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Raquy Danziger
Iranian Kamanche and Dumbek

Raquy Danziger - Dumbek and KamancheIn a world where Middle Eastern drumming has traditionally been the realm of Arabic males, Raquy Danziger is an anomaly. Audiences are not only surprised by this young woman from America, but captivated by her virtuosity, profound musicality and the passion she brings to performances. Her varied repertoire includes traditional Middle Eastern music as well as her own compositions.

A classically trained pianist, Raquy first discovered hand drumming during her travels in Varanase, India where she immersed herself in the study of Indian rhythmic cycles. Raquy was then drawn to the dumbek (otherwise known as tabla) and the groove of Middle Eastern music. In the last few years, Raquy has found her own voice as a soloist, group leader and composer. She writes compositions for ensembles comprised of her students as well as master players from the Middle East. In 2002 she formed Raquy and the Cavemen where she also plays the Iranian kamanche, a rare and exotic bowed instrument. 

Raquy’s infectious enthusiasm for Middle Eastern music has made her one of the most sought after teachers of Middle Eastern drumming in NYC. An inspiration to scores of students locally and hundreds more at drumming camps and retreats around the country, Raquy has roused a wave of “Dumbek Fever” sweeping America. Other than Raquy and the Cavemen CD's, Raquy has also made “Masmudi” (2001), featuring beautiful traditional Middle-Eastern songs played by some of NY's greatest Middle-Eastern musicians.

Raquy's website: www.raquy.com

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Liron Peled - Guitar and Dumset

Liron Peled
Guitar and Dumset

Liron was born in Israel, and started playing drumset at 10 years old. He moved to the states with his rock band "EMOK", where he was drawn to Middle Eastern music and started playing dumbek. Besides Raquy and the Cavemen, he has been a busy performer, producer and composer, and has collaborated with artists such as Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Balkan Beat Box.

Liron grew up on hard rock music (like Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, Pantera, Led Zeppelin and more) and that's what gives Raquy and the Cavemen that powerful edge that makes you want to bang your head.

Liron plays Dumset, which is a contraption he invented comprised of a Bass Dumbek played with a right foot pedal, a Riq (tambourine) played with a left foot pedal, a dumbek in his lap and cymbals played with his hands.