - created by Caleb Hoyer, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, and Kevin Michael Murphy. The concerts have starred Krysta Rodriguez (First Date, NBC's Smash), Claybourne Elder (Bonnie and Clyde), Jeremy Jordan (Newsies the Musical, Bonnie and Clyde), Ashley Spencer (Rock of Ages), Julia Mattison (Godspell), Tom Hewitt (Dracula, the Musical), Melanie Field (Evita, Wicked) and other past and present Broadway stars.
DANCE: Rey co-composed Dueling Rhythms (2011), a duet for cajon and tap dancer, for the Band of Gypsies 2 showcase of music and dance, created by Katrina Philip. Dancer and choreographer Shelby Kaufman and Rey performed the piece at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, the Joffrey Ballet School, and the Peridance Capezio Center for the Djoniba Dance Center Spring Showcase.
NEW / CONTEMPORARY MUSIC: In 2010, Rey premiered his arrangement of Bela Bartok's 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6 (1908) for 5-octave marimba, 4-octave vibraphone, and bells with percussionist Tsai Tai-Jung. Rey played on "SeraSymphony: The 20th Anniversary Orchestral Fan Tribute to the Music of Sailor Moon", arranged by Bobbie Lee Crow III (video) and on Guggenheim Fellowship Award-winner Kenny Werner's album called No Beginning, No End (video).
Reynaldo performed Luciano Berio's Linea, per duo pianoforti, vibrofono e marimba (1973) with Sugar Vendil, Paul Morin, Montgomery Hatch in 2010, as well as his arrangement of the final movement of Jeffrey Cotton's Meditation, Rhapsody, and Bacchannal for drumset and violin, played by Patti Kilroy. In 2009, Rey performed the world premiere of Gustavo Agular's Not Knowing the Cart Got in Front at Borden Hall - Manhattan School of Music with the Manhattan Percussion Project.
DRUMS: Rey was a member of progressive rock band (the) Ecstatic - Tim Reese, bass/keys, Gethin Amoss, vocals/guitar, and Joee Hankins, guitar. Alternative, post-rock, and Welsh folk, their music is described as "rich, dusky", and "arrestingly new". The band's EP album gung ho (available on iTunes) was released in 2009. Rey has also recorded on Angela Wang's album Love is (2011) and Zimmerman's This Missing Peace (2009).
PAST / EDUCATION: Rey attended the Kneebody Intensive Seminar in 2009 and studied with drummer Nate Wood and trumpeter Shane Endsley. Before moving to New York in 2008, Rey performed with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Barry Jekowsky, TOCCATA in Lake Tahoe, and the Lake Tahoe Music Festival. He received a scholarship to attend the Aspen Music Festival in 2008 where he studied with Jonathan Haas (American Symphony Orchestra), Ben Herman, Dave Herbert (San Francisco Symphony), Doug Howard (Dallas Symphony), and Paul Yancich (Cleveland Symphony) and then attended New York University and studied with Jonathan Haas, Simon Boyar, and Jim Saporito.
Reynaldo played marimba and vibraphone in the Sacramento Freelancers indoor drumline in 2004 and marched snare drum with the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets in 2003. Rey's primary instructors include Orlando "Paco" Santos, Anthony Parrulli of the Blue Man Group, and Andrew Heglund, D.M.A. of the University of Nevada Reno. Rey studied world music and hand drumming with Cody Remaklus, Javier Diaz, and Michael Spiro, and orchestral percussion with Raymond Froelich and James Lee "Trey" Wyatt of the San Francisco Symphony.
AFFLIATIONS: Rey has worked with Bronx Opera Company, Parkside Players, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Litha Symphony Orchestra, Chelsea Symphony, Rome International Festival Orchestra, Broadway Bach Ensemble, One World Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Astoria Symphony, New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, New York Repertory Orchestra, Richmond County Orchestra, Jubilee Symphony Orchestra, Empire State Sinfonia, Greenwich Village Orchestra, Garden State Philharmonic, Symphony of Dreams, New York Youth Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Aspen Sinfonia Orchestra, Aspen Opera Theatre Company, New York University Symphony Orchestra, Reno Wind Symphony, Ruby Mountain Symphony, Andean Explorers Foundation Orchestra, University of Nevada Reno Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Orchestra, Reno Municipal Band, Reno Pops Orchestra, Carson City Symphony, Lake Tahoe Music Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Nevada Repertory Company, Hickman Brass, Bella Voce Women's Choir, New York University Steel Drum Ensemble, and Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic. Rey taught music lessons at Carpenter's Music Academy for five years, taught marching percussion at Reed High School, Reno High School, McQueen High School, North Valleys High School, Sparks High School, and concert percussion at Swope Middle School in Reno, NV. Currently, he teaches with UpBeat NYC in the South Bronx.
Reynaldo Soriano was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. He received his Master of Music in classical percussion from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in music performance from the University of Nevada Reno.