-In constant search for the bridge that connects reality and fiction-
Carnegie Hall Cultural Exchange Program - ft. Miguel Zenón
Itzel Salinas Reyna was born and raised in Mexico City. Music and jazz came into her life thanks to the influence and the large music collection of her brother, Mexican artist -Santiago Itzcóatl. She started her musical studies at the age of 16, influenced by the sound of John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, among others. A year after starting her musical studies she was invited to be part of Carnegie Hall's Cultural Exchange Program, ft. saxophonist Miguel Zenón as an artist-in-residence. This particular experience influenced her the most to pursue a professional music career.
In 2011, she enters to the National School of Music in Mexico where she studied classical saxophone and free improvisation for 3 years under the tutelage of Octavio Yñigo and Remi Álvarez. In 2012, she won the 3rd place at the V Panamerican Jazz Competition. In 2014, she attended the first Berklee Latino Program in Mexico City in which she won a full scholarship to attend the Berklee Five-Week Program in Boston. During that time she was able to meet and study with Berklee professors Fernando Michelin and Oscar Stagnaro.
First Berklee Latino Program 2014
- Javier Limón & Itzel Reyna
Latin GRAMMY Scholarship 2015 - Manolo Díaz, Itzel Reyna & Enrique Iglesias
In 2015, Itzel Salinas Reyna became the recipient of the first Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Prodigy Scholarship presented by pop artist Enrique Iglesias. Salinas-Reyna was chosen by the Foundation's Scholarship Committee, and unanimously decided to grant her the $200,000 scholarship to further her music education at Berklee College of Music. That same year, she was able to perform as a side-man of trumpet player Dave Douglas, taking the place of Joe Lovano at the Mexican historic theater "Teatro Degollado" as part of the 2015 Jalisco Jazz Festival.
Itzel Reyna is currently studying full time at Berklee College of Music pursuing a dual major in Performance and Jazz Composition. Right now she has the honor of studying with George Garzone, Ed Tomassi, Neal Smith, Kenny Werner, among others. She is also working on new music for the release of her first album as a leader.
In Itzel's words: "Ever since I left Mexico City and moved to the USA I've been in constant search of my musical identity. With this album I'm presenting a musical approximation of my deepest thoughts about life."
+Other influences: films, poetry, science fiction, astrophysics, short-stories, buddhism, linguistics, photography, etc ..."