VIC FIRTH ARTIST
Antonio has a long spanned musical career beginning in 1968, where he began percussion studies (timpani) with Master Antonio Yepes, permanent timpanist at Colon Theatre. Two years later, Antonio took studied with Mr. Rolando Picardi. He has developed his career as a drummer and percussionist in many areas of music such as recording studios, television shows, live concerts, musical comedies, cultural projects, and education. Antonio is an authority in many musical styles such as pop, rock, melodic music, tango, Argentinean and Latin American folk.
Along with singer Roque Narvaja and other professional musicians, he took part in the cultural project "Group Chimango" with whom they recorded their self-titled release "Group Chimango". This record was recorded for the interprise CBS Columbia from Argentina and it is considered one of the first releases about folk-fusion in the country.
In 1976, he took part in the rock band "Pastoral", along with Hugo Villareal (bass) Manolo Yanes (keyboards). It was led by the singers Alejandro De Michele and Miguel A. Erausquin. In 1978, he went to Spain and stayed there for a year. During his stay, he performed with major local and Argentinian singers, such as Jorge Sobral, Eduardo Rodrigo, Amina, BB Muñoz, Piero and Roque Narvaja. In 1982, he shared a stage with Vinicius de Moraes singer, Maria Creuza from Brazil, in the orchestra conducted by Mr. Victor Diaz Velez. In 1985, he joined in the international tour all over Argentina with singer Luis Miguel. The tour finished after a performance at Luna Parck, in Buenos Aires.
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Antonio was chosen by several well-known conductors such as: Oscar Cardozo Ocampo, Horacio Malvicino, Mike Rivas, Victor Buchino, Oscar Lopez Ruiz, Luis Maria Serra, etc. He played tango to accompany Libertad Lamarque in Huelva Festival, Spain, led by the bandoneon player Carlos Buono. He also accompanied several Argentinian tango singers such as Raul Lavie (Tango Argentino), Jose A. Trelles (Astor Piazzola) and Maria Volonte.
In 1992 he was appointed by pianist Mr. Saul Cosentino to join in the tango group Vanguardia, which performed at San Martin Theatre Hall, Buenos Aires, and they recorded the CD "Himno a Buenos Aires" for Philips company with Fernando Suarez Paz (violin), Daniel Bineli (bandoneon), and Ricardo Lew (guitar). He was a member of one of the first tango groups from Argentina, made up of fives saxophones bass and drums, which was called "Saxtango". It was conducted by Arturo Shneider, and this group recorded song for the radio program F.M. Tango.
Antonio took part in the Folk Municipal Orchestra which was set up in 1986 by the Musical Spreading Centre in Buenos Aires Counsil. It was conducted by Mr. Osvaldo Requena and it included musicians Kelo Palacios (guitar), Oscar Alen (bass), and Ricardo Dominguez (guitar). Antonio took part in cultural projects of Latin American folk, along with the guitar player Jose Luis Castiñeira de Dios and the "Anacrusa" group and with Entre Rios orchestra, conducted by Master Ernesto Zemba.
In regards to jazz, Antonio has participated in Buki Arcella Trio, and as special guest he performed for Colon Theatre Philharmonic Orchestra during "Buenos Aires Sixth Jazz and Other Musical Styles Festival", which took place in 2007, conducted by Mr Pedro I. Calderón. They played "Symphonic Dances" for West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein.
As for his teaching career, Antonio has been permanent Drums and Percussion Professor at Hurlinghan Sta Hildas College, and at Sir Thomas Mallory School. Since 2005, he has been a columnist for the magazine "Bateristas al Sur", one of the most prestigous percussion magazines in South America.
Antonio also endorses Mapex Drums, Paiste Cymbals, and Evans drum heads.