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.
During this time, Erik was regularly performing with several bands and projects in the Dutch music scene, mainly active in the Latin- and Afro-American music sector, but also in Flamenco, Jazz and Pop, as well as several cross-over projects. He is the founder of the Nueve Rayos Salsa band, co-founder of the Kikun Osupa Batá trio and founding member of the Apacay quintet.
In 2016, Erik acted as Project Executive of the ‘Xinghai-Codarts World Music Week’ in Guangzhou, China. Besides organising the event, he performed several concerts and taught numerous lectures and workshops.
Since August 2017, Erik has moved to Guangzhou, China, to work as a teacher at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music, with the task of creating a Latin music department at the conservatory.