Ideas, Not Theories & its Bicycle Orchestra

Reynaliz Herrera

"Ideas, Not Theories & its Bicycle Orchestra" by Reynaliz Herrera presents a larger scale adaptation of the original bicycle music featured in Reynaliz's theatrical percussion show "Ideas, Not Theories". The performance will feature 8 percussionists drumming on 6 bicycles used as musical instruments, the music will be linked together through interactive physical theatre, comedy and original characters making the performance a unique, quirky and creative experience. Expect to see and hear colorful bicycles reflecting the vibrant bicycle culture that Boston has, bringing to life this object commonly seen around the same alleys and streets, but now, seen and heard in a totally different way.


Reynaliz Herrera is a professional musician, percussionist, composer and educator based in Boston but originally from Mexico where she started music at the ESMD.

Reynaliz has performed in different countries such as Mexico, US, Canada, Cuba, Spain, Germany and Italy, where she has collaborated with renowned ensembles and artists like The National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada, The Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, Dance Group: Danza Contemporanea en Concierto, The Boston Opera Collaborative, band Muy Cansado, Bob Becker, Evelyn Glennie, Pinchas Zukerman, Marcus Santos, Ian Bernard, Maria Finkelmeier, Peter Sadlo, Giselle Ty and Noel Savon. She has also been marimba and percussion soloist several times with The National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada.

Reynaliz is currently the director, composer and performer of her theatrical percussion show “Ideas, Not Theories” where she combines music for unconventional instruments like bicycles (among others) and physical theatre, and which she has recently presented in venues and festivals such as The New York International Fringe Festival 2015, The NYU/KoSA/HLAG Day of Percussion NY 2016, The Outside The Box Festival 2016, ArtBeat 2017, World Maker Faire NY 2017 and Boston Maker Faire, The Boston Children’s Museum, The Brooklyn Children’s Museum and The Community Music Center of Boston. Other appearances in her career include: SXSW, ILLUMINUS 2015, The Peabody Essex Museum, The Science Museum, and The National Arts Center of Canada. 

Reynaliz holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Ottawa and a Master of Music from The Boston Conservatory. Reynaliz has also received international awards and won competitions such as The National Youth Award (Mexico), The State Youth Award (Mexico) The Festival Percuba´s International Percussion Competition in Cuba, The National Arts Center of Canada´s Bursary Competition, and the MTV Latinamerica “agent of change award”. 


Reynaliz Herrera, Robert McCarthy, Nicholas Samuel, Joanna Chen- Gerson De la Rosa, Ismael Sandoval-Samuel Hardy, Carla Balzano