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Alejandro Neciosup Acuna aka Alex Acuna (born December 12, 1944) is a Peruvian drummer and percussionist, in the Afro-Cuban jazz style.

Born in Pativilca, Peru, Acuna played in local bands from the age of ten, and moved to Lima as a teenager. At the age of eighteen he joined the band of Perez Prado, and in 1967 he moved to Puerto Rico. In 1974 Acuna moved to Las Vegas, working with artists such as Elvis Presley and Diana Ross, and the following year he joined the jazz-fusion group Weather Report, appearing on the albums Black Market and Heavy Weather. Acuna left Weather Report in 1978, and became a session musician in California, recording and playing live with (amongst many others) Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Ella Fitzgerald, Jim Walker, Chick Corea, Whitney Houston, Plácido Domingo, Phil Keaggy, Sergeant Petter, Sam Phillips, former Weather Report bandmates Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Beck, Roberta Flack, U2, and Al Jarreau. He can be found on recordings by musicians as culturally diverse as Javier Malosetti, Lee Ritenour, Peter Gabriel, Johnny Clegg, Robbie Robertson, Jackson Browne and Flavio Sala.

In the 1980s Acuña also recorded and toured with the Christian jazz band Koinonia, which featured session musicians Abraham Laboriel, Justo Almario, Hadley Hockensmith, Harlan Rogers, and Bill Maxwell. He played on Willy DeVille's Crow Jane Alley album and in 1987 he teamed up with Elvis Presley's TCB Band for the Roy Orbison TV special "A Black and White Night". He played percussion on Blondie's number one hit "The Ti
de Is High".

He has also worked as an educator at University of California, Los Angeles and Berklee College of Music.


2012     Battleship [Original Score]     Steve Jablonsky     Percussion
2012     John Carter     Michael Giacchino     Percussion
2011     Rise of the Planet of the Apes     Patrick Doyle     Ethnic Percussion
2009     Duplicity [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     James Newton Howard     Percussion
2009     Imagine That [Soundtrack]         Percussion
2008     Hancock [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Powell      Percussion
2007     Charlie Wilson's War [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Hand Percussion
2006     Happy Feet [Original Score]     John Powell     Percussion
2005     An Adventure Story of Steamboy     Steve Jablonsky     Percussion
2005     Good Night & Good Luck - O.S.T.     Dianne Reeves     Percussion
2005     Mr. & Mrs. Smith [Original Motion Picture Score]     John Powell     Percussion
2005     The Very Best of George Howard     George Howard     Congas, Main Personnel, Percussion
2005     The Very Best of Larry Carlton     Larry Carlton     Guest Artist, Main Personnel, Percussion
2001     Traffic [Original Film Score]     Cliff Martinez     Percussion
1992     Northern Exposure         Drums, Percussion
1991     Marrying Man     David Newman     Percussion
1991     The Mambo Kings [1992 Original Soundtrack]         Percussion



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