El Caballero percussionist Ruben de Ruiter has played with well-known and unknown artists, bands and orchestras at festivals and venues in the Netherlands and abroad. He also played in musical and theater productions, in television and radio programs and made recordings in his home studio and other sound studios.
In 2022, several songs were released for which Ruben provided the percussion tracks in his home studio.
Post-corona, Ruben is fortunate to be able to resume his work as a session musician in various live settings.
Ruben recently recorded all the percussion for the latest album of the nine-piece afrobeat powerhouse Zitakula from Amsterdam. This album will be released in the first half of 2023. Ruben toured a number of festival summers with this great band pre-corona.
In 2020 Ruben played the percussion parts on the soundtrack of the short movie about the impact of the corona pandemic in New York: 'New York 2020', with the great John Patitucci on double bass.
At Disney's The Lion King, percussion is elementary. Ruben played percussion in this musical at the Circustheater in Scheveningen until the end of July 2019.
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5 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Ruben de Ruiter
Ruben de Ruiter is astounding at following already recorded tracks not played to a click, making rhythmic sense out of varying speeds, etc. Plus, the details he brings out with his conga and bongo playing is superb. A true artist.
Ruben combined congas, quinto & shekere to create a rhythmic bed for my arrangement of Chick Corea's "Sorceress", a very tricky tune with many layers. His hand work was perfect for the track. Again, excellent work!
Ruben provided numerous backing tracks, playing conga, caxixi, cow bell, ride cymbals and kick drum to a difficult arrangement of Giant Steps, recorded in multiple meters with no click track. I applaud him for his patience, fortitude, & musical talent He came up with many textures to make the track extra special. We communicated well. His sounds are clean & proficient, steady & creative. He also provided rolls & hits so I could fill, change were needed. I hope to work with him again!
Ruben's percussion tracks were spot-on exactly what our song needed, very inspired playing, and sonically captured perfectly. Ruben was a pleasure to work with, highly recommended!
Delivered a great Djembe solo