London-based percussionist, drummer and producer
Born into a family with a long musical heritage, Ernesto has been playing percussion since the age of 8 and touring professionally since he was 10. In the two and a half decades since then, his career as a prolific and in-demand musician has continued to grow and diversify.
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 (focussing on South American and Caribbean rhythms) 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 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, 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 25 albums till the date.
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 England, Simon Wallace, Sid Gauld, Dave O’Higgins, Richard Brooks, Graham Fox, Mark Armstrong and Bryan McLellan, among others.
Currently Also playing with: Jordan Rakei, Teotima ensamble, Waaju, Sigala, Ashley Henry, Cherise Adams Burnett, Wara, Grupo Lokito, Danish Opera the Songs of child, Scandinavian singing club, Yelfris Valdez, Teotima Ensamble.
Collaborations, played for:
Larry Harlow (Fania), Sigala, Craig David, John Newman, Imani Williams, Ska Cubano, Elli Ingram, Loyle Carner, Armando Manzaneros, Simón Díaz, Soledad Bravo, Laura Guevara, Natalia Lafourcade, Maite Hontelé, Tony Vega, Maelo Ruiz, Rafael ‘Pollo’ Brito, Osvaldo Román, Cheo Feliciano, Hermán Olivera, Luisito Carrión, Nella Rojas, Javier Limón, Moncho Santana, 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, Los Tetas, 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
Montreux Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, Southern Soul, BBC World Services, BBC 2 Jamie Cullum, BBC 4, Glastonbury, V Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Fusion Festival, Sundown, Big chill, On Blackheath Festival, Womad UK, O2 Arena, Band on the wall, Edinburgh Fringe, Africa Oye, Womad Russia, Ronnie Scotts, Royal Albert Hall, 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