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Randy Raine-Reusch is a composer, concert-artist and improvisor specializing in New and Experimental Music for world instruments. An innovator interested in extending the boundaries of music, he has created distinct new performance styles on a number of instruments from his collection of 1000. His performances often include a number of rare endangered instruments from remote parts of the world.
Raine-Reusch has spent over fifty years exploring the relationship of music to psychology, philosophy, and spiritual practices. He studied at the Creative Music Studio with Fred Rzewski, Jack Dejohnette and Karl Berger, before going overseas to study with master musicians in Australia, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma and the Philippines, as well as with "National Treasures" in Korea and Japan. As a result his music now contains clear influences from a variety of indigenous cultures and is heavily influenced by Taoism and Zen.
A two-time Juno award nominee, Raine-Reusch strives for a balance of virtuosity, innovation, and a contemplative depth of spirit, while retaining the essence of his instruments. He has performed and/or recorded with the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra; Aerosmith; Yes; The Cranberries; Ellen MacIlwaine; Henry Kaiser; Hun Huur Tu; Wu Man; Mei Han; David Lindley; Pauline Oliveros; Stuart Dempster; Joe McPhee; Jon Gibson; members of Gong, Hawkwind, and Soft Machine; Barry Guy; Robert Dick; Frank Gratkowski; Mats Gustafsson; Liu Yuening; Sainkho Namtchylak; Jin Hi Kim; and Issui Minegishi the Japanese Iemoto / Hereditary Grand Master of Seikyodo Ichigenkin. In addition to his concert tours to major international festivals and concert stages around the world, Raine-Reusch has been featured in five documentary films on music, and on a wide variety of national and international radio and TV broadcasts, including the famed American PBS “Prairie Home Companion."
As a composer, Raine-Reusch has a distinctive voice, whether creating simple folk melodies or extremely experimental works that challenge both the audience and performers. He has premiered works ranging from large-scale site-specific extravaganzas, electro-acoustic, or realtime interactive computer works, to intimate chamber pieces for film, dance, and theatre.
A multi-faceted artist, Raine-Reusch was a founder of the Rainforest World Music Festival (voted as one of the top 10 fests in the world) in Sarawak, Malaysia, and served as the Artistic Director for 7 years. He has been the Artistic Director of the Borneo Jazz Fest, a consultant for the Korean government, and the consultant for Cirque du Soleil's Quidam. He has been a producer on numerous CDs and CD ROMs on Canadian and international labels. As a mentor he has launched the careers of numerous international and Grammy award-winning artists. He has been a guest lecturer in the fields of composition, performance, ethnomusicology, and psychology at prominent universities and conferences worldwide. He was a contributing editor for Musicworks Magazine and published Play the World: 101 World Instrument Primer with Mel Bay Publications. As an organologist, Raine-Reusch has taught at Kenyon College in Ohio, been a consultant for the Stearn’s Collection at the University of Michigan, a consultant for The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, and the Director of Acquisitions for the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Raine-Reusch is a founding Board Member of the Museum of World Music, a past Board Member of the Canadian New Music Network, a member of the Canadian League of Composers, an Affiliate of the Canadian Music Centre, and the Executive Director of the Red Chamber Cultural Society.
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Randy worked with the Sarawak Tourist Board to create the Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, and to create, produce and present a concert of traditional Sarawakian music and dance at the World of Music Exposition (WOMEX) in Marseilles, France in 1997. He also worked as a consultant on Cirque du Soleil's production "Quidam", DNA Multimedia's CD-ROM "The Silk Road", and for numerous Government agencies in Canada and Asia. He worked with Korea Arts Management to assist major Korean artists to develop international tours.