Rafael Reina was born in 1961 in Equatorial Guinea. At the age of seven he
moved to Madrid where he later studied bass guitar. In 1984 he left to Boston
to study composition at the Berklee College of Music. Then he studied with
Mauricio Kagel, Johannes Fritsch and J.L. de Delás in Cologne. Since 1992 he
travels regularly to Bangalore, India, to explore the theory of Carnatic
(South-Indian) music with Jahnavi Jayaprakash and N.G. Ravi. In 1993 he settled
himself in Amsterdam where he became lecturer at the Sweelinck Conservatory in
1995. He developed a four-year programme based on Carnatic music theory
with applications to Western contemporary music and jazz.
Reina leads the study Contemporary Music through Non-Western Techniques at the Sweelinck Conservatory.