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Raquy Danziger with Rami El Aasser

December 27, 2023 @ 7:30 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

Raquy Danziger will give a performance playing the darbuka and the Persian spiked fiddle called the king kemenche tarhu — a medley of original compositions, traditional Middle Eastern and classical music — accompanied by percussionist Rami El Aasser and with a guest appearance by Stefanie Weber on Tap.

Raquy will also offer a workshop for the community on Monday, December 18at The Lichtenstein Center for The Arts in Pittsfield at 7 p.m. withan introduction to split hand darbuka drumming. The group will explore darbuka finger techniques and middle eastern rhythms. Any hand drum player and all drummers and percussionists are welcome! Come learn more about these beautiful rhythms and an exciting new approach to an ancient technique.

“Raquy Danziger delivers a powerfully eclectic amalgamation of modern and ancient music.” -Skratch Magazine

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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, Raquy 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. In addition to drumming, Raquy plays the mystical twelve-string King Kemenche Tarhu, and is a disciple of the Azeri kemenche master Imamyar Hasanov and Arslan Hazretti.

Raquy has released thirteen 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.

Raquy 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.

Rami El-Aasser is co-director of the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble at Williams. He plays traditional percussion (darbuka, riq, deff) and sings worldwide with groups including Alsarah & the Nubatones, and Zikrayat. Currently based in North Adams, with musical roots in Brooklyn and Egypt, his repertoire includes classical and folk traditions from the Arab World, Greece, Balkans, Turkey, East and North Africa.

Rami’s grooves also can be found on many recordings, soundtracks, and live theatre productions, including playing on The Band’s Visit on Broadway. Rami composes and records the traditional percussion sections in tracks, playing tabla aka darbuka, riq, deff, clay tiblas, djembe, toumbak, and sagat. He was a regular at NYC’s taraab and dance parties with traditional musicians from across the Middle East, and also performs for theater and studio.
He has recenty started playing Oud, and can also be found in the kitchen.

The Nubatones, co-founded with singer Alsarah in Brooklyn the late 2000’s, has toured the world to over 40 countries playing East African Retro Pop at festivals and cultural venues including Glastonbury, Roskilde, Womadelaide, SxSW, Oslo World Music, Ozora, Transmusicales. Alsarah & the Nubatones have released two albums with a third in the pipeline.

Seating and bar open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30. This event is indoors.

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Date:
December 27, 2023
Time:
7:30 pm
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Event Location

The Foundry
2 Harris St.
West Stockbridge, MA
413-232-5222

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