Alejandro Neciosup Acuña (born December 12, 1944), known professionally as Alex Acuña, is a Peruvian drummer and percussionist.



Born in Pativilca, Peru, Acuña 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 1965 he moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1974 Acuña 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. Acuña 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, Elvis Presley, Chick Corea, Whitney Houston, Plácido Domingo, former Weather Report bandmates Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Beck, Roberta Flack, U2, Al Jarreau and Marcos Witt. He can be found on recordings by musicians as culturally diverse as Lee Ritenour, Johnny Clegg, Roy Orbison, YellowJackets, Lalo Schifrin, Milton Nascimento, Don Grusin, Dave Grusin, The Brecker Brothers, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito d'Rivera, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Brad Mehldau, BoDeans, Paco de Lucia, John Patitucci, Sadao Watanabe, Lyle Mays, Diana Ross, Sérgio Mendes, Robbie Robertson, Jackson Browne, Bette Midler, Jennifer Nettles, Christina Aguilera, Seal and Chris Botti.

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. The Winans, Andraé Crouch, Madonna, 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 Tide Is High" and also recorded more than 300 movies under the direction of Lalo Schifrin, Dave Grusin, Michel Legrand, Bill Conti, James Horner, James Newton Howard, John Williams, Alan Silvestri, Michael Giacchino, Christopher Beck, Maurice Jarre, Steve Jablonsky, John Powell and Heitor Pereira. In 1987, Acuña was summoned back to Perú by producer Ricardo Ghibellini to be the musical producer of Los Hijos del Sol, a supergroup of Peruvian prodigies designed to promote Peruvian music worldwide.

He has also worked as an educator at University of California, Los Angeles, and Berklee College of Music. LAMA, Musicians Institute, USC, CSUN.



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Collector's Series Maple Drums in Natural Lacquer over Koa Vertical Grain Exotic with Chrome Hardware

  • Cassa 18 x 22
  • Rullante "Edge" 6 x 13
  • Tom 7 x 8
  • Tom 8 x 10
  • Tom 9 x 12
  • Timpano 12 x 14
  • Timpano 14 x 16


  • 9000 Single Pedal
  • 5520 Dual/Accessory Hi-Hat Stand
  • 9300 Snare Drum Stand
  • 9991 Single Tom Stand
  • 9900 Double Tom Stand
  • 9700 Straight/Boom Cymbal Stand
  • 9700 Straight/Boom Cymbal Stand
  • 9700 Straight/Boom Cymbal Stand
  • 9700 Straight/Boom Cymbal Stand
  • DWSM934 Cymbal Arm
  • DWSM934 Cymbal Arm
  • 9100AL Air Lift Drum Throne

Piatti Zildjian

  • A New Beat Hats 13
  • A Custom Crash 16
  • K Costantinople Crash 16
  • K Splash 10
  • A Custom Splash 10
  • A Custom Splash 6
  • K Ride 22
  • A Custom Crash 18
  • A Custom Splash 6
  • A Custom Crash 18
  • FX Oriental China Trash 18

Bacchette Vic Firth

  • Alex Acuña Conquistador (SAA) (Lunghezza 16 / Diametro 0.440)
  • Alex Acuña Conquistador Clear (SAAC) (Lunghezza 16 / Diametro 0.440)
  • Alex Acuña El Palo (SAA2) (Lunghezza 16 1/8 / Diametro 0.500)

Percussioni Gon Bops

  • Alex Acuña Series Super Quinto 9 3/4 °
  • Alex Acuña Series Quinto 10 3/4 °
  • Alex Acuña Series Conga 11 1/2 °
  • Alex Acuña Series Tumba 12 1/4 °
  • Alex Acuña Series Bongò 7 + 8 1/2 °
  • Alex Acuña Series Cajon °
  • Alex Acuña Series Timbales
  • Alex Acuña Series Bombo Bell
  • Alex Acuña Series Campana Bell
  • Alex Acuña Series Cha-Cha Bell
  • Alex Acuña Series Paila Bell
  • Alex Acuña Series Timbale Bell


Alex Acuña -- Live at PAS '95: PAL Video Audio CD

Includes some of the deepest grooves and most fiery solos ever recorded. Segments of this video include: a solo performance of "Bye Bye Blackbird" with brushes, a rudimental drum solo, a discussion of grooving and relaxation, a shuffle performance with Luis Conté, and a Latin groove with Alex Acuña and Luis Conté. A classic tape by a legendary musician.