Raquy Danziger is one of the most popular performers, teachers and composers of Middle Eastern Drumming today. Audiences worldwide 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.
For the past few years, Raquy has been going to Egypt to teach and perform, where she has collaborated with some of the most famous musicians, including Said El-Artist and Hamish Henkish, she has appeared on regional TV including Al-Jazeera Channel and National Egyptian Television and was interviewed by numerous magazines.
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. Later, in Israel, Raquy was 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. She also formed Raquy and the Cavemen, a group in which she also plays the Iranian kemenche, 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 is single–handedly responsible for the wave of "Dumbek Fever" sweeping the metropolitan area.
Raquy has released 2 Dumbek Instructional Kits - "Dumbek Fever" I (Beginner) and "Dumbek Fever" II (Intermediate/Advanced) - which include a book, a DVD and a CD that's selling all over the world. She also released 5 albums: "Mischief" (2008), "Naked" (2007), "Jordan" (2005), "Dust" (2003) and "Masmudi" (2001). "Dust" has reached the top 20 on the CMJ world chart and "Jordan" debuted at the top 30. Her latest CD, "Mischief", was released in spring 2008.