Erik Larrea is a Spanish/Luxembourgish drummer, percussionist and music educator.
Erik started to play drums and percussion at the age of seven, beginning his musical studies in Classical percussion and music theory, at the École de Musique de la Ville d’Echternach, in Luxembourg. In addition, he decided to study drum set, Jazz vibraphone and Latin-American percussion. At the age of eighteen, Erik continued his music studies at Codarts, Conservatory of Rotterdam, in The Netherlands, specialising in Latin-American percussion, drum set and Flamenco cajón. At Codarts, he completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, graduating with ‘Cum Laude’ honors in both.
From 2017 to 2019, Erik worked as a music teacher at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music, in Guangzhou, China, with the task of creating and coordinating a World music department at the conservatory. Besides teaching drums and percussion, he also gave diverse lectures and workshops related to Latin American music, as well as other World Music topics. In China, Erik has performed with musicians such as vibraphonist Benoit Stasiaczyk, pianist Franz von Chossy, pianist Deng Yameng (邓亚蒙), bassist Yu Xiaosi (于小四) and singer Mandy Chan (陈小满), among others.
In 2016, Erik acted as Project Executive of the ‘Xinghai-Codarts World Music Week’ in Guangzhou, China.
Since his arrival back to Europe, Erik is performing regularly with several bands and projects in the Luxembourgish and Dutch music scenes, mainly in the Latin- and Afro American music area, but also in Flamenco, Pop, Jazz, Cross-overs and more. As a drummer and percussionist, he has shared the stage with international musicians and ensembles such as, pianist Carlos Matos and percussionist Nils Fischer with CaboCubaJazz, pianist Carlos Cippelletti with HYBRID/C, the Ilu Egbe Afro Cuban folklore ensemble, Acción con Clave, Francisco Peña y La Banda, singer Alberto Caicedo, drummer Lucas van Merwijk and others.
He is the founder of Nueve Rayos Salsa band, co-founder of Kikun Osupa Batá trio and founding member of Apacay quintet.
Recently, Erik has co-founded Dafa, a cross-over trio experimenting with Balkan, Middle-eastern and Jazz music.