Mexican musician Jorge Reyes died of a heart attack on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at his recording studio. Jorge Reyes was 57.
Jorge Reyes combined traditional Mexican instrumentation with new technology. He released over twenty recordings and collaborated with Steve Roach and others.
The above video captures Reyes performing for the Day of the Dead.
via Steve Roach:
On the Passing of Jorge Reyes:
The essence of Jorge’s visionary courage to reach far and deep into the realm of ancestral memories will live on through his amazing work. We met within a landscape of beautiful and extreme conditions during a new music festival on the Spanish island of Lanzarote in the early 90s’, occurring the same week the Gulf War started. Along with Suso Saiz we became fast friends with simpatico spirits. This set the tone for a real adventure that continued across three continents and a series of releases and concerts that are high points in in my life.
The friendship, the music and creative conditions were always filled with passion, laughter and a fire that burned from a place we had no choice but to answer to. In working and hanging with Jorge, there was always a sense of stepping off the edge into a kind alluring and dangerous zone that always was supported by an unspoken trust of some primal state he had direct access to. I learned a great deal from Jorge; it was truly an honor to share the peaks and the relaxed moments. I have many great memories where we would find our way back from the edge after these long recordings or live sessions, hearing the results while sipping a fine Tequila with the sounds of our recent journey playing, then calling us back out once more. “Gone From Here”, the closing track on Vine ~ Bark & Spore was the last track we created together. I need to hear that now.
Steve Roach, 2 – 9 – 09
From John Dilberto of Echoes:
I was saddened by the news of Jorge Reyes’s passing. He performed live on Echoes with Suspended Memories and solo, and we interviewed him a couple of times. I’ve posted a tribute to Jorge, along with links to the audio of the interview on the Echoes Blog.