"You [Fernando] are one of the most unique and talented musos I have ever encountered. You weave melodies out of percussion, a feat rarely achieved by drummers. You have given incredible backbone to my music."
Ezra Axelrod – Singer-Songwriter/Recording Artist/Producer, London
"Endlessly creative and energetic, Fernando set the standard for what I hope for when I hire a session musician."
Steve ...Berman – Composer, Berman-Branco Music, Boston
Drummer Fernando Medina gathers kudos like these in the US and beyond for doing what he does best: 100% rhythmic, textural and dynamic collaboration-- and then some.
Born in Washington DC, Fernando was first a geologist for a few years after studying everything but music at Boston and Oxford Universities. But soon as he devoted himself to playing professionally, Fernando began an odyssey, the range of which challenges the imagination: sharing the stage with the likes of Jah Wobble (Public Image Ltd.), Eddie Money and Roger Miller (Mission Of Burma); US and European tours with acts like Christian Death and After The Crash; London musicals with Ezra Axelrod; the Panama Jazz Fest to SXSW; top-40 band residencies at five-star hotels in Macau and Shenzhen; tracks for Volkswagen commercials and online Ultimate Arcade games; even live soundtrack performances of F.W. Murnau's silent film, Nos Feratu.
The man rolls with it! Life gave him a snare drum-- he played it with rudimental precision in the Boston Crusaders Drum Corps. Buckets and sticks-- he taught grooves to street kids in Central America. Steel thermos and ballpoint pen-- he improvised infectious rhythms while dancing amongst Algerians on the banks of the Seine River in Paris, exuberantly accompanying their folkloric music.
To work with Fernando is not just to work with a drummer, but a unique, rhythmic co-creator.
To tour with Fernando is not simply to have a tour-mate, but an adaptable, personable globe-trotter.
Fernando Medina is the nexus of musical and life experience seasoned with intuition, energy and-- a resilient sense of humor.
21" Gospel Ride
17" Heavy Hammered Crash
18" Latin Crash
8" Custom Brilliant Crash
14" Gospel China
15" FXO B6