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Saturday March 7 and Sunday March 8, 2:00-5:00 pm both days

Istanbul based Darbuka drummer Raquy Danziger will present Turkish style darbuka drumming: This workshop will cover:

- Basic Techniques
- Middle Eastern Rhythms
- Participants will have the opportunity to accompany melodic songs

This workshop is open to all levels. Participants should bring their own drum, preferably a Darbuka or Dumbek, but any kind of goblet drum will do.

Students will receive free admittance to Saturdays' evening concert with Raquy and the Darbuka Genies. Begins at 8:00PM

Price: $150 includes both days of workshop (3 hours each day) and concert Saturday night


Raquy Danziger is a celebrated performer, teacher and composer known worldwide for her expertise on the dumbek, the Middle-eastern hand drum. Hailing from unlikely Western roots, Raquy has distinguished herself as a unique phenomenon and earned a place of renown in the genre. In demand on several continents, she has collaborated and performed with several of the most famous Middle Eastern drummers in the world.

Now based in Istanbul, Turkey, Raquy specializes in a style know as the Turkish Split Hand technique. Her study, practice, and perfection of this technique with her teacher Bunyamin Olguncan and other master Turkish drummers has helped her realize a mission: to incorporate what she has learned into her original music and share it with audiences and students world wide through performances, workshops and instructional materials.

Raquy has had the honor of performing several times in Egypt as a soloist with Said El Artist (The Egyptian "King of Tabla") and his drumming orchestra at the Cairo Opera House, the Alexandria Opera House, the Cairo Citadel, the historic Ewart Hall in downtown Cairo, and the Great Hall in the Bibliotheque in Alexandria. In 2005 she was the recipient of the Meet the Composer grant, which enabled her to perform her original composition with Said El Artist's orchestra in Egypt. Raquy has appeared on Good Morning Egypt, Leila Kebira, O TV, the Culture Channel, and Turkish Television, and has been interviewed on Al Gezira.

In addition to the dumbek, Raquy also plays the twelve- string Kemenche Tarhu, a rare and exotic bowed instrument designed after the Iranian spike fiddle. She currently studies the kemenche with Iranian kemenche master Arlsan Hazreti in Istanbul. Raquy has composed many melodic pieces for the kemenche which she plays in her concerts and which can be heard in her albums. She is currently compiling a book of her melodic compositions.