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Frank Lazzaro on Dumbek


Mondays from 6-7:00 pm:
Doumbek-Middle Eastern drumming

World Beat Center, Balboa Park
2100 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA

Frank Lazzaro has been in the
San Diego area since 1986, where he
has studied African and Middle Eastern
drumming extensively. He has performed
with several dancers and groups,
including "Urban Vibrations" featuring
dancers Meleah and Desiree in the mid-nineties, and more recently "Damaru." This world beat fusion group derives their influences from African drumming traditions, as well as the rhythms of middle eastern dance. Damaru has made regular appearances at the San Diego Street Scene and has a self-titled CD.
Frank teaches dumbek in both group and private settings, and regularly drums for bellydance classes. He also has an instructional CD available for students of middle eastern drumming and dance. Frank has performed annually at MECDA's Cairo Carnival and is a member of SAMEDA. He is active in the San Diego dance scene, and produces monthly shows at Tango Del Rey in Pacific Beach, featuring live music and dancers. Here he has accompanied John Bilezikjian, Dave Dhillon, and other great musicians, in these exciting and successful showcases. Frank plays regularly with "Middle-Earth" as their lead drummer, and the group has released 3 CDs of mid-east fusion music suitable for belly dancing. Frank is also featured on IAMED's video production of "Hollywood Babylon", and performed at the Bellydance Superstars' recent stops in San Diego. Frank has studied and hosted workshops with master arabic tabla player Issam Houshan of Bellydance Superstars over the past few years.
Frank's current collaborations with tribal fusion instructor and performer Sabrina Fox have inspired the development of a new student percussion performance group, "Cairo Beats". He also makes yearly trips to Maui, where he is involved in the vibrant dance community there. Frank can always be found at local events, supporting the music and dance with his enthusiastic spirit. He is available for performances, workshops, and has CDs and drums available.




Read my articles at GILDED SERPENT: "Drumming For Dancers", "Understanding Middle-Eastern Rhythm" and  "Tips on Dancing to Live Music"


Only $15.00 incl. S & H in USA

Middle Eastern Drum Rhythms:

Drum and Dance to the beat of the Dumbek.
ABOUT THE CD: This instructional CD is designed to give drummers and dancers experience with middle-eastern rhythms in an easy to follow format. Contains 11 different popular rhythms plus an extended drum solo.


Selections include:
01. Beledi
02. Maqsoum
03. Ayyub
04. Mahlfuf
05. Saidi
06. Chiftetelli
07. Masmoudi
08. Bolero
09. Persian 6/8
10. Turkish 7/8
11. Karsilama 9/8
12. Drum Solo
- Also includes rhythmic notation
- Great for drum or bellydance students.


To Order, send check or money order for $15 to:

Frank Lazzaro 5045 Camino San Fermin #154

San Diego, CA 92130

I also accept PAYPAL- Ships within USA only.

(Other countries please contact for download options)
















I have excellent quality Egyptian doumbeks available for sale, direct from
Cairo. These are the style used for bellydance by professionals around the world.
The DARBUKAS come in a variety of metallic & colored enamel finishes, and include
carrying case, tuning key and extra head. Price is $120 plus shipping in US only.
Inlaid DOUMBEK drums also available , pricing from $200-325, depending on quality and design.

Please contact me by phone or email for more information or to place an order .

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