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Eric LaPerna, drummer

Eric LaPerna and his son Leo LaZarate perform a traditional Turkish folk song on the cura saz and darbuka, and talk about the melodic and rhythmic modes of the composition.

A performing musician for over 25 years. Eric’s specialities are Middle Eastern hand drums and rhythmic systems.

Eric is the Director of the Bowdoin College Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, and is a member of the Applied Music Faculty at Bates College as well as adjunct instructor of hand percussion at Bowdoin College.

He also teaches private lessons and workshops on Middle Eastern hand drums and music throughout New England.

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