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Dunham Shoe Factory is a contemporary acoustic ensemble playing original compositions influenced by world traditions. A collaboration between Anna Patton (clarinet), Mac Ritchey (oud), Todd Roach (percussion) and Dave Haughey (cello), their music reflects a myriad of styles including Brazilian, Egyptian, Jazz, Turkish, Classical and Indian music. The result is an experience that is exuberant and soulful. In the words of concert promoter David Gerratt, Dunham Shoe Factory was a complete delight. Each performer is a talented soloist as well as a seasoned collaborator. Their music is complex and they hit every note with incredible precision. Our patrons were captivated from start to finish.

As a group, DSF is riding the momentum of a busy year to date. In the spring they released a live recording, Step Into The Mix. This summer they performed their first European concerts as one of the featured groups in the international music festival Tamburi Mundi. They were also selected for a semi-formal showcase performance at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference this fall. You can learn more about the group, collectively and individually, here: https://www.dunhamshoefactory.com/.

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Raquy Danziger is a celebrated performer, teacher and composer known worldwide 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 based in Istanbul, Turkey, 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 Istanbul where she trains daily under the direction of her teacher, master drummer Bunyamin Olguncan.

Raquy’s Düm is an electrifying ensemble show that features Turkish style darbuka/dumbek drumming in intricate and dazzling compositions comprised of rhythms from Turkey, Egypt, Iran and India as well as funk, samba and hip hop beats. The program also features dreamy melodic pieces that are based on Middle Eastern scales and rhythms. In these songs Raquy plays the mystical 12 stringed King Kemenche Tarhu, a futuristic version of the Persian spike fiddle invented by Peter Biffen from Australia. A treat for the eyes as well as the ears, this show is carefully choreographed with many theatrical elements and some audience participation.

You can learn more about Raquys work here: http://raquy.com/