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Raquy and Rami perform @ SOMA

December 30, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

Raquy Danziger and Rami El Aasser stand under sun-dappled trees holding hand drums. Press photo courtesy of the Foundry
Raquy Danziger and Rami El Aasser

SOMA at the Eclipse Mill will host two highly accomplished musicians in North Adams, percussionists Raquy Danziger and Rami El Aasser.

“Raquy is visiting from Israel, getting some respite from the turmoil there. She has a passion for visual artist as well, and will be showing her artwork at the concert. Rami is relatively new to the area, having traveled the world drumming with various bands. He also composes his own music and teaches Middle Eastern drumming at Williams College. They welcome people to dance at their concerts!”

SOMA asks people to please RSVP to soma@somastudio.org (even if it’s last minute), so they know how many chairs to set up, and because space is somewhat limited. They will have some light refreshments after the concert, so feel free to stay and meet the musicians.

Raquy Danziger is an internationally acclaimed musician, artist, teacher and composer based in Jaffa. Considered to be one of the foremost experts and virtuosos on the oriental goblet drum known as the darbuka, Raquy is renowned for her electrifying performances.

Through her concerts, compositions, and teaching methodology, she says, she has made a significant contribution toward elevating the darbuka from a humble folk drum to a shining solo instrument fit for a concert hall. Through her mission to introduce the darbuka to people all over the world, Raquy has inspired a new generation of players.

Along with drumming, Raquy plays the mystical twelve-string King Kemenche Tarhu, and is a disciple of the Azeri kemenche master Imamyar Hasanov and Arslan Hazretti. She has released 13 albums, five darbuka method books, and two volumes of her original compositions. Her educational offerings are available through her online darbuka school: Darbukaschool.com. More than two thousand students are currently enrolled in her courses.

She has performed, taught, and been a featured guest at festivals in Germany, Egypt, Poland, Japan,Russia, Canada, Ukraine, Mexico, Bosnia, India, USA, Italy, Uzbekistan, Israel, Spain, Greece and Turkey.
In addition to music Raquy makes illuminated paintings and wrote a vegan cookbook.

Rami performs at concert halls, cafés, theaters, clubs, and festivals worldwide with groups including AlSarah & the Nubatones, Zikrayat, and Raquy DÜM. He currently co-directs the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble at Williams College in Massachusetts.

Rami El Aasser‘s grooves also can be found on many recordings, soundtracks, and live theatre productions, recently appearing in the Broadway production of The Band’s Visit. One may also find him at NYC bellydance and tarab parties.

Rami plays both Arabic and Turkish style on the tabla and other drums in the percussion family. The darbuka, aka doumbek or Arabic tabla, is a chalice drum. It holds an ocean of sounds. Its voice gauges the tempo and feel of Middle Eastern music.

Rami has performed at cultural institutions including D.C. Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the MET, Apollo Theatre, the United Nations, TED, Broadway (The Band’s Visit 2019) and international festivals including: SxSW (2018), Glastonbury (2017), Cully Jazz (2017), WOMEX (2017), WOMADelaide (2015) Lallapalooza (2005), Celebrate Brooklyn (2012), Central Park SummerStage (2002), Festival Des Traditions Du Monde (2013), Lincoln Center Out of Doors (2010), FloydFest (2005), Lowell Folk Fest (2010), Chicago World Music Festival (2011, 2017), Ashkenaz Toronto, the Alexandria Summer Festival -Egypt (2009), Sibiu International Theatre Festival -Romania (2005, 2008), and Novaja Drama Festival in Russia (2003).

As well as drums, Rami also holds a Masters degree from the Gallatin School at NYU, and a BS Sp from Northwestern University in Performance Studies and International Studies. He teaches Arabic and Turkish percussion through workshops and lessons.

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Date:
December 30, 2023
Time:
7:00 pm
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Event Location

Eclipse Mill
243 Union St.
North Adams, MA

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