Welcome to the internet home of Nick Ragheb.  Nick is a performer, teacher and researcher of music of the Near East, currently located in Santa Barbara, California (USA). He performs and teaches the goblet shaped drum (i.e. "darbuka," "doumbek," or "tabla"), the frame drum ("daff," "tar," or "bendir") and the reed flute ("nay" or "ney"), and he has studied with a number of renowned Turkish, Egyptian, and Israeli performers. He has also participated in numerous innovative musical projects, combining elements of many of the World’s rich musical traditions.  In addition to his performance interests, he has conducted several years of ethnomusicological research on Turkish drum making and performance practices, and he is currently researching music of the Coptic community in Egypt.