Raquy Danziger is a celebrated performer, teacher and composer known for her expertise on the dumbek or darbuka, the Middle-Eastern goblet drum.
Hailing from unlikely Western roots, Raquy has distinguished herself as a unique phenomenon and earned a place of renown in the genre. She 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 back and forth between Istanbul, Turkey and New York, Raquy specializes in the Turkish Split Hand Technique. This style was born 20 years ago when the Turkish drummers began splitting the hand, thus attaining unprecedented speed and dexterity. In 2012 Raquy opened her “Darbuka Ofis” in downtown Istanbulwhere she trains daily under the direction of her teachermaster drummer Bunyamin Olguncan. Her Ofis has become a center for drumming., attracting drummers from all over the world who flock to Istanbul to learn from Raquy and Bunyamin.
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 over 40 melodic pieces for the kemenche as well as countless drumming pieces which she plays in her concerts and which can be heard in the 9 albums she has released.