Raquy Danziger is a celebrated performer, teacher and composer known worldwide
for her expertise on the darbuka or 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 where she opened her own drumming school, the Darbuka Ofis.
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.
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.
Raquy has released four Dumbek Instructional Kits each of which
includes a book, a DVD and a CD and has released 9 albums.