El Caballero percussionist Ruben de Ruiter played in recent years with well-known and unknown artists and with 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 in his home studio and other sound studios.
To be ready for the post-coronavirus festival season, Ruben has joined the new soul formation Vintage Dutch. The band's first album ‘In my own voice’ was released in October 2021 on the Amsterdam based Concerto Records label. The album has been very well received.
Ruben is currently recording all percussion for the last album of nine-person afrobeat powerhouse Zitakula from Amsterdam. This album will be released mid 2022. Pre-corona Ruben toured a few festival-summers with this amazing band.
In 2020 Ruben played the percussion parts on the soundtrack of the short movie 'New York 2020' (find it on Vimeo!), with John Patitucci, Tom Beek, Mark Schenk and Frits de Beer.
At Disney's The Lion King, percussion is elemental. At the Circustheater in Scheveningen, Ruben supported this attraction until the end of July 2019.
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4 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Ruben de Ruiter
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