Tokyo-native Arei Sekiguchi took up drums after early studies in classical piano and marimba. His first exposure to international performance came through tours of the U.S. and Europe with Up With People at the age of 18. Later he moved to NYC to further study music. He received a BFA from the New School University under the guidance of jazz Legends such as Bobby Sanabria, Chico Hamilton, Reggie Workman, and Charles Tolliver. He has also studied privately with some of the most sought after drummers in the world: Michael Carvin, Jorge Alabe and Antonio Sanchez. He has performed at various festivals and venues all over the United States including River to the River Festival (NYC), New York Anime Festival, Whitney Museum, and the National Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Arei has recorded for labels such as Sony Japan, and Clean Feed(Portugal). Besides performing and touring, he actively teaches in Schools as well as privately throughout New York City. He has also been a regular accompanist for the Afro-Brazilian Dance Class (led by Quenia Ribeiro) at Alvin Ailey for the last five years.