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Ernesto Marichales

Percussionist/ Drummer/ Producer/Remote Recording



Born into a Venezuelan family with a musical heritage, grew up among musicians and artists, Ernesto has been playing percussion since the age of 8 and touring professionally with his family since he was 10. In Venezuela had The opportunity to work with important folk and latin music Icons. Since a very young age showed Interest for the Caribbean rhythmic world and percussion Instruments, his journey started when Tata Guerra, a cuban percussionist and composer,  friend of his also very influential step father Alberto Rodriguez, gave him a pair of very bad quality bongoes to start studying with him. After some years Ernesto replaces Tata as the Trio Hermanos Rodriguez Percussionist; at the  same time he was influenced for hip hop, funk , reggae, afro latin and jazz, studying and playing with great musicians in his hometown, Caracas.

His career in Europe as a prolific and in-demand musician/producer continues growing and diversifying. 

Ernesto obtained his BA (Hons) in Music Performance and Production at the London Centre of Contemporary Music (LCCM), Middlesex University in 2013. He has also studied ethnomusicology and photography, and holds a degree in Mass Media and Communication from the Santa Maria University in his hometown of Caracas, Venezuela. In addition to his growing recognition as a musician, Ernesto’s vast experience and impeccable work as a creative director and copywriter have been recognised with a number of international awards.


Ernesto’s musical mentors include: in Venezuela, the Cuban maestro and composer Tata Guerra, the Venezuelan maestro Nene Quintero, and the Yamaha school for classical guitar; and in London, Simon Wallace, Pete Zeldman, Pete Cater, Sid Gauld, Dave O’Higgins, Richard Brooks, Graham Fox, Mark Armstrong and Bryan McLellan, among others. 


Ernesto has also taught drums (2015-2017 at London City Academy and London Centre of Contemporary Music), written music for films and commercials for brands like Wella Sassoon, 7 up, BMW, Bayer, Gatorade. among others,  been the Musical Director of the London Cabaret Club and worked as a percussionist on the West End show Motown. 

In 2017 won as Musician of the year in the UK Latin american awards (lukas Awards), as a percussionist, drummer or producer Ernesto have worked in more than 30 albums till the date.\


Worked With:


Jalen Ngonda, YUNGBLUD, BNXN, Tenor Juan Diego Florez, Scribz Riley, The New Regency Orchestra, Larry Harlow (Fania), Sigala, Craig David, John Newman, Imani Williams, Nile Rodgers, Ska Cubano, Elli Ingram, Loyle Carner,  Gary Bartz (Max Roach/Art Blakey/Miles Davis), Armando Manzaneros, Simón Díaz, Soledad Bravo, Laura Guevara, Natalia Lafourcade, Maite Hontelé, Tony Vega, Maelo Ruiz, Rafael ‘Pollo’ Brito, Osvaldo Román (Puertorican power), Cheo Feliciano, Hermán Olivera , Luisito Carrión (Sonora Poncena /Bobby Valentin) , Nella Rojas, Javier Limón, Moncho Santana (Grupo Niche), Trio Los Hermanos Rodríguez, Alberto Naranjo, Graciela Naranjo, Ashley Henry, Ill Considered, Motown the Musical, Tessela, Sexteto Café, Jesús Cutiño, Eliane Correa, Cuban Combination, Wara London, Roberto Pla, Dele Sosimi (Fela Kuti), Grupo Lokito,  Plastilina Mosh, Fauna Crepuscular, Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids, Sur Carabela,  Los Naipes, Jose Luis Moneró, Carmen Delia Dipini, Los Hispanos, Chucho Avellanet, Danny Rivera, Kiara, Maria Teresa Chacín, Clara Rodríguez, Danny Rivera,  Adedeji Adetayo, María Rivas, Afrocódigos, Cristobal Soto


Currently playing with: Jordan Rakei, Waaju, Eliane Correa y la Evolución Orquesta, New Regency Orchestra, Grupo Lokito.


Performance Highlights:


Royal Albert Hall, Jools Holland, Brixton Academy, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, NPR Tiny Desk, London Jazz Festival, BBC 6 Music Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, Southern Soul, BBC World Services, BBC 2 Jamie Cullum, BBC 4, Glastonbury, V Festival,  Fusion Festival, Sundown, Big chill, On Blackheath Festival, Womad UK, Blue note, Cotton Club Japan,  O2 Arena, Band on the wall, Edinburgh Fringe, Africa Oye, Womad Russia, Ronnie Scott, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Jazz Cafe, Teatro Teresa Carreño, Festival Number 6, Shambala Festival, Secret Garden Party, Isle of Wight festival, Love Supreme Festival, Love Box Festival, Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball, MTV, Boomtown, Farr Festival



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