Drummer / Percussionist / Producer / Educator
Born in Moca, Dominican Republic and based in New York City since 2011, Arturo Peña has shared the stage with some of the world’s most renowned artists such as Juan Luis Guerra, Angelique Kidjo, The Rolando Briceño Afro-Venezuelan Big Band, Pavel Nuñez, Gian-Carla Tisera, Wason Brazoban, Elio Villafranca Trio and many others across jazz, Latin, pop, experimental, rock and world music genres. Besides his work as an avid sideman and collaborating artist he also leads and directs the Arturo Peña Big Band and the AP Quartet. He plays and tours with bands in the New York City area and abroad.
He began studying the drums at age 13 with the famous Dominican drummer Pablito Drums. In 2005 the Berklee World Scholarship Tour awarded him a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music. At Berklee he studied with jazz greats such as Terri Lyne Carrington, Skip Hadden, Victor Mendoza, Winston Maccow, Greg Hopkins, John Ramsay and Ian Froman. Arturo Peña is the recipient of the ZILDJIAN Scholarship for "Outstanding Musicianship”, The Berklee Achievement-Based Scholarship (BAS), and the Berklee International Grant Award, among others.
Arturo Peña explores his passion for recording, producing, writing, engineering music and helping artists bring their musical visions to life. He arranges works for big band, large and small ensembles, solo artists and bands. His main musical influences are Tony Williams, Jack Dejohnette, Elvin Jones, Steve Gadd, Dennis Chambers, Mike Portnoy, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Michel Camilo, Chick Corea, Cliff Almond, Antonio Sanchez and Pablito Drums.