The Raquy Danziger Trio, Turkish-Arab Perfusion

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Settle in for an intimate explosion of heart-stirring sounds on percussion, oud and kemanche, accompanied by beautiful dance, when world traveler Raquy Danziger performs live in L.A., one night only with Michael Burdi on oud, featuring Lady Bruce. Seating is limited for this rare concert, tickets are just $20 general admission (get them online easily, below). 

This electrifying show features Turkish style darbuka/dumbek drumming in intricate and dazzling compositions comprised of rhythms from Turkey, Egypt, Iran and India as well as funk, samba and hip hop beats and contrasted by dreamy melodic pieces. A treat for the eyes as well as the ears, this show is carefully choreographed with many theatrical elements and some audience participation.

Raquy Danziger is a celebrated performer, teacher, and composer known worldwide for her expertise on the dumbek/darbuka, the Middle Eastern goblet drum. Hailing from unlikely Western roots (Brooklyn), Raquy has distinguished herself as a unique phenomenon and earned a place of renown in the genre. She also plays the mystical 12-string King Kemenche Tarhu, a futuristic version of the Persian spike fiddle.

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raquysummer2016-b.jpgMore About Raquy

Raquy has collaborated and performed with some of the most famous Middle Eastern drummers in the world and has given concerts and workshops across the USA, Canada, The Middle East, Asia, Europe, Russia and South America. 

Now based in Istanbul, Turkey, Raquy specializes in the Turkish Split Hand Technique. This style was born twenty years ago when the Turkish drummers began splitting the hand, thus attaining unprecedented speed and dexterity. 

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 has studied with Iranian kemenche master Arlsan Hazreti in Istanbul. Raquy has composed over thirty melodic pieces and for the kemenche as well as countless drumming pieces which she plays in her concerts and which can be heard in the nine albums she has released.

She 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,Turkish Television, Arabs Got Talent, and has been interviewed on Al Gezira.

Raquy's infectious enthusiasm for Middle Eastern music has attracted students from around the globe. She has released four Dumbek Instructional Kits each of which includes a book, a DVD and a CD. These have helped to spread “Dumbek Fever” far and wide, opening new horizons for students.  She also hosts drumming retreats and seminars for her students in various locations across the world.

michael-burdi-oud-speia.jpgAbout Michael Burdi

Michael Joseph Burdi is a multi-instrumentalist from Brooklyn NY. Michael discovered the Middle Eastern lute or oud in 2012. Being of maternal Syrian descent, the Arabic oud quickly became his instrument of choice. While traveling to Morocco, Brazil and India he was inspired to create music inspired by various cultures while rooted in Middle eastern modes or Maqams. After studying the oud and developing a repertoire of traditional music Michael began composing original compositions and formed the Baharat Band in 2014, releasing the debut album Mosaics in June 2016. Michael has performed original music on oud in concerts across the United States as well as abroad in Canada, Egypt and Japan.

lady-bruce-300.jpgAbout Lady Bruce

Lady Bruce aka Ariel is a percussive dancer, teacher, choreographer and musician from Callander, Ontario. In 1999, Ariel began studying Ottawa Valley stepdance with Chad Wolfe of North Bay, Ontario. She excelled quickly under Wolfe's tutelage and began dancing competitively within the first year of her studies. Throughout her competitive career, Ariel distinguished herself as one of the youngest Canadian champions to ever emerge, winning top honors from the age of 13 until her retirement, including several years as the Ontario Open Champion, as well as winning the prestigious Pembroke Open Stepdance Championship.

Since turning professional at the age of 14, she has performed at many of Ontario's major folk festivals. Ariel has been a guest performer at theatres and venues across the province with artists such as Everything Fitz, Shane Cook, Ashley MacIsaac, Yves Lambert and Brian Hebert.

After retiring from competition, Ariel began exploring tap dance, learning how to improvise and expand her rhythmic vocabulary. Two years later, she began experimenting with her own unique fusion style, which incorporated elements of Ottawa Valley stepdance, tap dance and world percussion, which she then showcased at festivals including Summerfolk Music Festival in Owen Sound, Ontario and Celtic Colours on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

In 2013 and 2014, she traveled to Istanbul, Turkey to work with Raquy Danziger on a project which adapted Turkish rhythms for the percussive dance medium. Ariel began studying darbuka under Raquy at the same time. She received full funding for this project from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Ariel continues to strive for development as an artist, seeking new ways to delve further into the rhythmic aspect of percussive dance.


  • December 09, 2017 at 8:30pm – 10:30pm
  • The Salon on 7th, 429 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
  • $20.00 USD
  • 8 people are going
  • Alfred Madain



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$20.00 Raquy Danziger Trio, General Admission

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