Ernie Durawa is known for the high quality of his
performances on stage and in the studio.
He has played on two Grammy Award-winning records, performed at major
venues throughout the United States,
and toured often in Europe while maintaining a highly productive career in Austin's live and studio
John Lee Hooker, Herb
Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Larry Coryell, Clark Terry, Big Joe Turner, George Gobel,
Willie Nelson, Jimmy Day, Jackie King, Delbert McClinton, Don Walser, The Texas
Tornados, Los Jazz Vatos, Johnny Bush, Albert Collins, Gateworth Brown, W.C. Clark, Jr. Brown
and many others.
Ernie is also a musician committed to teaching students of
all ages. He was recently invited to
give college-level drum seminars at Texas
in San Marcos and at the California Institute
for the Arts in Valencia. He is currently a faculty member with the
Connecticut-based National Guitar Workshop.
Since 1994, he has participated with Austin Jazz Workshop in presenting
more than one hundred and twenty music seminars each year for elementary school
students in the Austin
He also offers private drum lessons at Austin Guitar
Ernie's teaching approach is based on his own formal
training as well as his performance experience.
Early in his career, he left Texas and
studied for three years in Chicago
with Roy C. Knapp, the foremost American drum instructor at that time and the
mentor of Gene Krupa. In Ernie's own
words: "I was a good natural player but
Roy Knapp taught me to understand the music - the mental part of it - and the
necessary techniques. Roy
opened my eyes and ended all the guesswork.
I believe the best players combine the right feel with a sure grasp of
music fundamentals. That is what I try
to get across to my own students."
After returning from Chicago,
Ernie became the drummer for Texas
rhythm and blues artist Delbert McClinton.
He toured with the group for several years and provide the steady beat
behind McClinton's live shows and performances on Saturday Night Live, Solid
Gold, and Austin City Limits. Later as
the drummer for the Texas Tornados, Ernie played on the Grammy Award winning "Soy
de San Luis" and on their first hit album.
He was described as providing "the thunderstorm of rhythm that spawns
the Texas Tornados" (El Paso Herald).
More recently he was featured on the cover of the Austin Chronicle
Magazine as well as being inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame.
"Ernie, You are so, so
good! Maybe some of your talent will rub
off on Redmond, Love Farrah Fawcett"
"Ernie was wonderful
with our students. He has a natural
rapport with kids." (Kelly Laws, Music Teacher, Sims Elementary (AISD))
"You are the very
best! It is an honor and privilege working
with you." (Susan Mazer, Austin Director, National Guitar Workshop)
"Ernie Durawa is one of
the most respected musicians in the Austin live music scene, and he is also one
of the really good people." (Larry Monroe, KUT Radio 90.5 FM, Austin)
2012 New Artist Signings
The Innovative Percussion artist roster is actively growing with some very exciting names. Here are just a few recent additions for 2012....