Reviews Of Ray's MUSIC
In concert with David Hirschfelder
"Pereira played the role of rhythmic guardian angel. His magical hands gliding over the rhythms of five continents with graceful distinction"
"Ray has been instrumental in establishing the foundation for West African percussion in Australia and played a pioneering role in introducing African rhythms to the wider community through live performances and running workshops around the country."
Presenter and producer of Flight 1067 to Africa on PBS
"I have chosen to use Ray on a variety of projects because he is a great one for being able to interpret what I am trying to communicate in simple non technical terms.
He is always ready to suggest interesting musical scenarios and diversions which is one of the things that makes him an exciting musician to work with. There is something both sympathetic to traditional music and excitingly experimental about his playing that I find invigorating.
His extensive knowledge of traditional instrumentation and music, and willingness to share this on an artistic and personal level is one of the things that makes doing a session with him something to look forward to on any project."
Composer, Singer Songwriter – Weddings Parties Anything
In concert with Kate Ceberano
"The highlight of the night was a solo by percussionist extraordinaire Ray Pereira."
Review of The Calling with Adam Simmons
"In the opening piece, The Calling, Ray Pereira (djembe, conga, dundun) and Kanchana Karuntaratna (gata bera, thammattama) provide a virtuosic spectacle that varies in tempo and intensity, competition and congruence.
These two musicians who form The Afro-Lankan Drumming System are serious and exuberant as they converse via their instruments, displaying lightness and rapidity, dexterity and finesse. It is hard not to be mesmerised."
Aust Jazz Blog
"Ray’s workshops are a pleasure, a very skilled musician and able to work on all levels of people's ability, a fantastic, fun day for my choirs and Drum groups."
Vocal Coach – Sweet Mona’s Choir
"Thanks again for another outstanding workshop. The students were buzzing afterwards – it was a great way to start off the tour. I look forward to the next tour, where we hope we can book you again."
Jason Bancroft Drama
Co-coordinator Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, WA
Pereira’s exuberant playing transforms straightforward themes and harmonies into alpha-wave-inducing experiences, especially when he duets with fellow 'Afro Lankan' (their term) drummer Kanchana Karunaratna on 'Anthony Blaise'."