Rami ElAasser
360 S. 4th St. 1B, Brooklyn NY, 11211
Instruments: Drums, Early Music, Ethnomusicology, Other, Percussion, World Music
Styles: World, Other
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experience: 15 years
Rate: $60 / hr
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Personal Statement
I play and teach the arabic tabla, aka doumbek or darbuka, riq, and frame drums from classical to folk with groups like Alsarah and The Nubatones, Zikrayat, and at NYCís live music Haflas.

I have a background in western music [piano, voice, and percussion] and play traditional music from around the middle east including, Turkey, Greece, Egypt, e. Africa and the Balkans.
Technique-wise, I started playing traditional arabic style, and in the last 6 years have incorporated the split hand technique into this playing. My teaching incorporates the best elements of western and eastern method. Listening, Saying, Playing, and Writing.

In my regular group classes, workshops, and private lessons, students learn technique, traditional rhythms from all over the region, accompaniment for music and dance, and group compositions.

With Raquy, we offer bi annual (march/ august) retreats in upstate NY since 1999, bringing together all levels of doumbek players and drum enthusiasts.

Private Lessons Available - Brooklyn
Beginner Doumbek Saturdays 12-1pm BDA Studios 265 W 37th St Suite 206 NYC
Intermediate Split Hand Darbuka WEdnesdays 5.30-7pm 265 W 37th St Suite 206 NYC
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Education / Training
Rami has studied and performed with darbuka greats including
Khamish Khenkish
Said El Artist
Bunyamin Olguncan
Raquy Danziger
Ashraf ElDin Hassan (riq)
Amir Noam

Rami performs worldwide playing percussion and singing traditional and modern music and dance, soundtrack, live theatre, and recordings.
RamiTabla: Cacahuete LIve with Raquy and Joaquin
Nubatones at Centro Festival Bogota Jan 2015


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