Oscar D’Auria – drummer, band leader, author, clinician, educator, producer – was born in Buenos Aires, studied drumset with Maestro Alberto Alcalá, piano at Instituto Santa Cecilia, and percussion with Professor José María Martín Porrás at Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid; during his residence in Spain.
He has worked with his own bands and sharing stage, TV, radio and albums with countless artists in several countries of South America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Russia, Japan and The United States of America.
His credits as an educator-author include the first rock rhythm method published in Latin America -Introducción al Rock / An Approach to Rock, and the founding of drumset courses at the SADEM (musicians union of Argentina); he has written 5 books more, has recorded the educational video “Batería en Acción” / “The Song and The Licks”, has taught in Argentina, Spain, France and the United States of America and taught clinics and master classes in Argentina, the U.S.A and cities of Spain and Portugal.
His career includes artists from Argentina such as: Sandro or Roberto Goyeneche; Spain: Julio Iglesias or Los Chunguitos; México: Armando Manzanero or Amanda Miguel; U.S.A: Marco Antonio Solís or Pandora; music conductors and name musicians like Domingo Moles, Oscar Cardozo Ocampo or Otmaro Ruiz; concert halls such as the Olympia of Paris, Luna Park and Vélez Sarsfield Stadium of Buenos Aires, CCP of Manila, Kallang Theatre of Singapore or the Yomiuri Hall of Tokyo; and albums like “Afro Tango” and “Tango 2000” with his band, or “Latin Fantasy” of Sony Music which includes two songs from “Afro Tango” along with songs by Gloria Estefan, Santana and Ricky Martin among other artists.
D’Auria has made innovations on the approach to play Tango on drumset, featured in his book “Drums-Batería-Drums”. Likewise he introduced percussion instruments into Tango: Congas, bongos, timbales, cowbells, claves, tambourine, cabasa, shakers, woodblocks, chimes, sleigh bells, finger cymbals and electronic drums and percussion. This backup of rhythm potential brougth to Tango, he named Afrotango; style and name now used by many musicians and bands over the world.
Presently he divides his time among teaching, clinics, stage and studio in Europe and South America, his drumming school in Buenos Aires and performing eventually around the world with his Latin-Jazz quartet for Celebrity Cruises of Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Princess Cruises.
Oscar D’Auria endorses Gretsch, Remo, Sabian, Gibraltar, Vic Firth, NP, Toca, Pacheco Percussion, Hecos, Colombo and Elpeñón.