Ideas, Not Theories & its Bicycle Orchestra

Reynaliz Herrera



Performance Times:

- (6.10pm to 6.30pm) PERFORMANCE at CVS Plaza  (55 Summer St)

- (7.10pm  to 7.35pm) PERFORMANCE at Milk and Washington St

- (8.35pm to 9pm) PERFORMANCE at Walgreens Plaza

- (9.50pm to 10.15pm) PERFORMANCE at Summer st near Macy's and Downtown Crossing T stop.

- (10.35pm to 10.50pm) PERFORMANCE at Spring Lane

(Performance times are the same on Friday and Saturday)


- Ismael Sandoval: Ismael Sandoval is a Mexican-American conductor currently based out of Boston. His musical philosophy is to try to engage as many people as possible in music and this philosophy has led to the creation of ensembles and involvement with organizations across the east coast. Ismael’s most recent venture, “The Vertex Ensemble,” is indicative of his passion for promoting new music.

-Samuel Hardy: Samuel Hardy is a percussionist originally from New Jersey but now based in Boston where he is a percussion major at The Boston Conservatory.

-Carla Balzano
Make up artist

"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.

About the artist

Reynaliz Herrera
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 (Director/Composer/Performer) (See full Bio above).

- Robert McCarthy: Rob McCarthy is a percussionist, actor, and music educator from Boston MA. He received his M.M.Ed from the Boston Conservatory. He has been part of the rotating cast of "Ideas, Not Theories" since 2015 and is currently training with Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield MA.

- Nicholas Samuel: Nicholas Samuel is a freelance percussionist based out of Boston. He specializes in contemporary music and also has experience performing music in a variety of styles, including orchestral music, jazz, and salsa. He currently studies at Boston University under Samuel Solomon.

- Joanna Chen: Joanna Chen (b. 1995) is a marimba and percussion performer based in Boston, with roots in Southern California. She is currently finishing her undergraduate studies at the Boston Conservatory, primarily under the tutelage of Kyle Brightwell. In addition to her percussion studies, she enjoys playing piano and arranging works to expand repertoire for the marimba.

- Gerson De la Rosa: Gerson De La Rosa is a current percussion student at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Native from Puerto Rico and transferred from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico where he attended for two years. Gerson has won musical achievement awards in Puerto Rico.

- James Taylor:
Boston based guitarist