Ricardo David Oviedo
Ricardo David, the oldest son of the Oviedo-Roca family, was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela in June of 1981.
When he was only four years old, Ricardo began to learn to play the drums under the supervision of his father, Pedro Oviedo. When he was eleven, he had his first formal performance at a wedding with his father.
At twelve years of age, he traveled to Miami and received classes on technique and advanced rhythms like samba, jazz, jazz-fusion and funk with the renowned drummer, Hector Acuña (ex-drummer in the O.T.I. festival) and his nephew, Alex Acuña.
Two years later, Ricardo began playing with his father’s band, “Viene Jesús”, interpreting Gospel/Pop music and touring throughout Venezuela and Colombia until 1998.
At seventeen years of age, he was the drummer for the metal band “Murder Silence” and the group “Hijos de la Cruz”.
At the age of twenty, Ricardo began his studies in composition and jazz harmony at the Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory in Barquisimeto, Venezuela under the teaching of the famed Venezuelan jazz guitarist, Fernando Freitez. At the same time, he was contracted by various bands to play and record, thus beginning his activity as a session musician.
From 2001 to 2004, Ricardo was the drummer of the band “People”.
Starting in 2002 and continuing until current day, he has ventured into teaching drums, giving beginner lessons through technique development classes to children, teens and adults.
In 2009, Ricardo performed in the Montreal International Jazz festival and McGill University.
He has lead the workshop “Evolving on the drums” from 2010 until present at the one of the most important musical camps, EMET, that gathers teenagers from the central western region of Venezuela in Caracas where he formed part of Michael Eustache’s band.
He also performed as guest drummer together with Pedro Eustache (international flutist), Beatriz Rivas (Singer and winner of “Estrellas de la Música”), Rodner Padilla (bassist for the group “Encayapa y C4Trio”) and studied Afro-Venezuelan percussion at the Biggot foundation.
Today, he is considered one of the top ten drummers in Venezuela and one of the best in Costa Rica. He has a degree in Theology and Biblical Arts with a specialty in drums. He is the tour drummer for Seth Condrey, and he also works as an instructor and recording drummer.
- Currently living in Costa Rica, working as musical producer and Session drummer with the great Multiplatinum & Grammy nominated, music producer Brandom ¨ Blue ¨ Hamilton.
- also audio engineer for TribuDDB, specifically in the post-production company, Fusion Digital.
- Winner of 3 gold and 1 bronze Volcan awards (2014) in the radio category (with Tribu DDB)
- Drummer at Openhouse Church and Seth Condrey
He has made presentations to international Christian artist as:
Pedro Eustache Mónica Rodríguez
Banda Escala (
Ronald López Fusión Band
Santiago Bosch Jazz Group
La Corriente - Safari 2015
Seth Condrey - Worship Sessions vol.1 2015
Gisel - Acompañame 2014
Fauadz Kassen - (Single ) Campo Costumbre 2013
Maslhy Sanz - (Single) Basura 2013
Salvavida - (single) Absurda Verdad 2012
Alexandra Torres - (Ep) Te Necesito 2012
Alegria Hidalgo - (Single) Sobre Este Mar 2012
Santiago Bosch - Guaro Report 2011
Salvavida - Nuevo Amanecer 2010
Escala - Pienso en ti 2010
Pintones y Maduros - Volumen IV 2009
Ronald López Fusión Jazz Band - Bandolas & Styles 2009