He is currently promoting his first EP “La Ranchuleria” (A flamenco homage to the great mexican composers), with his band "Miguel Reyes Quartet & Sextet" (Flamenco Jazz & World Music). And as well his second book: “Flamenco tools for beginners”, which includes the self-production and recording for his second DVD.
Miguel Reyes JIMÉNEZ as a director has presented his own shows at the Mexican embassy in Spain, the festival of music around the world PLANETAMADRID (San Isidro 2013, Las Vistillas), Fiestas del Carmen 2012 and in the following cultural centers: Príncipe de Asturias, Antonio Machado, La Elipa, Santa Petronila, Rafael de León, Fernando Lázaro Carrete. And as well in concert stages like La Escalera de Jacob, Espacio Ronda, Off de la Latina, Café Berlín, these shows have served as re-inforcement, so as to not interrput his constant creative activities, where Miguel Reyes (with his own Sextet) makes transcriptions, arrangements and even remixing themes of Coltrane, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, or classical composers such as Maurice Ravel.
Miguel Reyes JIMÉNEZ, musician: Percussions and drums
Artistic name, Miguelito Rey.
He begins his musical formation at the Music Conservatory of the State of México specializing in percussion and jazz (1993-1998). At the end of 2000 he travels to Habana (Cuba) to realize studies in Latin jazz and percussion. There his passion for flamenco is born, discovering the “palos” (flamenco rhythms), making him to make a very deep analysis towards them.
At the end of 2001, he goes to Madrid (Spain), to perfect his studies in the mythical Amor de Dios flamenco Center. It’s there where he installs and works with important figures of flamenco like Sara Lesana, Talegón de Córdoba, JJ Chaleco, Miriam Méndez y Oscar Herrero.
From 2004 to 2006 he’s awarded a scholarship from Fundación Conservatorio Casa Patas (being the only instrumentalist to have such honor). From 2005 to 2007 he’s an intern en the Sociedad de Artista o Ejecutantes de España (AIE) to realize studies in big band drums, and jazz combos at Escuela Popular de Música.
In Spain, he’s studied under Manuel y Antonio Reyes (Bailaores/Flamenco Dancer’s), Guillermo García “Guille”, Carlos Carli, Juanma Barroso. In México: Eugenio Toussaint, Antonio Sánchez, Octavio Cervantes, Pedro Galindo, Amador Losada, Pape Ndiaye. Cuba: Ramsés Baralt and Inor Sotolongo.
Musically, he’s grown in the most emblematic venues of Madrid such as Sala Galileo Galilei, Sala Clamores, Sala Caracol, among others. As a drummer and percussionist he’s played in groups as Amistades Peligrosas, El Norte, Maracatú FM, Entre Coche y Andén, Fulano, “De Cobre”, among others.
He’s been a percussion teacher in different music schools and academies in Madrid such as Centro de Danza y Arte Flamenco Amor de Dios, Fundación Conservatorio Casa Patas and other centers throughout Madrid.
In 2009 (years after starting to write), he edits his first book and DVD: Flamenco manual for cajón (Flamenco Tools I) edited by Acordes Concert, receiving great reviews by the specialized press, even being recommended by the junta of Andalucía.
He’s played the most important theaters through Spain and the world. As a professional musician, he’s traveled to numerous countries such as Peru, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, Cuba, etc). Representing in 2010 the Spanish delegation in the International Expo of Shangai.
As Drummer has been musician of groups like: Amistades Peligrosas, El Norte, Maracatú FM, Entre Coche y Andén, Fulano (Elsten Torres). It has also been presented in the most important theaters and halls in Spain and the World (Peru , Germany , France , Italy , Portugal, Sweden , Turkey , Tunisia, Cuba , etc.).
As a teacher has taught in Amor de Dios and various cultural centers for the Community of Madrid.
In Spain he’s played very important theaters, such as Teatro Calderón (Madrid), Teatro Monumental (Madrid), Teatro Nacional de Cataluña (Barcelona), Euskalduna (Vizcaya), Teatro “Lope de Vega” (Sevilla), Gran Teatro de Córdoba, Teatro Calderón de Valladolid, Teatro de Madrid, Teatro “Lope de Ayala” (Badajoz), Teatro Pérez Galdos de las Palmas de Gran Canaria, teatro Cervantes (Málaga), teatro del Arenal (Madrid).