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 world instruments from his collection of 700.
Raine-Reusch has spent over thirty years exploring the relationship of music to psychology, philosophy, and spiritual or religious practices. He studied at the Creative Music Studio in the 70's with artists such as 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.
In his performances Raine-Reusch strives for a balance of virtuosity, innovation, and a contemplative depth of spirit, while retaining the essence of his instruments. His unique voice has led him to perform and/or record with the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, Aerosmith, Yes, The Cranberries, Ellen MacIlwaine, David Lindley, Wu Man, Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, Jon Gibson, Barry Guy, Robert Dick, Frank Gratkowski, Mats Gustafsson, Sainkho Namtchylak, Jin Hi Kim, and Issui Minegishi the Japanese Iemoto / Hereditary Grand Master of Seikyodo Ichigenkin. As a solo artist, with his world beat ensemble ASZA, or with Chinese zheng virtuoso Mei Han, Raine-Reusch has performed at two WOMAD festivals, three World Expos, and on tours to Australia, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, South Africa, China, India, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. A two-time Juno award nominee, Raine-Reusch has performed on national and international broadcasts in China, Australia, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Canada and the United States, including the famed American PBS “Prairie Home Companion,” and has appeared in five documentary films on music.
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-acoustics, or realtime interactive computer works, to intimate chamber pieces for film, dance, and theatre in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, and Spain, including three World Expos and numerous computer music conferences.
Raine-Reusch was a consultant/founder of the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak, Malaysia; the consultant for Cirque du Soleil's Quidam; and the artist director of a number of other festivals and large-scale events. Raine-Reusch was a consultant and Director of Acquisitions for the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix Arizona, and a consultant for the Stearn's Collection of Musical instruments at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has acted as producer on numerous CDs and CD ROMs on Canadian and international labels. He is a contributing editor for Musicworks Magazine and has recently written Play the World: 101 World Instrument Primer for Mel Bay Publications. He has been a guest lecturer in the fields of composition, performance, ethnomusicology, and psychology at prominent universities and conferences worldwide. 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, and an Affiliate of the Canadian Music Centre.
From 2008-2011, Raine-Reusch returned to Borneo as the Artistic Director and Consultant for the Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching, and Borneo Jazz (Miri International Jazz Festival) in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia. He has since stepped back from this position, and has been doing consulting and artist mentoring in Korea and Vanuatu.
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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.